Thursday, January 13, 2011

Furniture Makeover

Take to the furniture – whether it be wood or metal – with a wire brush and sandpaper, and finish off with paint. Include the garden umbrella in the revamp with fun polka-dot additions to its cover, and scatter matching cushions on chairs and benches. With your outdoor setting looking its absolute best for summer, you can reward yourself – with a gelato, of course! This fabulous tutorial is from Better Homes and Gardens - be sure to visit the website for more great tutorials like this one!
Gather your supplies :
  • Slat timber outdoor table
  • Tarpaulin
  • Wire brush
  • Electric sander with 120-grit sandpaper
  • Dulux Weathershield Low Sheen Acrylic in White, Featherbed (light blue), Passion Flower (pink), Cream Cake (cream), Vision (mauve) and Spatial Spirit (light green)
  • Spray gun
  • Safety gear
  • Paintbrush
STEP 1 Lie your table on tarpaulin and sweep away cobwebs and dust. Then use wire brush to remove any flaking paint.

STEP 2 Working in direction of grain, sand top, bottom and legs of table with electric sander. When table is smooth, wipe away dust and it’s ready to be painted.

STEP 3 Dilute white paint by adding 100ml water per litre of paint. Fill spray gun bottle with diluted paint. Wearing safety gear, spray entire table surface. Let dry.

STEP 4 Working with outdoor paint in gelato-like colours and using a colour sequence of your choice, brush a different colour onto each slat. Let dry. Apply a second coat of paint.
Gather your supplies:
  • Old outdoor umbrella
  • 120-grit sandpaper and sanding block
  • Tarpaulin
  • White rust-resistant spray paint
  • Safety gear
  • Assorted cups, bowls and plates
  • Polka-dot cotton fabric
  • Fray Stop
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Pencil
  • Lint-free cloth
STEP 1 Carefully remove umbrella cover and set aside. Working on tarpaulin, sand smooth umbrella arms and pole. Dust off then lightly spray-paint arms and pole white. Let dry.

STEP 2 Draw several circles of different sizes onto wrong side of polka-dot fabric. The easiest way to do this is to use a pencil to trace around various cups, bowls and plates.

STEP 3 To prevent raw edges of fabric from fraying, run a thin line of Fray Stop around pencil outline of each circle. Let dry, then use sharp pair of scissors to cut out each circle.

STEP 4 Re-fit cover on frame. Arrange circles on cover to your liking. Working with 1 circle (wrong-side up) at a time, run glue just inside fabric edge. Position circle (right-side up) on cover.

Whip up matching cushions, too. Just stitch two 42cm fabric squares, right-sides together, leaving a gap for filling. Turn right-side out, insert cushion and stitch gap closed. Easy!

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