Painting Outdoor Furniture {Thrift Store Find}

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Do you love thrift store shopping like I do?

Does your husband sweetly roll his eyes as you bring in your goodies with the grocery bags as if you can hide a large, gross silver tray?

Yes, that is me!  

He is kind of digging my $4.50 side table from Goodwill.

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southern screened porch

This is what she looked like when I placed her on the porch.  I kind of wish I’d bought the other one now.  

Yes, there were two!  Boo!  I could have had the other one at the other end of the porch between the two wicker gliders.  Oh, well!  One of these days I will learn!

You can find the full porch tour HERE.

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I had previously used Annie Sloan Chalk paint on the covered porch pieces.  I did this after much research and asking questions from the gurus of chalk paint.  You simply paint and do nothing else.  I love chalk paint and have been using it all over the house for various projects, but just don’t like the look outside for my furniture, especially when outdoor furniture requires constant spring cleaning during pollen season.  

I am in the process of repainting those pieces in quality satin outdoor paint.  I wanted the same Duck Egg Blue that I used in the Annie Sloan Chalk paint.  I have been a devoted follower of Altar’d Designs.  They have a wealth of furniture painting information!

One great thing!  They have created an ASCP color comparison chart to Behr and Sherwin Williams colors.  I simply took the colors with me to Lowes and they mixed the Sherwin Williams color that corresponded to ASCP’s Duck Egg Blue.  The Sherwin Williams color is 6213.  It’s a pretty good match!  I am very pleased with it.  I am also very happy now with the durability the outdoor paint offers.

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I have already removed the glass top.  I really like glass top tables on the porch.  They are great for sweating drink glasses without the need to worry about ruining the finish!  

I cleaned the grime off the entire table and just lightly sanded the table top with my rotary sander.

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I removed the bottom base to get a nice, clean overall paint finish.

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This paint has primer built-in so I was able to skip a step!  Yay!!  I painted two coats all over, but did a third on the top and bottom shelf.  It covered beautifully!  I highly recommend the Valspar outdoor paint with primer!

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I just love this color!

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Our screened porch is our favorite room in the house during outdoor weather months! 

You can find the full porch tour HERE.

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  1. Hi,
    I love the porch tour. It’s so pretty! I am wondering what you used to hang the items you have on the brick. We have a brick fireplace and I want to hang something above it, however, I don’t want to drill or cause permanent damage. Thanks!

    • Christy says:

      Thank you so much!!! You can by brick hanging clips. I first started using them at our old house to hang a Christmas wreath. Unfortunately the brick work on this house doesn’t allow enough of a groove for it to grab. My husband had to use a cement screw. ~Christy (I’d check Amazon…they have everything!)

  2. Thanks for sharing Christy. I think the finished result looks great!
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  3. Hi! I saw your picture on Pinterest and had to comment. I have the entire set of end tables and coffee table just like yours from my grandparents. It had been in their house for at least 32 years bc that’s how old I am. They are in my house now painted white. I love them! You won’t find octagonal furniture nowadays! :-)

    • How cool is that! I love it so much and just kicking myself for not buying both at Goodwill!!! I bet they are beautiful in white! Happy Holidays!! XXOO Christy

    • I had the end tables and the coffee table too, found at curbside. Brought them home and dang if my dog didn’t eat the bottom out of the coffee table. Broke the glass of one end table moving; the coffee table would have been fixed but didn’t fit in our new home. This table barely fits in (decor wise) with the rest of our living room — and now I know exactly how to remedy that! Even DH liked this and to drag him away from Farmville and have him look at something for interior decoration and have him LIKE it? That’s amazing!

  4. I also learned the hard way that you should always buy the pair if you find a great piece of furniture! This came out beautifully, I’m sharing it on my Facebook page.
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  5. Love the table! Wondering if you can distress this paint like with chalk paint. I have a wood bench that I want to paint for my porch, but I would like a distressed look. -Jan

    • I think you could, Jan as long as it is in a covered, protected area. I’m not sure if you can with paint…but look into adding an outdoor poly over it to protect the exposed areas. If it is covered…I think you are safe! I think it will look great! Thanks by the way!!

  6. I have this exact table (times two). I bought the set at Goodwill as well! They have been in my living room for two years, all ugly and brown. I was thinking of painting them white but now you have opened my eyes to painting them with color!
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    • My Goodwill had 2, but I only bought one. Major regret! Yes, paint them! It’s only paint. Let me know how they turn out!! :)

  7. Hi Christy – Love your projects and the posts you create to share how you tranformed something from OK to fantastic! The final result – and the color on that table are perfect! Well done and we look forward to your future projects too!

    • Thank you so very much!!!! I am so happy you stopped by! I look forward to hearing from you again! ~Christy

  8. Betty819 says:

    I used to have that same table, before I went to more Traditional with dark cherry, Queen Anne style legs.
    Now I wonder what I did with that furniture? Hmm! Must have given it to somebody or sold at one of my yard sales at former home. Did you have to remove any old furniture polish before painting and what did you use to do that? Did you put any type of sealer on after your paint dried?

    • Christy says:

      I just cleaned it really well and lightly sanded just the top. It just depends on the amount of shine as to how much I sand before. If using ASCP there is no prep work other than cleaning unless the piece is greatly damaged! Thanks bunches for stopping by Betty! ~Christy

  9. What a terrific transformation and it looks so wonderful on your patio.

    Thanks for sharing on the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT. AND thanks for linking back to us. -xo

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  10. Wow the table came out fabulous. I really appreciate the detail of this post. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!

    Paula
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  11. Very cool! Thanks so much for telling us about the color comparison chart. I had no idea that this was available. Your porch is an inspiration to me to get mine in the summer mode too. I saw your post as it was featured over at the “most pinned” at Ann and Debbie’s party.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much!!! Little hint—-print that color comparison chart and put it somewhere hand! :) Happy porch decorating. Christy

  12. So pretty! Your whole porch is lovely.
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  13. The table looks great, and I love the color! I would love to try this technique. I just found your website from the Pinterest Blitz Party — Great ideas, here!
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  14. Oh how pretty. I adore your porch, and spied that roo too! Can I come over:)
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    • Christy says:

      Thanks, girl! I love my roosters, too!!! I’d love to meet up one day….aren’t we both in SC??? Have a great weekend!

  15. very pretty table, great price! love your porch!
    catching you!
    gail
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  16. What great tips ~ these look wonderful on the porch!
    I’m visiting you today from Alderberry Hill. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday (open thru Sat) and I’d love for you to link up! I hope you get a chance to stop by, link up and leave a comment, too!
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  17. Love your porch! The exposed brick with door full of blue and white is gorgeous!!! Our screened porch is one of our favorite summer hangouts too, especially for our morning coffee.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy
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    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Cindy!!!! I’ve been furniture painting all afternoon! Heading to the porch now to prop my feet up and read a bit. Loving your party!!!

  18. I’m just now getting started with the chalk paint. Can you explain why you chose the outdoor paint over the chalk paint? What are the disadvantages besides no wax?

    • Christy says:

      Hi, Nancy! You do not wax chalk paint pieces for outdoor use. It does not allow the piece to breathe properly. I have been told by several dealers that you simply paint and let it weather naturally. For the most part, I have decided that I do not like the look for this. When you paint a piece with chalk paint it is an extremely matte finish. Every time you wipe it to clean (pollen), paint pigment comes off with it. Several folks say that you can go over it with possibly an outdoor poly. I didn’t want to take the risk with this and have to do extra steps. I’ve used outdoor paint before and it lasts for many years in a covered area like my porches. I just prefer the outdoor paint for furniture applications…one step and done since it includes primer. It is a personal preference. It easily wipes clean without damaging the paint surface. Loving the Valspar that I used in this post. I’m in the process of repainting all the outdoor pieces with this paint and color….5 to be exact. I hope this has helped. Christy :)

  19. I host a weekly link party called “Seasonal Sundays”. This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I’m having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I’d love to have you join the fun!

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  20. Hi Christy,
    I can’t believe you only paid $4.50 great job. I know how you feel about being sorry for not buying both of them. I’ve done that before and could kick myself. I really like how you painted your piece and the color you picked. It looks great on your porch.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Julie! So happy to have connected with you! Yes, when you see a thrift store deal you have to act! Our thrift store prices are getting out of hand…..really gone up! Have a lovely week. :)

  21. What a great find and I love what you did to it….good job!
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  22. So pretty Christy! I came across a site last year that gave replicates of the ASCP colors…don’t remember what it was now though! But what a great idea for those that like her colors.
    I have had good luck with my outdoor pieces but they have all been covered in poly. I’ve never left anything without a coating as suggested by them for outdoor pieces though! But this is good to know. I have a few more things to paint for my porch and screened porch so will definitely keep this in mind. Your little table is beautiful…and yes, you should see my hubby as I roll up with my thrift store purchases. ;) lol Ha, did that today as a matter of fact. Got some really great stuff for a total of about $10.50. ;)
    Nancy
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    • Christy says:

      I may have to look into adding the poly on a could of accessory pieces for outside! Thanks so much! Have a great week! Christy

  23. Love it! And I see it became part of the décor until it was painted.

    I’ve commented before on your site about how overwhelmed I feel about decorating for 1. my house has an eclectic left over college days mishmash feel (we bought 2 pieces of furniture together the rest is pre-marriage) 2. don’t know where to start in my humble 2k sq ft home with all this ‘stuff’ (I am having a garage sale to help get rid of some stuff!) 3. limited budget (sahm)

    Where in the home would you recommend I begin?
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    • Christy says:

      Hi! Before you sell your things in a yard sale…really evaluate the pieces. Can they be unified with a paint job! Maybe it would work in another room….shop your house! I’d start in the room you use the most and would make you the most happy like maybe the family room or master bedroom. Even accessories can come to life with a can of spray paint. Go to Pinterest and do a search on painting furniture. You will see all kinds of inspiration to get you going! Altar’d Designs online has some great ebooks for purchase on getting started. Feel free to ask me for help as you get started! Christy :)

  24. Christy, the table turned out so cute! What a great tip about the paint colors. I’m getting ready to do a porch makeover and your paint recommendation helps. I’m going to cross etiquette lines and ask how much a gallon? I just want to know what to expect when I go. Thanks!

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Kim!!! No problem at all on the cost! LOL!!! It is pricey, but is a primer/paint combo in 1! I am pretty sure it was $38. I bought a gallon because I have several pieces to paint. I hardly made a dent in the can with the console table and this side table that I have repainted thus far. I probably could have gotten by with just a quart. The paint went on fabulously with no odor. Kids better watch out because I may just paint them too! LOL!!

  25. The table is beautiful! $4.50? That is a gift! I also took a look at your porch – amazing!!! I would love a screen-in-porch of that size. Thanks for sharing, Patty
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    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much sweet Patty! We have really enjoyed the porch through the years! I’ve already told my husband that the next house must have a screened porch or the ability to add one. Hope to downsize soon in the future. We have a soon to be junior and freshman in high school. :)

  26. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Wow, that is so beautiful. Uh.. go back right now and get the other one!!!! Love that color and I wrote it down for when I can buy paint. For now I have to settle for white flat or a boo boo I picked up years ago at HD and it is similar, but it is a latex enamel (ugh), but I wish it was lighter like yours & acrylic. But then I am ignorant of the differences in latex & acryllic. I remember artist’s paints years ago were acryllic and you could thin them with water……

    I wish one of you smart, experienced gals (hint) would do a little class on such…. about the different names of types of paints.

    • Christy says:

      Thanks so much, Sheryll!!! I think I pinned something on Pinterest a while back that was about different paints. I’ll see if I can find it for you and send to you! Have a lovely evening! Christy

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