Before & After: 4 Garden Furniture Makeovers

The Gardenist

With a long weekend ahead and a summer full of travel and fun in the past, I think it is high time I finally wrap up a few of those projects that I meant to finish earlier in the season. There is still time, and I am taking inspiration from these four outdoor furniture makeover projects…

First up, old and tired becomes new again with a little TLC and some new accessories. Emma at The Marion House Book shares a great example of how a little elbow grease and the addition of a few inexpensive details can go a long way toward making your garden a more pleasant place to work, eat or day dream in. Visit Emma's blog to find out how she created this pretty white look.

Next, taking a tired and broken (but free) dresser and converting it into a stylish garden hold-all is a clever idea, especially if you have a nice place to put it. Perhaps a covered porch, a shed or a sheltered patio could get a little design treatment like this? The Feminist housewife made this relatively easy conversion with a coat of paint, some knobs and handles, and a few accessories.

I love the ingenuity behind the third makeover, found via Better After. The idea of adding finials to objects with good shape and giving them a spray paint makeover is definitely a good one. If I were to give it a try, I might try using an object with lots of drama (fatter, bigger, more strange…something) in an antique bronze spray (I have used that in the past to great success!). For more details about this project visit Nine is Fine.

And finally — a super simple and easy little makeover from Metal and Mud! These white tables with the tempered glass are pretty ubiquitous and inexpensive, but I love how with a coat of paint, and the addition of a cut to size piece of oilcloth (over the glass) the whole thing is much more interesting and unique. Make a visit to Metal and Mud for more details and images.

Images: Better After, the Marion House, Nine is Fine, Metal and Mud