Cindy Lin, Founder, Staged4more

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After a successful, 12+ years run as a home staging company in San Francisco Bay Area, STAGED4MORE is now an online school that focuses on home staging education for home stagers, home sellers and real estate agents.

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 Simple DIY to Add Life Back to Your Old and Tired Patio Furniture

Simple DIY to Add Life Back to Your Old and Tired Patio Furniture

One of the best practical tips I learned in the visual department of Anthropologie and from working on photo shoots is that spray paint is a crafter’s best friend. It can transform any ordinary objects into spectacular projects. All you need is a little creativity.

Here is a great example of an IKEA hack, image courtesy of BuzzFeed (also check out the post for a slew of great spray painted home goods like hardware, shoes, furniture, lights!).

Spray paint has TONS of applications. I have sprayed painted metal, plastic, glass, paper, faux plants, and even fabrics. Depending on the look you want to accomplish, you can have all types of surfaces and finishes that you want. The key is finding the right paint for the right application.

For example, there are spray paint specialized for floral applications. They are “delicate enough for use on fresh or silk flowers, Styrofoam® brand foam, tulle, ribbons, lightweight fabrics, paper and foam board. Plus, sturdy enough for wood, wicker, terra cotta, plaster and most paintable surfaces.(source)” The regular spray paint would eat through styrofoam immediately, so you would use floral spray paint instead.

You also want to follow the directions as closely as possible. Often times the finishes may be wrinkled or cracked. This is often caused by applying a second coat too quickly.

Here is an example of a recent DIY project where we refreshed a set of patio furniture.

Because of sun exposure, the original paint finishes were faded, as you can see from the top 2 photos. We used the Rust-oleum Ultra Cover Paint + Primer paint in Satin finish that is applicable on plastic, metal and wood. And here is the result of them working in one of our staged homes last year.

Here is a round-up of a few other posts you may like:

WHAT DID YOU THINK OF MY DIY PROJECT? DO YOU HAVE ANY TO SHARE? I’D LOVE TO SEE SOME PHOTOS! LINK TO YOURS IN THE COMMENTS.

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