One of my favorite past-times is to make over something, especially with paint. I’m a sucker for any activity involving a paint brush. This mission to redecorate involved my balcony, a lovely space I consider as another room in my home.
The issue: the colors of my patio furniture no longer coordinated with the colors in my living room. I like to coordinate the colors in each of my rooms to create a sense of flow. They aren’t all decorated in the same colors, but they do each share a common color. I chose to extend this decor flow out to my balcony.
Several years ago, I scored a couple of outdoor sling chairs from Walmart for my balcony. They’re made of mesh and are fairly comfy, and were a decent golden yellow, not too bright like a lot of patio furniture. At the time, these warm colors matched well with the purples I had in my living room.
Then last year, I tried working with the yellow and incorporated it into my indoor color scheme of turquoise and red. I sewed pillow shams and painted a lotus design to tie the colors together. I dug the gold/turquoise/red color scheme, but I just didn’t love it. So, I decided to coordinate ALL the colors on my balcony to those in my living room, which now includes mint green and makeover those yellow chairs:
The new color is also great because I can mix and match decor between the living room and balcony. There’s no tutorial since it was a pretty easy process.
*I selected latex indoor paint to paint only the mesh— Pale Jade by Glidden. I bought a quart in eggshell and ended up using about 2/3 of the can.
*I painted one coat on the front side of the mesh. After letting this dry overnight, I painted a second coat on the backside. After this dried overnight, I painted another coat on the front, to ensure thorough coverage. The latex paint worked much better for covering the mesh than the spray-paint… but because it covered it so well, the weave of the mesh is no longer open. (I’ll report back later on whether this matters in terms of ventilation and comfort.)
Here’s a closer shot of a chair along with a pillow sham I sewed to make over my pillows. I fell in love with the teal batik fabric at first sight. The pattern is perfect and summery.
Have you made over your patio, balcony, deck or other outdoor space on the cheap? How did you do it? What’s your favorite method of revamping decor?