12 Actionable Tips to Upgrade your Outdoor Storage Furniture This Summer (A Foolproof Makeover Plan)

Foreword

Every home requires a great outdoor living space.

This outdoor living space should have a great outdoor storage furniture.

Point to remember: The outdoor storage furniture should not only provide comfort, purpose, and functionality to the outdoor spaces but also give you a perfect opportunity to introduce a personal style into the alfresco areas of your home.

It should provide a perfect balance between relaxation and entertainment.

Your outdoor storage furniture should be seen as your personal haven on earth where you can spend hours sitting on a cosy chair and enjoying the sunshine-filled corner.

Unfortunately, many people overlook the importance of a perfect furniture setting in your outdoor areas.

This results in their outdoor areas not being used to the fullest resulting in an outdoor storage furniture which gets rotten as the days go by.

Once you have finished reading this write-up, you will have enough information to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture this summer.

In the forthcoming sections, we will be looking at the different actionable tips that you can use to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture this summer and give a new life to the old.

Before we look at these actionable tips it is important to divert our attention to selecting the right outdoor storage furniture for your space.

Make a list of all the elements that you would like in your outdoor space and then use it as a guide to find out the ideal furniture for your setting

The very first step is to list down the things that you will need in your outdoor space.

It can be a barbecue area or an oversized dining table that is reminiscent of the marvelous celebration that you can have in your outdoors.

Alternatively, you can have a reading nook in a sunny spot in your outdoor room.

In addition to this, It is equally important for you to measure your space so that you get adequate pieces of furniture which are ideal for your outdoor space.

Get outdoor storage furniture that requires no care or very less care

You need to get an outdoor storage furniture that does not require weekly cleaning schedule as the indoor living spaces.

Always opt for things that are easy care pieces which have zero maintenance whatever things are thrown at them.

Select materials like rattan teak, cedar, weather cane, and most metals.

In regards to upholstery, select specific fabrics that don’t absorb the damp and become mould spotted.

Also select colours and patterns that do not fade when they come in direct sunlight and ideally machine washable.

Now, that you are aware of the basics of selecting the right outdoor storage furniture, as promised it is time to look at the actionable tips to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture this summer.

Let’s now move straight to the business end of this write-up by looking at the list given below.

Tip # 1 – Create a Colourful Masterpiece by Painting your Old Plain Chair with Strips

Wooden Garden Bench

Do you have an old plain chair in your outdoor area that is lying over there without much action? If yes; this summer is the perfect time for you to decorate it and ensure that it becomes a colourful masterpiece that you can show-off in your outdoors.

For this project, you will need a selection of test pots from Resene.

The positive part?

It is moderately easy to create a striped chair.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Clean cloth
  2. Low tack masking tape
  3. Paintbrushes
  4. Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Sazerac
  5. Resene Quick Dry Resene test pots of Resene ASAP
  6. Resene Buttercup
  7. Resene Celebrate
  8. Resene Freelance
  9. Resene Fresh
  10. Resene Good Life
  11. Resene Into the Blue
  12. Resene Optimist
  13. Resene Point Break
  14. Resene Ringo
  15. Resene Ruby Tuesday
  16. Sandpaper
  17. Wooden Chair

Note: You can even apply Resene Qristal ClearFloor to the wooden floorboards.

Steps to create a Striped Chair and give it a fresh appeal

Step 1 – Unfasten the upholstered seat from the chair.

If you find any bare wood areas sand them.

Lightly sand the old paintwork to ‘key’ the surface.

Step 2 – Clean off any sanding remnant(s) with a clean cloth.

Step 3 – Smear areas of bare wood with Resene Quick Dry and allow it to dry for two hours.

Step 4 – Smear two coats of Resene Sazerac to the chair (do not smear it on the back).

Allow for each coat to dry for two hours.

Step 5 – Apply a series of vertical stripes down the back of the chair.

Step 6 – Paint stripes using two coats of Resene Celebrate, Resene Freelance, Resene ASAP, Resene Good Life and Resene Ruby Tuesday.

Give two hours for the first coat to dry and then remove the tape before the second coat has dried.

Allow it to dry.

Step 7 – Apply another set of vertical stripes down the back of the chair.

Step 8 – Repeat step 6 by using Resene Fresh, Resene Buttercup, Resene Into the Blue, Resene Optimist, Resene Break Point and Resene Ringo.

Finally refit the upholstered seat.

Wolla! Striped chair is ready for your outdoors!

Tip # 2 – Transform your Old Wooden Garden Bench with the help of Resene

Do you want to beautify your old wooden garden bench to make your outdoor storage furniture look good?

If yes; we have a solution for you.

This sunny afternoon you can enjoy sitting on a wonderfully colourfully decorated wooden garden bench that is totally transformed from its old avatar.

In this section, we will discuss about how to transform your old wooden garden bench and make it look stunning and visually appealing with the help of Resene.

For this project, you will need to paint the background wall with Resene AquaShield to Resene Pipi.

It is moderately easy to transform your old wooden garden bench and give an attractive feel to it.

Things that You will Need:

  1. 50mm galvanised nails
  2. 1.8m fence palings (x2)
  3. Bucket
  4. Garden hose with clean running water
  5. Garden sprayer
  6. Hammer
  7. Paintbrush
  8. Resene Lumbersider tinted to Resene Amulet
  9. Resene Moss & Mould Killer
  10. Resene Paint Prep and Housewash
  11. Resene Quick Dry
  12. Rubber gloves
  13. Stiff-bristled brush
  14. Wooden bench

Steps to Transform your Old Wooden Garden Bench and Give It a Modern Look

Step 1 –  Assimilate one part of Resene Moss & Mould Killer with five parts of clean water.

Step 2 – Wear rubber gloves and bathe the bench with the solution and leave for two full days.

Step 3 – Assimilate one part of Resene paint prep and house wash with three parts of clean water.

Step 4 – Wipe the bench fiercely with the solution employing a stiff bristled brush.

Rinse thoroughly with clean water.

Allow the bench to dry.

Step 5 – Smear one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the bench and fence palings.

Allow two hours to dry.

Step 6 – Smear two coats of Resene Amulet to a single side of each fence paling and allow two hours for each coat to dry.

Step 7 – Place the painted sides facing the back.

Fix the two fence palings to the back of the bench with 50mm nails.

Step 8 – Paint the entire bench with two coats of Resene Amulet.

Allow two hours for each coat to dry.

The end result: Your old wooden garden bench will have a fresh look and feel.

Tip # 3 – Create a Stylish Garden Work Bench using Resene

Stylish Garden

Are you keen to have an outdoor garden workbench which can add more glamour to your outdoor storage furniture? If yes, we will help you with the solution.

In this section, we will discuss different steps that will help you to create a stylish garden workbench that can add more value to your outdoor storage furniture.

For this project, you will need to paint your background house wall with Resene AquaShield tinted to Resene Pipi.

If you need a lighter green effect, paint the workbench with Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Pipi.

It is moderately easy to create a stylish garden workbench and give it an attractive feel.

Things that You will Need:

  1. 50mm galvanised nails
  2. 100mm galvanised nails
  3. 75mm x 50mm treated timber (approx 4m)
  4. 50mm x 25mm treated timber (approx 2.1m)
  5. 2.4m fence paling
  6. Hammer landscaping timber (approx 2.3m)
  7. Paintbrush
  8. Paint stirrer
  9. Pencil
  10. Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Rangitoto
  11. Sandpaper
  12. Saw
  13. Set square.

Steps to Create A Stylish Garden Work Bench and Give it An Attractive Feel

Step 1 – Start from the landscaping timber.

Measure, mark and cut two lengths at 500mm and two lengths at 630mm.

Level rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 2 – On a flat surface, assemble to form a rectangular frame.

Fixing at each of its corner with 100mm nails.

Employ a set square to make sure that the corners are at 90 degrees angle.

Step 3 – Measure, mark and cut three lengths of fence paling at 720mm.

Level rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 4 – Fix these at the top of the frame which will form the workbench top.

Fix it with 50mm nails.

Step 5 – Measure, mark and cut four lengths of the 75mm X 50mm timber at 950mm.

Level rough edges with sandpaper.

Step 6 – Fix these to form the workbench legs.

Link securely with 100mm nails.

Step 7 – From the 50mm X 25mm timber, measure, mark and cut two lengths at 630mm and two lengths at 410mm.

Level rough edges with sandpaper and fasten to the workbench legs fixing with 50mm nails.

Step 8 – Carefully blend the Resene Woodsman tinted to Resene Rangitoto with the help of a paint stirrer.

Smear two coats to the workbench.

Allow each coat to dry for two hours.

Finally, your stylish garden workbench is ready!

Tip # 4 – Spray Paint your Metal Patio Furniture to Add More Value to It

Spray Paint Metal Furniture

Do you want your metal outdoor furniture to last long and provide more value to your yard? If yes; we can help you derive a solution for this situation.

Since it is sunny outside it is the perfect time of the year to start working on a new project to do a complete outdoor furniture makeover in a short span of time.

In this section, we will discuss different steps that will help you to create a stylish garden workbench that can add more value to your outdoor storage furniture.

Point of reference: For this project, you will need to use Rustoleum Spray Paint on your metal patio furniture.

It is moderately easy to spray paint your outdoor furniture and add more value to it.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Wire brush
  2. TSP (Trisodium Phosphate)
  3. Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer Spray Paint (Also available in the form of quarts for brush on applications)
  4. Rustoleum Protective Enamel Spray Paint (In this project we used Turquoise)
  5. Spray paint handle
  6. Drop cloth
  7. Scrub brush

Steps to Spray Paint your Metal Outdoor Furniture To Add More Value to It

Step 1 – Get your outdoor furniture ready for the painting by washing it first with help of TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) and a scrub brush to get rid of any dirt that has buildup or grease that has accumulated from the metal.

Let it dry.

Step 2 – Once it gets dry, get rid of as much rust as possible.

Employ the wire brush and smoothly run it across the different areas of your metal outdoor furniture frame that has rust.

The ultimate objective of conducting this exercise is to ensure that all the rust that has been accumulated on the outdoor furniture is removed especially anything loose or caked on rust.

Pay special attention to corners and tight spots.

Step 3 – Start the priming process.

Keep your outdoor storage furniture on a drop cloth and then spray Rustoleum primer.

Smear light coats and let it dry completely between each coat before moving to the next area to spray paint.

Step 4 – Follow the same step as mentioned in step 3 with the Rustoleum enamel spray paint.

Always apply light coats to ensure that there are no paint drips.

Step 5 – Spray paint your patio furniture from different angles so that you get even cover all over.

Let the paint dry thoroughly.

Enjoy your newly spray painted metal outdoor storage furniture.

Tip # 5 – Give A Fresh Appeal to your Outdoor Chair Cushions with the help of Chalk Paint

Outdoor Chair Cushions

Do you want to give a fresh appeal to your outdoor chair cushions? If yes, we might have an answer to your problem.

We understand that when the sun is out you want to enjoy sitting on your outdoor chair and enjoy the bright sunlight.

To make your time even more enjoyable, in this section, we will discuss different steps that will help you to update your outdoor chair and give a fresh look to it with the help of chalk paint.

Continue getting useful insights from this fresh piece of content: For this project, we have used Dixie Belle Chalk Paint on our outdoor chair.

It is moderately easy to use chalk paint to your chair cushions and give a fresh appeal to your outdoor storage furniture.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Tea Rose
  2. Paint Brush

Steps to Chalk Paint your Outdoor Chair Cushion To Give a Fresh Appeal

Step 1 – Get rid of the chair cushion from the frame.

Clean it up properly.

Step 2 – Add water to your chalk paint to ensure that it is not too thick nor too runny.

Employ a paint brush and evenly brush it on a thin first coat.

Step 3 – Let the first coat dry.

If required, sand down any rough edges.

Finish painting the second coat.

Step 4 – Your outdoor chair cushion will get painted.

The finished cushion will seem a bit stiff than before but ensure that it does not crack when you sit on it.

This is one of the most cost-effective ways to change the colour of your outdoor fabrics.

Tip # 6 – Add Colourful Accessories like Pillows and Throws to Add Fresh Lease of Life to your Outdoor Furniture

Pillows and Throws

Don’t you want to see colourful surroundings in your outdoor? If yes; we will provide you with the most appropriate solution for it.

Sometimes simply adding a few colourful accessories like pillows and throws can give a new lease of life to your outdoor storage furniture.

The positive part? It is a very simple and quick way to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture and the great news is that it never fails to impress.

If you do not like any colour you can, of course, select another one that fits your need and restart the process again.

So simple isn’t it?

Tip # 7 – Whitewash your Old Furniture Storage and Give A Fresh Perspective to Your Outdoor Setting

Don’t you want your old furniture storage to look great in your outdoor setting? If yes, we can help you out.

You may want to read this: With the help of right whitewash finish, it is possible for your outdoor furniture to not only glow but also create an everlasting impact on your guests.

For this project, you will need a brush to whitewash your outdoor furniture.

It is moderately easy to whitewash your outdoor furniture and give a fresh feel to it.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Sandpaper (Power sander)
  2. Broom and/or vacuum
  3. Cloth
  4. White paint
  5. Paint thinner
  6. Paintbrush
  7. Polyurethane sealer

Steps to Whitewash Your Old Furniture Storage and Give it a Fresh Finish

Step 1 – Start with the raw wood.

Remove as much of the existing finish – paint, stain or varnish by thoroughly sanding the surface that you intend to whitewash.

You can use your hands while using the sanding process but an even quicker way to select for a power sand.

Clear all sawdust and debris created while sanding.

Sweep or vacuum the area, if required and employ a damp cloth to wipe the surface clean.

Step 2 – Dilute regular water-based white paint with water and dilute oil-based white paint with turpentine.

Decide on the proportion of the paint to thinner on the basis of the final output you want to achieve.

If you need a thicker coverage, employ an assimilation of two parts of paint to one part of thinner.

For thinner coverage, reverse the ratio.

Before you commence the whitewash process for the entire surface, first apply the mixture in an unnoticeable spot.

Ensure that you get the feel before committing on the task in hand.

Step 3 – Smear the whitewash using a paintbrush by employing long strokes in the direction of the wood grain.

Since the finish dries quickly, it is important to complete a small section at a given point of time.

If you want to display the wood grain more, use a cloth to wipe away any excess whitewash before it dries out completely.

This way the final output would be attractive with a washed-out look.

Step 4 – Give time for the coat to dry out completely.

If there is any requirement of a second or third coat decide it.

You can even use a fine-grit sandpaper as long as the whitewash is dry to play down any coverage that seems to be thicker than required.

Step 5 – Finish the project by coating it with a clear polyurethane sealer, smeared with the help of a brush with lots of precision over the surface.

Once this is done, your whitewashed outdoor storage furniture will look fresh for years to come.

Tip # 8 – Create Scented Floating Candle Jars in the Outdoor to Keep the Bugs from Ruining your Perfect Ambience

Floating Candle Jars

How many times have you ever been disturbed by bugs while spending a quiet evening in your outdoor environment? Do you want a solution for this problem? If yes, then we will be able to help you get a solution.

Summer nights are ideal to spend quality time with your hubby by sitting quietly in your backyard and enjoying the perfect ambience.

But, the bugs can really become party poopers and have a dramatic effect on your enjoyment.

This is where this section will help you in keeping the bugs away by creating scented floating candle jars in the outdoor.

For this project, you will need a few floating candles to create scented floating candle jars for your backyard.

It is moderately easy to create scented floating candle jars for your backyard and give a fresh appeal to it.

Things that You will Need:

  1. A few jars
  2. Lemon and orange peels
  3. Fresh herbs
  4. Citronella essential oil
  5. A few floating candles

Steps to Whitewash Your Old Furniture Storage and Give it a Fresh Finish

Step 1 – Fill the jars with a beautiful scent that will pass from the jars.

Bugs are allergic to the smell of orange, lemon, lavender, cinnamon, and rosemary.

Use all of them in the form of citrus rinds or alternatively you can even use the ends of these herbs and seasonings to good use.

Cut these items into two-inch sections in such a way that they do not get at the top and overturn the floating candle.

Step 2 – After placing the items in the jars, add 20 to 30 drops of the citronella essential oil.

Add hot water of around 100 degrees Fahrenheit which will warm the tidbits and develop the scent.

You can even add a drop of food colouring to jars. Alternatively, sparkle them with the aid of superfine ginger.

Allow the water to cool down before taking it outdoors.

Step 3 – Float a rosemary, citronella or vanilla-scented candle at the top of the jar and light.

The great thing about the candles is that they create a perfect ambience for candle-light dinner.

They look great at night and are safe for smaller areas.

But, in order to keep the bugs from ruining your perfect candle-light dinner, it is important to have a collection of the jars around the patio.

The result?

Once this is done, relax and have a great bug free outdoor experience.

Tip # 9 – Give a Complete Makeover to your Old Glass Patio Table and Add A Fresh Appeal to your Outdoor Storage Furniture

Glass Patio Table

Do you own an old glass patio table that you are thinking of selling or throwing it off? Before you take the final decision look at this section which would give you a fresh perspective in giving a complete makeover to your glass patio and add a fresh appeal to your outdoor storage furniture.

If you want to have a gala time sitting in your backyard on your glass patio table and are contemplating whether to keep it or not we have the answer.

Think about the different things that you can change in your old glass patio table.

In addition to this, it can be adding paint to the bottom.

For this project, you will need a paint colour of your choice to give a fresh lease of life to your old glass patio table.

It is moderately easy to do glass patio table makeover.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Mini paint roller
  2. Paint colour of your choice
  3. A tape
  4. Umbrella ring
  5. Umbrella

Steps to Give a Complete Makeover to your Old Glass Patio Table and Enhance its Beauty

Step 1: Take off the legs of the table by sliding each one of them from the corners.

Step 2: Turn the table upside down and clean it well.

Step 3: Take a mini paint roller and your choice of paint colour.

Step 4: Paint the glass in even coats.

Never start off with the next section until you finish the entire coat otherwise you will get steaks.

Step 5: Have 3-4 coats of paint and let it dry in direct sunlight between the coats.

Step 6: Again turn the legs upside down.

Select your favourite spray paint colour and paint the selected area slowly with even strokes at legs and base of the table.

You will need at least 2-3 coats.

Step 7: Once it gets dry enough, paint the top of the base.

Step 8: Now, turn the table over and tape the edges of the glass and across the centre of umbrella ring.

Step 9: Employ the same colour spray paint and paint the edges of the table and the ring.

This will require 2-3 coats.

Step 10: The final step is to integrate a pretty umbrella for a perfect glass table makeover!

Tip # 10 – Recycling your Old Window Frames to Build a Small Greenhouse

Have you ever wondered what are you going to do with the old window frames from the house when you replace them with the perfect ones you have in your mind?

Of course you can think about throwing them off or consider recycling them into a project of course by being environmentally friendly.

This is where in this section, we will concentrate on recycling your old window frames and building a cute and cost-effective small greenhouse through it.

It is possible for you to build a greenhouse of any size.

But, if you build a bigger one chances are you will have to collect a handful of windows and also get concrete.

This is where miniature greenhouses can be extremely helpful.

They are perfectly fine for a small backyard space and are portable by nature.

This can be extremely useful for you: For this project, you will need old home window frames to build a small greenhouse.

We used wooden frames to build a small greenhouse.

It is moderately easy to build a small greenhouse using the old home windows.

Build a Small Greenhouse

Things that You will Need:

  1. Screws
  2. Nails
  3. Toolbox
  4. Wood or alluminium-framed windows
  5. Hinges
  6. Angle irons

Steps to Build a Small Greenhouse using the Old Window Frames

Step 1 – Ensure that your windows are in optimal condition.

If necessary, repair them when it comes to sanding, caulking etc.

A good point to focus: Save the painting as the last step in case, they get scratched a little bit during the building process. Once you paint the wood, it will get protected from the elements as well so do not ignore this point if you are looking for a more modern look for your small greenhouse.

Step 2 – There are different ways you can design your small greenhouse.

Browse on Google to search for different designs and then select the best according to your needs.

You might need to consider these options when you get started with the building process:

  • Keep a solitary window flat on the floor.
  • Do not opt for a floor as of now so that the greenhouse when developed can be picked up and placed over plants as per your requirement.
  • Fix two windows with a piece of angle iron in an apex position for a gabled roof.
  • Raise one wall taller than the one opposite with 2X4 in such a way that you can place another window across them to make an angled roof.
  • Employ screws, nails, hinges or angle irons to connect sides together.
  • Opt out for a door and leave one side open.

Step 3 – Keep the sides of the four walls firmly against each other in the square and ensure that they are of the same length and height.

Hammer nails softly through the wooden frames at each corner.

Reinforce the fitting with the help of angle irons stationed on the inside corners, if required.

Put the fifth window flat across the top and connect one side with hinges to build a lidded roof.

In the end, building a small greenhouse using the right style depends on your personal style.

You can even experiment and employ tools that you are comfortable with by being creative when it comes to the legs, frames and gabled roof.

Tip # 11 – Create an Outdoor Bench Using an Old Chair

Outdoor Bench

Are you thinking about selling your old chair? If yes, do not be in a hurry.

In this section, we will discuss about how your old chair can be recycled to create an outdoor bench for your luxury purposes.

For this project, you will need old home window frames to build a small greenhouse.

We used cushions to create an outdoor bench using an old chair.

It is moderately easy to create an outdoor bench.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Old chairs
  2. Spray paint
  3. Paddings

Steps to Recycling Old Chair and Creating an Enticing Outdoor Bench

Step 1 – Search for the old chairs that you want to discard.

Cut the legs down if these are high chairs.

Use spray painting to make the old chair lookable.

You can then use something like matte finish or something similiar to seal.

Step 2 – Select an appropriate padding for the chair.

If you have a long chair stitch them together to create a long cushion.

Step 3 – Measure the length and width of the bench base.

You might need to get the wood if it does not match with the length and width of the bench base.

Step 4 – Place the fabric with the print side down then the long pad and the wood.

Tow tight and staple.

The final part: You will have your enticing outdoor bench ready for use!

Tip # 12 – Repurpose your Old Chairs to Create A Drink Stand to Bring Back the Good Old Ways of Partying

Drink Stand

Want to hold great barbeques and outdoor parties during Christmas and New Year? If yes, we can help you achieve this endeavour.

You might have old chairs at your disposal that either you are going to discard or sell off to someone.

Instead of doing that, you can now recycle your old chairs and create a drink stand to party hard till the wee-hours of Christmas and New Year holiday this year.

In this section, we will discuss about repurposing your old chairs to create a drink stand to bring back the good old ways of partying.

For this project, you will need an old chair and decoration things to create a drink stand.

It is moderately easy to create a drink stand.

Things that You will Need:

  1. Old English lemon oil
  2. Pre-made mini chalkboard signs
  3. Ribbons
  4. Galvanised bucket with handles (nice and deep for tall bottles)

Steps to Recycling Old Chair and Creating a Great Drink Stand

Step 1 – Use an old English lemon oil and wash the old chair to bring out the natural wood colour.

Step 2 – Get a cute pack of pre-made mini chalkboard signs as per your requirements.

You can even add a few pretty ribbons to make it look flowery.

Step 3 – Employ a galvanised bucket with handles that can handle tall bottles and ensure that it has the rope handles.

Step 4 – Your vintage drink stand is ready for use.

This might be of great interest to you: Invite your friends and relatives on Christmas and New Year’s Day and bring back the good old ways of partying in the backyard!

Winding Up

It is finally the time to apply these tips to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture this summer.

If you need any assistance while trying to upgrade your outdoor storage furniture or require any help in getting materials or design for your outdoor storage furniture contact us today and we will be happy to assist you further with your needs!

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