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A few weeks ago, we were having beautiful weather here in Portland and with summer on the horizon, we started getting the backyard ready to enjoy.  Mother’s Day brought a new umbrella for our outdoor table and Tyson tackled power washing all of the hardscape.

As he was prepping to power wash, he asked if it was time to retire these chairs. They are the first pieces of patio furniture we purchased forever ago.  They have seen A LOT of sun and have held up surprisingly well for being plastic.  Last year no one sat in them.  They are just really sad.

As I was about to concede that it was time to part ways with them, Tyson said “or you could paint them”.  And that my friends, is one of the many reasons why I love that man!  I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

After cleaning them off, I grabbed some Rustoleum…

A little primer…

And a little pop of color.

I was having a hard time finding just the right red that was in my brain and then I saw this post by Natalie at Detail-Oriented Diva!  She did some amazing candlesticks the exact color I was looking for: Sunrise Red

At the store, I kept going back and forth between the Sunrise and Apple Red; at the last minute I chose Apple.

Several light coats later and we have “new” chairs to enjoy just in time for summer.

This was such a fun project since I really had nothing to lose.  The chairs were on their way out the door, so if I hated the color, I was only out a couple of bucks on spray paint.

Also, because of their age and condition, they allowed me the freedom to throw my perfectionism out the window.  It was a good project to practice spraying and not fret over drips.  They just didn’t need to be perfect and I could go for it with the spray can.

During the final coat of spraying, the wind kicked up and since I was wearing flip-flops, my toes ended up looking a bit sunburned.  All a part of the DIY experience.  Since I’m in BAD need of a pedicure, I’ll spare you the photo.  Let’s look at the chairs some more instead.

I’m keeping my eyes open for some fun cushions; I have something new in my brain that I’ll have to see if I can find.  But even without them, I love looking outside at the bright color!