Refreshing your patio with updated furniture can be as simple as repainting your existing patio furniture. A new coat of paint will bring new life to many weather-worn patio pieces. But if your current patio furniture is beyond hope, this is the time of year to replace it as many retailers mark down their end of season merchandise.
For many homeowners, refreshing the patio with updated furniture will consist of a combination of updating the old and adding some carefully chosen new pieces.
Must-Go Patio Furniture
Before deciding how to refresh your patio with updated furniture, assess the patio items you have and decide if any fit the “must-go” category. This would include unstable, broken, torn and most rusted items.
Now take stock of what you have left and decide which pieces can be updated to fit in with new furniture.
Updating Old Patio Furniture
Bold new seat covers will give your old patio furniture cushions a new identity. Sun-faded, stained or torn cushions otherwise in serviceable condition will take on a new life with trendy new covers. Expect to pay $30-$50 per cushion cover.
If your patio furniture is made of wood and has not been maintained, it will need to be treated with a preservative to restore its original color and protect it. Alternatively, wood can be sanded and painted for those who prefer the look of paint to a natural wood stain.
If you are painting patio furniture that has previously been painted, consider changing the color to give it an entirely new appearance.
Wrought iron furniture should be touched up with sanding and painting as needed.
Dried out wicker furniture can be refreshed with linseed oil and any sections that have become matted can be readjusted by soaking them and moving the wicker strands into the desired position. The wicker will maintain the shape in which it dries.
Adding Complementary Furniture to Update Your Patio
When replacing patio pieces, it is best to bring photos of remaining patio furniture (as updated) to compare with furniture whose purchase is under consideration. This will allow you to match or contrast the old and new patio furniture for style and color.
When refreshing your patio furniture, consider adding a few complimentary pieces to give your patio an entirely new look. An umbrella, planters, end tables, or mini bar and bar stools can refresh your patio’s look while making it more functional and enjoyable.
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