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Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 | 1 comment

Trash to Treasure: Painted Canvas Patio Chairs

Trash to Treasure: Painted Canvas Patio Chairs

I couldn’t believe my luck when I found two wood patio chairs with canvas seats and backs on the curb during the Alexandria Spring Clean Up day. They were definitely worn and dirty, but in great shape otherwise, so I dragged them home.



After dusting off the cobwebs and scooting away a couple of spider families, I immediately gave the chairs a good scrubbing with a cleaning solution and lemon juice and let them dry in the sun. (Lemon juice is a natural cleaning and deodorizing solution.)


Once they were dry, I mixed up acrylic paint with a fabric medium following the ratio on the fabric medium bottle: 1 part fabric medium to 2 parts paint.



And painted two coats on the canvas sections of the chairs, making sure not to paint the wood.



Once the paint dried, I lightly sanded the wood and worked in some beeswax conditioner.



And finally, I gave the canvas sections a good coating of Thompson’s water seal to protect the fabric from fading and water damage. I will also keep them covered on rainy days.


I’m thrilled with how they turned out. Total cost for supplies: $25. Not bad for a “new” set of patio chairs.

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