Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Patio Set Redo

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patio sling chair, easy diy recover project
Do you have an old patio set that includes sling chairs?  I picked up this set free from someone that was ready to trash it.


Here's a before photo.  Not too bad.  The green paint has faded and the fabric is somewhat brittle and beginning to rip.



There were also areas of rust that I sanded.


I removed all of the screws which detached the seat and back from the chair frame.  Once the seat and back are off the frame, you can pop off the plastic caps from one end and slide the old fabric out of the track.  The four pieces behind the chair in the photo are the tracks.  I chose a flat gray primer to cover the rusted areas and because it matched the color scheme of the new fabric. (Do you recognize my "spray paint mat" from this post? I decided to keep it for this reason.)  The fabric is Sunbrella and you can find Sunbrella and others on Amazon under outdoor fabrics or you can find woven fabric for the chairs HERE for $8 a yard.

I didn't photograph the sewing step but there are several YouTube tutorials as well as Pinterest pages that show how to make the new seat and back inserts.  I'm not a seamstress by any means so my instructions would probably be wrong on so many levels to those that know what they are doing. :)

I will say that I double stitched all of the seams and created a channel for the nylon rod that helps thread the fabric through the track as well as securing it in the track when tension is put on the finished seat/back.



Putting the finished pieces back into the frame was very easy.  My husband helped me reattach the tracks to the frame.  Just be sure to slowly increase the tension evenly among the 4 screws.


And that's it!  You've got a new look for very little money.  Since the set was free, I spent less that $25 on 3 cans of spray paint and 1.5 yards of fabric.  This set found a home at my daughter's new place.  I dropped it off this morning without her knowing it.  After I left, I texted her that she needed to check her front porch because it could really use a plant or something.  (It's a tiny porch, I know.  I think I've seen wider sidewalks!)

Don't forget you can add a pin to Pinterest from any of the photos and keep this info for your next patio chair project!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!
Angie

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11 comments:

  1. New LIFE! Beautiful job, makes you want to come on up and sit down.

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  2. Wow, never even considered replacing the old, ruined fabric on outdoor patio chairs! Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks Nicole! It was easier than I expected and my daughter loved her "new" set.

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  3. Curiouos as to how you spray painted the table. I can;t seem to get the glass out of mine.

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    1. Hi Julie, I didn't remove my table top. I used newspaper and painters tape to cover the glass while I spray painted. I hope that helps! Thanks for asking!

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  4. How nice of you to do that for your daughter, It brightens her front yard up.

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  5. It doesn't appear as though you used the typical vinyl mesh sling chair fabric on your redo. Was it an outdoor canvas or duck? How has it held up to use over the year? Was there stretching etc.? Wasn't it difficult to slide back into the channel?
    Thanks. Lovely job! So bright and lovely.

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    1. Hi Kathy, I used Sunbrella fabric that I purchased from Hobby Lobby. the chairs have been sitting outside since last summer and are still as taut as when I made them. However, they do not get daily use, just occasional use. They look good except for one that had a gutter drip some black "stuff" on it. It was very easy to slide back into the grooves since they were removed from the chair frame. Once I screwed them back on, I tightened them as needed using the screws in to frame. Hope that helps!

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  6. Has anyone tried to paint the mesh fabric on these chairs?

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    1. i've never tried, but have heard that chalk paint works well on fabric.

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