The Northwest has finally been showing some signs of Spring. Although the days are mostly cloudy, we’ve been seeing some warmer temps and breaks of sunshine. Hallelujah people!
As Friday is my day off I took some time to work on some outdoor projects that I’ve been meaning to get started:
-Planting Dahlia and Mexican Spring Lily bulbs
-Painting my planter pots for in front of my kitchen windows
-Refinishing our one year old IKEA patio set
I’ll post more on the planter pots and bulb planting later, but I needed some help on our patio set refinishing project.
We’ve I’ve always wanted really high-end patio furniture but definitely can’t afford it. Last year I compromised with C and we purchased a patio set from IKEA. It was only $149 (IKEA lowered their price to $99 this year). We figured that even if it only lasted us one season that it was really inexpensive compared with most patio sets. It fit perfectly on our patio gave us a place to work on our computers in the sunshine and eat dinners during the summer. This being said, we only really made use of it about four times last summer.
This is what the set looks like now…
I know I shouldn’t have been, but I was really surprised at the shape of this furniture over the winter. In less than a year’s time the finish is being stripped. Last summer we bought some waterproofing clear sealer to paint on but it appeared to already be waterproofed. We have no room in our garage to store our patio furniture, so there is no choice but to leave in out in the elements for the winter. We must get more life out of this furniture. What to do, what to do?
I love taking a stroll through Crate and Barrel, mainly for drooling but it also gives me inspiration. I did a double take when I saw this Valencia Patio Set. The brochure and website say that it’s powdercoated in a bronze color but I could have sworn that I took this picture because I though it was a charcoal color. What do you think? Hard to tell by a picture. I love, love, loved the finish with these Sunbrella Valencia Stripe 20″ pillows.
So that became my plan. Refinish the patio set in this color. I know the C&B Valencia is a metal patio set, but I think that an Olympic stain will work with ours.
My question is…. do we do a semi-transparent stain in Ebony, Cinder, or Black Oak…
…Or a solid stain in Coffee, New Bark, or Licorice?
Ugh, I hate how colors never look the same digitally.
Check here for slightly better visualization: Olympic Stain Color and Finish