November 23, 2014

DIY Saturday: Spray Paint Those Old Faded Outdoor Cushions

Happy weekend everyone! I was super excited when I found this DIY because every year it seems I have to replace my outdoor cushions because they get so faded and yucky looking from all the strong sun we get here (and probably the wind and rain from all our storms too). I know people get outdoor fabric and recover them but until you have time to do that, you should try this method. It’s fast, it’s easy –  DIY Spray Painted Cushions from The Frugal Homemaker.

The Frugal Homemaker spray painted outdoor cushions

 A can or two of spray paint is much cheaper than buying new cushions each year!

I tested it last week and at the bottom of the post I’ll show you my cushions.

Revived Outdoor Cushions With Spray Paint


    • some old faded cushions
    • satin spray paint (she used Krylon, I used Rustoleum)


See the before and after at The Frugal Homemaker (be sure to read the comments for more info)

Like I said I tested this last week and so far so good. It’s amazing! I just spray painted one cushion just to see if it would work. I put the before and after cushions together so you could see the difference. Here are my results:

spray painted cushions

Isn’t that great! I’m going to spray paint the other cushion and I have a bench cushion that I’m going to try it on.

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  1. I tried it a few years ago and it didn’t work for me. Must have used the wrong paint. Yours looks great!

    • Manuela says:

      Bummer! What paint did you use? I think Krylon Fusion and the Rustoleum I used is indoor/outdoor would be good ones to try. I know there’s also fabric spray paint that’s available but I don’t know how it works with outdoor fabric.

  2. That looks great, Manuela! What a difference and how refreshed the after cushion looks.

  3. Fun! They look great!

  4. What??? Oh. this is a terrific tip! Yours look wonderful. I happen to be a big fan of that color green these days;

  5. Really? This is almost too good to be true! So glad that I haven’t tossed the cushions. I’m going to have to try this because I’ll only be out the cost of the paint if it doesn’t work. The cushions are a faded mess.

  6. Those cushions are not cheap and they don’t last very long it seems. Great idea!


  7. I surely would never have thought of that!

  8. This looks like a great idea! I just threw away some really faded cusions! darn…. I could have tried this for “practice”. I have some others I may try that are also faded. I would worry though, about it raining and then someone sitting down with white pants on! eekk! Seems when I’ve tried spray paint before, all I get is a light stained effect and it doesn’t completely cover anything. I tried it on my outdoor swing (the wood part) and all it did was look like someone took some moss green paint and brushed it on lightly. Never did cover up the wood no matter how many coats I put on! Wish I knew what to use to cover wood and metal. projects I see online look great but when I try it, it doesn’t work!

    • Manuela says:

      If you look at the spray paint cans they will say made for plastic or wood or metal or a variety of things. Krylon and Rustoleum make those kinds of spray paint. You would probably need to prime outdoor wood with a spray primer before using another color because it wouldn’t absorb the paint evenly.

  9. What a marvelous idea, I can’t wait to try your technique

  10. How awesome! I have grabbed a few discarded faded cushions from big trash lately too, and was going to recover them. What a great treatment for a free cushion that I don’t mind taking a chance with! Some of them are sunbrella so I know they were expensive initially. I’ll definitely give it a try :)

  11. I was just wondering if I could do this and here it is! Definitely going to give this a try!!

  12. I can’t wait to show this to my husband! He has spruced up all of our metal patio furniture with bright colors of spray paint. Now we can have matching cushions!

  13. I think you just saved me a bunch of money! I really didn’t want to make slipcovers for the cushions for the patio chairs but they were looking a bit sad. I’m going to give this a try and see what wonderful ‘new’ cushions will do to perk up the table and chairs we are about to refinish. Thanks for sharing this.

  14. This is a quick and easy project to keep things looking nice without spending a whole lot or tossing in the landfill too soon. (glad you were able to get some more mileage from your chairs.)
    I did a similar project last Fall…but I used a roller and latex paint on my chairs! Hey, whatever works, huh?


  15. The cushions look great, when you finished were the cushions soft?