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Using Chalk Paint on Metal Patio Furniture

In the midst of the One Room Challenge there were a lot of unexpected things that happened. I was on my way to celebrate Mother’s Day with my family when I received a call from The Pickers Market that my 9-drawer dresser had just sold. It was one of the biggest pieces of furniture in my booth and anchored one full side of my space. Leaving a big gaping hole in your booth is obviously bad for business and I needed something to fill the space quickly.

Thankfully, I remembered this patio set. We tried to find a spot for it last summer in several different places of our home but in the end we just couldn’t make it work so it’s been hanging around waiting for a makeover.


Curating a look for a vendor space is really no different than curating a look at home. Everything needs to be consistent. Given most of the pieces in my booth are neutrals based with coastal inspiration it seemed natural to paint the patio set in those same tones. I started by painting the chairs with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a custom mix of Country Grey, French Linen and Old White. But after the first coat, I decided to use just the Country Grey.



I used two coats in relatively thin layers on each chair. Being perfectly honest, it would be so much easier if you used a paint sprayer for a project like this.


After the chairs were painted and dry, I decided to paint the base of the table in Old White also using two relatively thin coats. Here’s a look at the table base before…


According to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint website there’s no need to add a top coat to exterior metal pieces like this patio set. Is that wild or what?


It took me all day to hand paint this patio set which is why I think using the paint sprayer would save time and also give better overall coverage.


Oh my word, you guys, I was so tired by the time I finished painting all those chairs and the curves on the table. I think it was just a mix of too many different projects needing to be completed at once when I had this “how am I going to get it all done” moment of panic as the sun was starting to set.


It was one of those moments where you either have to let it go and breathe it out or let it dictate the rest of your day…you guys know what I’m talking about…that brief moment that happens right before your crazy comes out and you can’t put it back in ha ha!


I know this is a busy time of year for all of us…there’s always a choice….and on this day I chose good wine, good food, good friends and a beautiful sunset. And let me tell ya, it was way better than the crazy!


I delivered this patio set and a few other things to my booth space so I’ll share an update of how everything looks with you tomorrow.

Many blessings,


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  1. CoCo – the table set looks fabulous! Love the new color….and we had no idea that you could use chalk paint on outdoor furniture! Our heads are spinning with ideas! Thanks for the tip. We are certain that this won’t last long in your booth! Get ready to fill another “gaping hole”!

    1. I decided to try painting this outdoor patio set after I painted a few metal accessories and they turned out so good. It was so much work painting this set by hand so if you have the chance to use chalk paint on metal like this you may want to consider using a spray gun or possibly the chalk paint in a spray can to save you some time. The possibilities are endless!

  2. This is really pretty, Coco! We need to do our patio furniture right now. Too busy with the pond though. 🙂

    1. That is so exciting, Stacy! I can’t wait to see how your pond comes together. No doubt it will be amazing. I don’t know that I would ever hand paint a metal set like this again but I love the way the neutral layers all came together. Thank you for your sweet words, CoCo

  3. You did a fantastic job Coco! I love the new look 🙂 I can only imagine how long it took though to make sure there was no extra paint around each of those little bars… it is quite amazing that you didn’t go crazy 😉

    1. Ha ha speak to me, Lisa! I haven’t tried the chalk paint in the spray can yet but after painting all of those chairs I will definitely be in the market for a can or three 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

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