Of course size matters....
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I got the blog post put together showing you all where I put the big vintage sexy-beast-of-a-sectional!
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I got the blog post...

Ya'll know I've been raving about the #getsmart @tiltsmarthome blinds. 👏I'm obsessed!
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Ya'll know I've been raving...

Last time I was someone's type...
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Happy Monday! 😘
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I'm really getting excited about...

My friend Ari @arianna_danielson hit on something in her post today.
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LOVE your home. 💖 I create the spaces I do because they make us feel happy, cozy, comforted, relaxed and fun.  Spaces we want to hang out in!
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You don't need anyone else's permission to tell you what's right or wrong.  You just need you. Find your style, rock it and own it. 💖
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This is unapologetically me, this is us and this is our home. 🏠 Welcome to the party! 😁🤸‍♀️
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My friend Ari @arianna_danielson hit...

Our New “Mint to Be” Ikea Applaro Outdoor Sofa and Fuschia Ikea Loungers!!

We have had the Ikea Applaro outdoor sectional and loungers for a few years now and although I LOVE Ikea, the finish on these missed the mark.  Let me start with what I love about it.  We have several pieces including 2 footstools which makes this a very versatile piece of furniture.  Every summer we rework it depending on what we liked or didn’t like about our furniture arrangement the year before.  It makes it feel like new every year.  But, the finish was wearing off EVERYWHERE.  It looked rough, really rough.

Pic from last year you can see some of the weathering on the sides and back

Pic from last year of the loungers you can see weathering on the finish and the plant stand before

The loungers were equally as bad, if not worse.  The finish had all but worn off and left whitish/gray wood that was not appealing to the eye.

So I decided on a whim to try painting the sectional and loungers.  They were looking so bad we debated getting rid of it all and buying new patio furniture but I didn’t want to spend the money on a new set, (outdoor furniture is expensive!) and I really loved the layout options I had with this one. I had an idea of the colors I wanted to use so we ran to Lowe’s and picked out 2 colors from the Sherwin Williams HGTV home paint line.   We went with “Mint to be” and “Hibiscus”.  The “Hibiscus” fuschia was a definite risk but one I was willing to take, it’s fun it’s bright and it coordinates nicely with the “Mint to be” and cushions I already had from World Market that I picked up on clearance last year.

Before sanding

Step one, move everything into the yard and sand sand sand.  Hubs and I both took a hand sander and starting sanding every inch of all 10 pieces of furniture, 8 pieces for the sectional and the 2 loungers.  It took us an hour and a half to 2 hours to get it all cleaned up.   After all the sanding, which included all of the sides, seats, backs, legs and undersides we busted out our K9III dryer (dog dryer that is the bomb!) and blew off all of the dust left from the sanding to get all the pieces as clean as possible (you can use a leaf blower to do this or wipe it all down by hand).   This went quickly and did a great job!

After sanding and blowing off the dust

Next up was laying out a bunch of cardboard we had left over from the shipping of our faux beams.  We opened up all the boxes, flattened them and laid out the pieces of the sectional upside down.  We decided to start that way for a couple of reasons.  One, it gave us a little leeway for working the paint sprayer, in case the paint came out too heavy you wouldn’t see it and we could adjust it.  And the second reason, we could get a nice even finish on the top and let it completely dry sitting upright without risking messing anything up by flipping it over to do the underside later.

Then it was time to prime and use the sprayer.  We have had this for quite awhile and don’t use it as often as we should.  It’s the Wagner paint sprayer and we bought it from Home Depot for spraying a porch at our former house, some 6 years ago.  I don’t see our exact model available anymore but we love it. (We used the Sherwin Williams Exterior All Weather paint.)  We got the sprayer ready to go, primed and ready to paint.  It took us a few minutes to adjust the nozzle to the right spray amount but once we did we got the underside of the 8 pieces painted in 15-20 minutes.  One of the great things about living in a super dry climate is paint dries FAST.  By the time we made it down the line and made a second sweep for even coverage the pieces we started with were dry and we could flip them over.  Halfway through the process we RAN OUT OF PAINT.  Classic mistake and one I always seem to make.  We had bought 2 gallons thinking it would be enough, well I made a mad dash back to Lowes and had 2 more gallons mixed up while the hubs wrapped the ends of the sprayer in saran wrap to keep it from drying out and clogging up.  Good thing I bought 2 more because we ended up using 3 1/2 gallons to get the whole thing painted.  The wood took the paint incredibly well and I expect it will last for quite some time.

At this point we cleaned out the sprayer and left the sectional to dry overnight.  The next morning it was dry and looked incredible and brand spankin new!

After drying overnight we started placing it all back on the patio!!

Isn’t it so purdy?!

Post sanding and cleaning, ready for paint

Then we focused on the loungers, I had picked up 2 gallons for those as well.  Same process as the sectional, sand, clean, prime the sprayer and away we go.  We let those dry during an entire sunny day (handpainted the wheels which took longer than spraying both of the loungers!).  We ended up using all 2 gallons!

After finishing second coat of Hibiscus paint

Don’t they look so much better?!

Now that the furniture was looking so spiffy and snazzy, my old planter stand (which I had wanted to paint for a few years now) was looking extra sad.  So back to Home Depot I went and picked out a pink that was similar to the Hibiscus on the loungers and I painted that baby!  I used Rustoleum gloss berry pink and it looks lovely.  It pops against the house and ties in with the pink from the loungers and really makes it feel fun.  While I was at it I had an apple and dog that needed painting so gloss berry pink they became!  My son came out mid painting of the planter and I said “hey, what do you think?”  and he says “MOM!! Why are you painting everything pink?!”  He apparently doesn’t like pink because it’s a “girl color,” he’ll come around.

 

I have some finishing touches left to do on the patio, I need a bigger rug for the sectional area (our old one had burn holes from the fire table in it, yikes), some new pillows, some fresh plants in pots and can’t forget all of our landscaping growing in but it’s looking fun and fresh and lively and happy.

Total spent for the entire project:

Paint Sprayer – free we already own it

Sandpaper and Sanders – free already had on hand

4 gallons of Sherwin Williams Exterior Semi Gloss “Mint to Be” paint – $164

2 gallons of Sherwin Williams Exterior Semi Gloss “Hibiscus” paint – $82

4 cans of Rustoleum Gloss Berry Pink Spray Paint – $14

All accessories, pillows, rugs, etc I already owned – free

Total Spent $260

For an entirely new look and what amounts to all new furniture, not too shabby!  A little DIY, some elbow grease, a weekend and a little bit of $ is all you need for a whole new space!

XOXO
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16 Comments
  • Jessica
    March 23, 2017

    Wow, that’s amazing. I absolutely love those colors. It’s amazing what paint can do

    • ttbousu
      March 27, 2017

      Thanks Jessica! Yes it definitely is amazing what a little paint and elbow grease can accomplish. I love this set more than I did when we first bought it!

  • Ola
    March 23, 2017

    Girl, you’ve got yourself a new fan here! I’m loving this. It seems we have very similar tasters on out door styling. Can’t wait to see more from you. Great job!

    • ttbousu
      March 27, 2017

      Thank you so much! Yay, I so love it when I find like minded styles! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Allison
    May 7, 2017

    Beautiful make over! Where did you get the cushions? Specifically, the back cushions?

    • ttbousu
      May 7, 2017

      Thank you! All of the white cushions came from Ikea when we bought the sofa, the large orange and other pillows (including chaise cushions) are all from World Market!

  • stizz
    April 4, 2018

    looks great! how does it look after a summer of use?

    • ttbousu
      April 5, 2018

      Hi! It looks as good as it did freshly painted. I just set everything up on the patio again for this year and I couldn’t be happier with it! I think the key to getting a good finish with the paint is a good sanding and cleaning before applying it. This is what we did and we have had zero issues!

  • jessica wirshup
    July 12, 2018

    What an amazing makeover!

    How are the white cushions holding up? We’re considering buying them to update ours but I was worried about stains with a small toddler and dog.

    • ttbousu
      July 13, 2018

      Hi Jessica! Thank you so much! Of course they show dirt and stuff but I feel like the black would too. Our bigger problem with their cushions is that they mold. I have no idea why or how to prevent it. We bring everything in in the winter so it’s only out late spring-early fall. We live in a super dry climate (CO) too so the molding issue is even weirder. I’m debating on spray painting them or trying to make new covers. I hope that’s helpful and best of luck with your cushions!

  • Pauline
    April 22, 2019

    Hi,
    Love your work. Did you only do be coat?

    • Tina Bousu
      April 22, 2019

      Hi Pauline, thank you so very much! I used a sprayer and did one really good pass, then went back (we’re in CO and it was pretty much dry by the time I finished the last piece) to the first one and checked for any inconsistencies in the paint finish and touched up/resprayed where necessary.

  • I’m buying my neighbors Applaro set and I’m debating on using the Varda from Ikea to refresh it, or going in a new direction like you did with a better color. I haven’t decided yet but I’m glad I found you post for inspiration!

    • Tina Bousu
      April 22, 2019

      Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for stopping by and good luck with your set. Let me know how it goes!

  • Mia
    August 3, 2019

    This is so great and giving me lots of inspiration to finally deal with our ÄPPLARÖ table and chairs, which are looking awful after several seasons outside. How are your pieces standing up now that it’s been about 2 years? Is the paint holding? I don’t have a paint sprayer but am really tempted to sand like you did and then go to town with the spray paint. You didn’t put anything else on top once you sprayed, right? Thanks and great job!

    • Tina Bousu
      August 4, 2019

      Hi Mia! It’s holding up great and we continue to use the sectional, although we sold the chaise loungers as we never used them. But you can see it in my outdoor spaces post up in June. The paint has had no issues withstanding rain and snow, no peeling or chipping. We do store it in the garage over the winter though. And nope no additional treatments to it other than the paint! Have fun with it!

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