Even furniture built to remain outdoors year round, needs to be refreshed. Originally the same color as the deck, this favorite glider had become faded and dirty. The only prep I did was spray it off with the hose and let it dry.
For a more natural weathered look, I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® Paris Grey, with a small amount of Coco mixed in to warm up the color. Two light coats, followed by touches of Duck Egg Blue added here and there and that was it. No wax or polyurethane to seal. My next task is to take on the deck.
Many people are surprised that chalk paint can be used with great success outside. Many of the projects I painted years ago have needed little or no touch up. If you’re still not convinced, see some of my posts for inspiration and details of the process, The Look of Verdigris, Garden Bench, Pink in the Garden, and The Colorways Swing. I also have a great video tutorial series for giving plastic garden planters the look of Terra Cotta, and Aged Stone.