Outdoor Updates for Spring

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Outdoor updates for spring | 11 Magnolia Lane


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Now that we’ve survived the pollen onslaught and the days are mostly warm, we’ve been working on getting the outside of the house and the yard ready for spring.

I want to share a couple of previous projects we’ve done that I think you’ll enjoy, and then I’m also going to tell you about a new product that I tried yesterday that shined up our mailbox and outdoor lanterns beautifully.

First, a few years ago, I decided to use plain old spray paint on my faded black outdoor cushions (see that “before” picture, above?!).

You can read the details {here}, but seriously, all I did was use my favorite Rust-Oleum 2X spray paint to give them new life.

This was two years ago, and they still look great on my front porch!

can you spray paint fabric cushions

When that experiment worked out so well, I decided to try the same idea on a much larger scale–the faded cushions on my outdoor conversation set.

As you all know, replacement cushions are SO expensive, that it’s almost cheaper to buy a brand new set!

Outdoor cushions before painting

In hindsight, the only thing I would do differently is to choose a color other than white.  Even though they were lovely and durable, white is a tough color (think pollen!) to keep clean.

You can read all the how-to’s in {this} post, and here’s how they turned out:

Spray painted outdoor fabric cushions

One of Amy’s projects that I dearly love is how she used a can of spray paint to give an old baker’s rack new life as an outdoor entertaining rack.

Baker’s racks are like big, clunky TV armoires–they’re a dime a dozen at thrift shops and yard sales.

Here was Amy’s:

Back Camera

I love the bright green paint she chose.  Isn’t the “after” fun?

Baker's rack spray painted with a bright color and used as a bar during a party!

Now, it’s perfect for serving drinks on the porch.  Details (including paint color), are {here}.

My last tip is one of my favorites; it’s how I use inexpensive IKEA sheer panels to create a DIY screened porch.

Our Savannah house desperately needed a screened porch (the bugs are as big as birds down there!), but we just had a covered patio.

Covered porch--before

In less than an hour and for under $20, I created this romantic space:

DIY Screened porch using inexpensive sheer curtain panels | 11 Magnolia Lane

You can read the original posts {here} and {here}, and see how the panels held up over time {here}.

OK, now I’m going to mention a product I got to try over the weekend.  It’s by Rust-Oleum–you guys know we work with them a lot–and this isn’t a sponsored post, just FYI. I just really liked how it worked.

It’s called Color Restore and the box looks like this:


It’s designed for plastic, metal, vinyl, fiberglass, stone, composites and more, and you basically just clean your surface and wipe a coat on.

I used it on my mailbox:

color restore collage mailbox
And then I used it on our outdoor lights:


Pretty neat, huh?  It’s a clear liquid and you wear gloves (included in the kit) to rub it on.  I used about half of one kit to do our mailbox, two outdoor lanterns, and our lamppost, and I intend to do more today.

You can buy it {here} if you’re interested (affiliate link for your convenience); I’ll update you all in a few months as to how it’s held up, but I think it’s a pretty neat product!

I’m also planting flowers and herbs this week, and I’ve bought the ferns for my front porch.

I found a few new pillow covers for our front porch chairs, too.  I’m trying to add navy this year, and the price was right on these for just $13.95. They have other colors, too {here}.


I’d love to hear what you all are doing to freshen up for spring!

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  1. I will have to look into that product. We finally pressure washed the porches this past weekend. So glad to have all the pollen gone.

  2. I so remember all of your beautiful outdoor/porch projects!

  3. Are yall serious with the spray painting cushions,you must have been reading my mind haha??? OMG, I’m so glad I just clicked on this post!!!!! My husband & I just said we needed new cushions, but the ones we want are $300…I’m offf to grab SPRAY PAINT!!!!!!! Most helpful post ever! HAPPY Wednesday, Ladies!!!!
    The Quaint Sanctuary

    • Dead serious! 🙂 I used this set (once I painted them) for two more years, and then I found some well-priced replacements. Good luck with your newest project! XO, Christy

  4. LOVE the idea of spray painting the pillows! The ones you’ve done look great. I love your porch decor as well as the conversation area. Lots of great tips ~ thank you!


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