Painting Outdoor Furniture

Hi everyone! It’s Ashley from At Home with Ashley! Chalk Mineral Paint is so easy to use. I love to paint it on any furniture I’m redoing and even accessories too. One question I get over and over again is- Can you paint patio furniture that will be outdoors with Chalk Mineral Paint? 

Yes, you can use Chalk Mineral Paint on outdoor furniture. A few years ago, I painted my outdoor bistro set with Dixie Belle’s Fluff Chalk Mineral Paint and it’s held up great since then! That table and chairs have sat outside painted for two summers and two winters and look as good as new! Here are some things to take into consideration if you want to use Chalk Mineral Paint on outdoor furniture.

Materials List:

How To:

Step 1:

First of all, make sure to do proper prep especially if there is flaking paint. Remove any lose paint with a wire brush so that the new paint won’t just flake off too.

With outdoor furniture, it’s a great idea to pressure wash the furniture first. Because this outdoor set had sat in the rain and sun for months, the stain partially came off with pressure washing. Plus it’s such an easy and fast way to get everything clean.

Step 2:

You’ll also want to give the furniture a really good cleaning! If there’s any grime or dirt on it, the paint won’t stick as well and the outdoor elements may make it so the paint peels off on those spots. To clean my furniture before I paint it, I use White Lightning. Use a rag dipped in the solution to clean the entire surface of the furniture you’ll be painting. Wipe the piece clean with a damp rag to remove any residue. Let dry prior to painting.

Step 3:

Whenever I’m painting furniture with Chalk Mineral Paint, I always do a minimum of 2 thin coats of Chalk Mineral Paint. The same will be true with outdoor furniture.

I also used Sea Glass on the outdoor chairs I’ve been working on. I was originally going to sand and have a wood finish, but after a few hours of sanding and not being anywhere close to a smooth wood finish, I decided to paint instead.

Step 4:

Honestly, the number one step to take with this project is the top coat. After painting the furniture the color of your choice, make sure to cover it in a few thin coats of Gator Hide to really protect it and seal it. If you’re painting a light color of furniture, make SURE to go thin with the Gator Hide because it can yellow if it’s applied too thickly. This step will protect the painted item from rain damage as it is a water repellant. Apply the Gator Hide with a brush or blue sponge. Let the furniture dry 48 hours before placing something on top. Use in a well ventilated area.

To read more insightful tips on painting outdoor furniture, head on over to At Home with Ashley here!

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  1. Babs says:

    I read that you shouldn’t use White Lightning on metal to clean before painting. Is this true?
    Thanks!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Babs! You can use White Lightning on metal 😊

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