By Gwen Hefner

Published on August 21, 2015

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before-and-after: 

a modern patio makeover

We moved into a new home last year and with the house came a lot of outdoor living space. Knowing that we were lacking a lot of outdoor furniture, my parents offered up their patio set from the 90’s. The wrought iron hunter green looked a little tired and the fabric was certainly a bit dated, but I knew some paint and new cushions could do wonders for this free furniture.  

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First I sanded down any areas where the paint had chipped off or the iron was rusted. Then I applied two coats of rust-preventing spray paint. I needed about one can for every piece of furniture. After letting that cure for a few days I added the cushions. Because I saved on the furniture itself, I wanted to splurge on this finishing touch. Beautiful cushions can be hard to find, but I custom made these at 
Cushion Source
. There are hundreds of fabrics to choose from and many different upgrades like tufting and piping. The construction is top notch and the fabric has a six year warranty.  

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To finish off the space I added a rug, some potted plants and a mirror. When you are decorating an outdoor area, think of it like a room. The more indoor elements you can add, the more inviting it will feel. To see more details and updated outdoor seating head over to The Makerista!