It’s time to pull your patio furniture out of storage and get it ready for the fun summer months. Denver’s sunny summer days and warm to cool nights create the perfect setting in which to spend hours lounging out on the patio, deck or in the backyard. Unfortunately, Colorado’s 300 plus days of sunshine can cause cushions to fade while unpredictable summer hailstorms and August rain showers can cause steel and aluminum to rust. If you’re dealing with old, dreary patio furniture, there are plenty of ways to give your outdoor patio set a fresh look without having to eat the cost of buying a whole new set.
1. Clean it.
Is your patio furniture made mostly of steel, wood, plastic, aluminum or wicker? Choose a cleaning product compatible with the furniture’s material to remove any dirt or grime. Metal furniture can be buffed with steel wool while plastic furniture can be wiped down with diluted bleach and a rag. Wicker furniture can be cleaned with a damp rag and a little of oil soap.
2. Stain, paint or spray paint.
If you have wooden furniture, freshen up the look with bright, summery paint colors or choose a stain that matches the rest of the patio’s decor. Wicker can also be dyed, stained or painted, and metal furniture is fairly easy to spray paint. Regardless of what surface you’re working with, make sure the furniture is clean, smooth and dry before getting started.
Consider having the furniture re-upholstered or doing it yourself. This will save you money and create a whole new fresh, summery look for your patio. Simply strip off the older fabric to expose the frame, replace the padding and then sew in new fabric panels. If you have furniture with removable cushions, that’s an even bigger time-saver. Many stores sell replacement cushions in different sizes, patterns and colors at reasonable price points. To get the most bang for your buck, choose fade resistant cushions that can stand up to Colorado’s abundance of sunshine.
Below are some local stores that can help you no matter what your project entails.
2392 S. Holland St.
Advantage Upholstery will travel to clients throughout the Denver-Metro area, along the front range from Windsor and Fort Collins to Parker, Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. They carry everything to help you re-upholster your patio furniture such as canvas, tarps, clear plastics and outdoor fabrics.
828 Santa Fe Dr.
Denver, CO 80204
Fabric Bliss is a family-owned and operated store that carries designer fabrics for those looking to re-upholster their patio furniture themselves. If you just want to add new cushions, this is the perfect place to shop for your new fabric. In the shop, you will find mostly quilting-weight cotton fabrics, with a nice selection of sateen home decor, voile, laminated and oil cloths.
Guiry’s Color Source
2245 Market St.
Denver, CO 80205
Guiry’s Color Source is a Denver-based business started in 1899 by the Guiry Brother’s as a Paint and Wallpaper store. Today, it has grown to eight locations in the greater Denver area, and has expanded to include paint, wallpapers, window coverings, home décor, furniture, faux painting supplies and fine art supplies. Here you can find exterior paint and stain to spruce up wood or other kinds of patio furniture.
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Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.