Monday, May 08, 2017

painted patio umbrella

I have full blown spring fever which means I have been spending a lot of time on outdoor projects! One of the big things on my list has been a whimsical umbrella for our deck. We've got plans to spend a lot time on our deck this summer so I wanted something fun to create a little shade for our outdoor meals.  
I was on a budget for this project and we also don't have lots of room for a giant umbrella so I went with this umbrella from IKEA, it was only $14.99 and it was about 63" which was perfect for our space.
I wanted to completely re-vamp the umbrella so I started by painting over everything! I used house paint and it took me two layers to get those green areas covered up. 

Then I got busy adding details! I used Golden High Flow Acrylic Paint for this process. It's my favorite supply for doing line work with a brush on just about any surface. It has the consistency of ink but it's (VERY) permanent.

My plan was to paint a really decorative mandala that would compliment the pattern on the surface of our deckThis process was time consuming and took me DAYS to finish but the end result was totally worth it! 

NOTE: For those who will ask- no I did not seal it. We get so much rain here (even in the summer) that I only plan on using the umbrella on sunny days. And no, I am not that worried about it fading. In fact, I welcome fading! My goal was to create a whimsical umbrella to last us for one or two summers.

9 comments:

Emily Alyn said...

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stefanie stark said...

Oh, wow !!! This umbrella looks so cool :)

polepole said...

Fantasticoooooo! :)
I love your style!

Terry Workman said...

Just curious - did you you paint the underside, too? I think this is great! I always enjoy seeing your projects and your inspiration.

shay said...

LOVE IT!. I tried spray paint on my outdoor umbrella, and was unhappy with the results. It never occurred to me to use housepaint! So Excited to try that now. You are always an inspiration. Love your blog.

jimsgirl said...

This is a great idea and turned out amazing. All of the deck projects are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing!

Maya Kuzman said...

Just amazing!

Virginia said...

Oh it looks fabulous - I thought you'd started with a yellow umbrella when I saw it on instagram, but no you covered over dark green and white - not sure what you mean by house paint for us in the UK. I do masonry paint, we do emulsion paint - actually thinking about it, emulsion doesn't come out of clothing and I've got loads lying around so I may well use that and see how it goes! Thanks for the amazing inspiration!

val d’iya said...

Super idea, I realize soon! And what a pretty picture of the "p'tite lulu" surrounded by flowers

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