A blank slate. That’s what we had on our back patio just a few days ago. All of our tables, chairs, and grill (I love grilling season) was stored under the deck. There was absolutely nothing on our backyard patio. We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter season and I was ready for color, I was ready for fun in the backyard. Today I am sharing with you this quick backyard patio update with Americana Outdoor Living Paint.
This post has been sponsored by DecoArt. They also provided me with paint to complete this project. You can see my full disclosure here.
Backyard Patio Update with Americana Outdoor Living Paint
Last summer the house next to ours was being completely renovated. While sitting on our front porch, we discussed if they were really putting this gorgeous door in the dumpster. Without hesitation, my mother-in-law went over and asked if we could have it. And I am so glad she did.
Here’s a look at what our backyard patio before I started painting the door.
Everything except the rug has been just sitting there. I was planning on using this rug but decided on a smaller one we weren’t using so we can also add a patio table. The stove top is waiting for the city recycling day. Oh! And the door! I almost forgot since it blends in so nicely!
And here’s what it looks like today!
I just love how bright and colorful it is now! This was such a quick and easy update. I used most things I already had. The rug was sitting in a closet not being used. The lounger chair was given to us as a house warming gift. And I am borrowing the cute little table until I can find a table of my own.
Tips for Using Americana Outdoor Living Paint
You can find Americana Outdoor Living Paint at Hobby Lobby! And there are so many great colors in the line. It has an eggshell finish and it’s durable for outdoor use.
- I used the color Frosted Glass. And when I first applied the paint it looked like it was going to be more of a white than green. As it dried the color deepened into this amazing blue/green color. I can’t say all colors will do this but most paint tends to as it dries.
- Because it is a little thicker than paint I am used to I found it was easier to make sure you had plenty of paint on the brush. You don’t want to leave drips but for a smooth painting experience, you want to reload your brush before it runs out. Otherwise, it’s a tad sticky.
- If you keep your brush loaded you can also apply Americana Outdoor Living Paint in just one coat! I only had to apply a second coat to the areas I skimped on paint!
- Let each coat dry completely and lightly sand in between. I skipped the sanding and noticed it would have applied more smooth if I had sanded even a little.
The old painted door would look really cute in the yard too. If you decide to make an old door garden planter make sure to secure it to the wall or in the ground. I no longer have a blank slate and I am so excited to spend some time sipping lemonade and watching my boys play in the backyard!