How To Paint Plastic Furniture & A Makeover

How to paint plastic furniture-
Another sneak peek of our patio space! I know, I’m such a tease. It happens. Anyways in the last post about the outdoor sofa makeover, I talked about how we wanted to do this patio makeover on a budget. Enter ugly beat up plastic chairs that I found at a local thrift store for a few measly dollars. I knew with a little TLC & some spray paint that these babies would be as good as new & be a great addition to our patio makeover. And actually these chairs are pretty heavy & are very sturdy so it was a great deal. I hope this post makes you think twice about passing up some ugly plastic furniture at your local thrift store or inspires you to paint some plastic furniture of your own!

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So you have a not so pretty plastic piece of furniture. It’s so easy to give it a makeover that it would be a sin not to make it pretty!

1- wash the entire surface of the plastic piece of furniture. I like using windex or vinegar and water to clean with. I feel like it gets all of the dirts & oils completely off the surface which will allow the paint to adhere better to the plastic.

2- You can choose to prime if you want to. I don’t prime when painting plastic. One, because I’m lazy & I don’t feel like it’s necessary. I have never had a problem with paint coming off of my plastic pieces when I don’t prime. Plastic is an absorbent material and any kind of spray paint works very well in my opinion. But, if you do want to prime, you can use kilz or rust-oleums oil based primers for extra security that your paint will last & go on smooth. My favorite spray paint to use is Rust-oleum (and no this post is not sponsored, but hey what’s up rust-oleum! I like your product!) I feel like for plastic and outdoor pieces in general it’s very durable and long lasting. I especially love the hammered textured series because it hides flaws & really leaves no room for error.

3.Your done. I’m not kidding. That’s it. Let your piece dry until it’s out in the weather conditions, but really now you have a beautiful “new” piece of furniture that you can be proud of and that will make your outdoor space look like a whole new area!



What do you think of these tips on how to paint plastic furniture? Have you painted plastic furniture before? What are some tips & tricks that you have? I would love to hear them! Share them in the comments below, or find me on Facebook & Instagram! Also, be sure to check back soon to see the complete before & after of this patio… trust me. It’s a huge makeover & the before is really embarrassing to say the least ;) You do not want to miss it!


  1. Elizabeth Mcneel says:

    I have two ugly plastic chairs inu backyard. I am so excited! I will spruce them up this weekend. Thanks for the tip on your blog today.

  2. Rust-oleum leaves all kinds of room for error, not “no room for error” which implies if you mess up, you’re in trouble :) and I would definitely like to try this on my ugly white stained patio chairs!! TFS!

    • haha & this is why you do not write posts late at night when you are tired ;) thanks for pointing that out! & I hope you get to paint your patio chairs soon!! :) :) xx

  3. Liz,
    This turned out great! I too am a HUGE fan of spray painting almost…well anything! We painted our rod iron patio furniture about 2 summers ago and it is still going strong. I think having some plastic chairs on hand would be nice too and I like how you added some throw pillows to “soften” them up.

    Hope you have a great weekend :D
    xo, Jennifer

  4. I just bought two boring beige cans of Rust-oleum for my large plastic storage container on my patio. I’m wondering if the hammered version would give it a new look…hmmm

  5. This is such a great DIY!! You have totally inspired me to paint my 2 ugly plastic chairs!

    Thanks so much!

  6. Just beautiful! My mom painted some plastic chairs bright yellow last year and they still look great! I big puffy heart spray paint!


  7. Such a fab makeover – I have never seen plastic chairs with such fancy detail. Love the new color! Happy weekend!

  8. This is great!! How has the paint held up, any chipping? I have used this paint on so many things it’s silly! Mostly metals though. I have two beige colored Adirondack chairs that are acting as fillers right now because I hate them…but I think with a makeover they could be so much better!!
    Come link up your post to my first ever blog party, would love to see you there :-)

  9. Fabulous makeover. I never thought that we could renovate our plastic furniture all by our self . And it could look so great afterwards.

  10. wow great post, i will be definitely trying out some of these tips!cheap beds with mattress sale

  11. Thanks for the tutorial. I’ll get to work this weekend! BTW – The first sentence of #3…”Your done” should be “You’re done” – using the contraction of “you” and “are”. (Maybe it’s just a typo though.) Thanks again for the tips.

  12. I thought that doing the painting to the plastic furniture chairs is full of burden thing, but seeing this blog post I got a simple procedure to paint the chairs in a easy manner. Thank you for posting this amazing blog. In these growing market, every day new arrivals, new designs of chairs are produced. In those the sactionals and beanbags are amazing furniture chairs compared to other types of chairs.

  13. Did you do any sanding? Or you just washed them and painted?

  14. It’s time to renovate all old products to make modern and to seem better. It seems better to give modern look to our chairs by painting them. However, an excellent post has been provided to your blog followers.

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  16. So I have been searching, and your tutorial looks the easiest. Partly cause I’m lazy and don’t want to prime or sand. Haha so I have some white, red, and purple bombo bar stools. They are glossy but are plastic. We want to paint the red and purple. Do you know can I paint it and have glossy? I don’t want the white ones to be glossy and the others more matte ya know? Lol if worse comes to worse I guess I’ll paint all 6! Any reccomendations??

  17. Great post! Been reading a lot of tips for painting some outdoor furniture. Thanks for the info!

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