There are few things I love more than vintage… specifically mid-century furniture! Some of my favorite pieces in our home are vintage. I can’t get enough. However, there is typically a bit of extra TLC that needs to go into vintage pieces. They have to be maintained and sometimes restored.
Today I’m teaming up with Rust-Oleum and their Stops Rust line to share my quick tips for weatherproofing your flea market finds for the outdoors!
I have these amazing vintage chairs. I inherited them from the previous owners of our home. I love them and want to use them on our deck soon. (The deck isn’t built yet, so I am using them indoors for a bit, but ultimately they are intended to be outdoor chairs.) They will be SO pretty!
They had some wear and tear (a bit of chipping paint and in this pic you can see they are a little dirty from being outdoors). Nothing too bad, but if I were to set them outside without weatherproofing and leave them through 1-2 winters, they would be ruined. Definitely not going to let that happen!
There are two main elements to weatherproofing! Maintenance and proper storage.
I have used Rust-Oleum for years for all kinds of outdoor projects. They are my go-to paint for pretty much all furniture projects. They also are hosting a contest this summer! If you show your project on Instagram or Twitter, follow their accounts and use their #stoprust and #inwiththeold hashtags, you can be entered to win a monthly prize box and $100 gift card to any Rust-Oleum retailer of your choice! Just in case you needed any extra inspiration to get working on those projects.
If you have a piece of furniture that is just a little bit (I mean a teeny tiny bit) chipped, it can become rusty quickly and over time ruin your furniture. So it’s pretty important to maintain your metal furniture by sanding smooth any chipped areas and repainting them. It’s a small simple thing that can make your furniture last far, far longer!
For these chairs, I used Semi-Gloss Protective Enamel in White.
2. Proper Storage
If you live in a region that gets cold, rainy or snowy to the point where you are not using your outdoor space for part of the year—store your furniture! There is no reason to expose them to wear and tear when you aren’t even able to be out there enjoying them! If you don’t have storage indoors or some kind of shed, just buy protective waterproof covers for your pieces and use them through the winter or any season you aren’t using your outdoor space. It’s an extra step, I know, but you will be so glad you did!
I learned this lesson the hard way in my first home when I let a beautiful hammock and some outdoor furniture stay outside all winter—a lot of it was damaged or ruined and wasted a lot of money. Never again!
I made these pillows using some plain pillows from Target and adding yarn (with more of a rope-like texture) with glue. Originally I intended to add a bunch of stitches to each corner and throughout the design as well, but when I finished, I didn’t feel like it really needed the stitches). You can see here how I just created a super simple design with layers and knots of yarn and glued it down.
And in this second image you can see the rainbow. I know I JUST made a rainbow pillow, but sorry not sorry, I made another one. Rainbows are my favorite. This is just 5 knotted strings, a braid and a hand crocheted piece (as in I couldn’t find my crochet needle so I just used my finger instead).
Here’s the finished product…
Credits//Author: Elsie Larson, Photography: Collin DuPree and Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.