I am a big fan of the Hazardous Waste Materials Collection Facility in CoCoCounty. They always have a TON of paint... I found the best day to go is Saturday afternoon. They get a lot of donations on saturdays. I got 5 gallons of Kilz primer, 5 gallons of white satin latex interior exterior paint, 6 gallons of various white, blue and green paints, some pre mixed mastic for mosaics, faux patina paint, 20 quarts of various shades of white cream and blue. I mix all the whites together, all the creams together and the blues I mix with whites and greens to get soft blues and aquas... and the best part of all... it is 100% FREE!!! you can only make one stop there a day for stuff, but you can take as much as you want! Whenever I go to the bay area with my car, I stop there and get paint. So see if you have one in your area. If your community recycles these things like they should, there should be a lot to choose from. I can say the one here in OC is pretty bad. Not much stuff. I think people don't recycle down here as much as they do in Northern California...
I had these 4 wooden folding chairs that my mom gave me. They were really weathered, so I painted them a couple years ago with a bright green. The color faded, and I really loved it. Then I was at the goodwill and found 4 more folding chairs in really great shape for 6.99 each. So I got all, 4. I painted them all apple green, and I must say they turned out really cute!
I had a table and chairs that was silver and gold. I spray painted it white and recovered the seats. A simple process where you turn the chair over, unscrew the seat board, remove the existing fabric and replace with something new. I saved the cushions, and just recovered it all, stapled it in place with a staple gun and reattached the seats to the chairs. The fabric I used was a plastic coated fabric that is waterproof for the more wet outdoor weather of northern california. I had 5 chairs, so I mixed in 4 green folding chairs for a table for 8. I like the ecclectic look of the mixed wood chairs with the metal ones. I also love the bright spring colors. Even in fall in winter the colors are so cheerful and reming me of the warmer weather that I love.
I would love to hear about a patio or garden makeover project you have done. Please post a comment and add a link to your blog with some photos. I love to see what other people come up with.