Paint a Patio Swing Cushion

I didn’t know if painting this cushion was going to be possible or not. My patio swing cushion was so dirty looking even though I had washed and scrubbed it. My patio faces East so it gets all the North and South winds. It makes a great cool place to sit, but all my patio furniture takes a licking. Every wind, hurricane, storm, rain, etc. hits that side of the house. I looked online and could not find a replacement cushion.

I just went for it because it couldn’t look any worse. This cushion will come off if you un-assemble the swing. I think now, this swing will last a few more seasons before I have to buy a new one. It was either try this or toss the whole swing OR… a new one. Sewing is too complicated for me now even though I used to sew all the time. See more pictures below.

It rained so much during the spring and early summer that I never finished this project until September. Now I have it back on my patio and also decorated. I painted the whole swing because it was rusting in some areas. It took about 5-6 cans of Rustoleum 2x Paint and Primer in Flat Black. I painted over several weeks. It does not come off on your clothes when you sit down. But I did let it dry for DAYS and sometimes weeks in between coats. I had to because of vacation, weather, and hurricanes. It was even rained on a few times.

Yay….I remembered to take a BEFORE picture.
Very gross looking. When it rains, this cushion gets wet and doesn’t dry uniformly. Yuck! And one year, we didn’t even have it under the patio. It had an umbrella topper on it to begin with.
Here I go. No turning back….lol….
This is as far as I went on my patio. I didn’t want black paint on my house so we moved it to the yard.
My Mom helped me spray paint and my sister and brother-in-law helped us move it to and from.
It is not completely covered here. I used another can and a half of spray paint after this. But I also painted the swing itself.
Here it is all finished. Much better! It is kind of scratchy to sit in so I looked for a throw cover for it.

Now, you may think, why didn’t I just get a throw cover to begin with? Well I did have super large black towels on it last year but they always blew off and did not totally cover all the dingy cushion.

It’s not perfect, but much better.
I found a throw at Dollar General. It blends in with all the rest of my patio cushions very nicely.
Here it is with all the cushions and my red accessories.

We will really enjoy sitting out here now. I hope you try this if you cannot easily find replacement cushions for your patio furniture or if you are frugal like me.

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