2 Easy Summer DIY Patio Hacks by Genevieve Gorder

The HGTV star shows us how to spruce up an outdoor space with just a can of paint and four easy steps

It’s amazing what a little bit of paint can do. Just a couple of bold brushstrokes can transform a room, breathe new life into an antique piece—even turn your ho-hum outdoor patio into a place people actually want to gather this summer. Sure, you can toss in some throw pillows and plants and furniture, but if you're strapped for time and cash, this pair of patio hacks—courtesy of design expert and HGTV star Genevieve Gorder—is definitely the way to go. First, she revamped a pair of plain wood folding chairs using Valspar's Duramax Paint in salmon bisque to add a pastel splash to the white cushions on her outdoor sofa. Next, she created the illusion of an outdoor rug with a graphic, trellis-like variation on a Moroccan-style khatam star pattern—applied directly onto the patio. How's that for creative? Scroll down for more details and the super-simple how-to.

Painted Patio Chairs
You’ll need:
- 1 paint brush
- 1 quart of Valspar Duramax Paint (tinted to desired color)
- 1 roll painter's tape

Instructions:
1. Sand and wipe down surface to ensure it’s clean, smooth, and free of loose,
peeling, or crackling paint.

2. Tape off the chair ⅓ of the way from the top with painter’s tape.

3. Apply paint below the painter's tape; let dry for 24 hours.

4. Add a second coat and let dry.

2 Easy Summer DIY Patio Hacks by Genevieve Gorder

Painted Patio Rug
You'll need: 
- 1 gallon Valspar Porch & Floor Paint
- 1 stencil brush
- 1 roll painter’s tape
- 1 preferred stencil (this one is from Royal Design Studio)
- 1 can of adhesive spray

Instructions:
1. Sand and wipe down surface to ensure it’s clean, smooth, and free of loose, peeling, or crackling paint.

2. Measure and sketch with a pencil the desired size of your painted rug (for this project we did a 4’ x 5’ rectangle).

3. Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive spray; let dry until tacky. You can use painter’s tape for extra security, if needed.

4. Place stencil to surface starting at one corner of the penciled rectangle. Dab over stencil with stencil brush.

5. Move stencil adjacent to match registration marks and repeat steps 4 and 5.

6. Allow paint to dry for at least 24 hours before walking on the surface.

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