Easy Umbrella Upcycle!

Happy Wednesday Friends!  My patio umbrellas take a beating from our Texas sun. I have two and they were both dreadfully faded.  I prefer the metal crank variety and have not seen any colors this season that appeal to me.  Besides, they are so expensive! Not quite sure what to expect, I took a chance on spray painting them. Instant upgrade--three cans of spray paint and one hour later, my two umbrellas went from drab to fab! 

Spray painted patio umbrella

This is the larger of the two umbrellas--it took not quite two cans. I opened each all the way, propped on its side as shown, and painted one at a time.  Plastic drop cloth from the dollar store is underneath.  I gave careful attention to spraying in even strokes.   I would not attempt this project on a windy day! Also, keep in mind when you choose a paint color, that it does show on the underside.  Since my umbrellas were faded to a pale green, Rust-oleum's Sunburst Yellow covered sufficiently and also gave a consistent appearance underneath. Dark, contrasting colors might not have the same effect. 

Upcycled spray painted patio umbrella

Here are my bright "new" umbrellas! I used what I already had and spent less than 1/2 the cost of one umbrella--happy dance! 

Spray painted patio umbrella

I would love to hear about your latest projects!


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  1. Looks great Cecilia. Love the bright color. Looks like a smart move to me. You come up with the best ideas. I have been thinking about painting our gazebo cover that is stained where birds left their mark. I am sure it would take more that two cans of paint and would be pretty hard to get to all of it. Maybe try to roll-on? Think?
    Audrey Z.

  2. Great idea! I can do this to our 2 umbrellas in our hot AZ desert!

  3. I never would have thought to spray paint these. Awesome!

  4. Perfect - and easy peasy! Thanks for the tip.

  5. 2 years on how is the umbrella holding up?


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