Backyard Reno – Part 2 – Outdoor Setting Dulux Makeover

In my first post about our huge backyard renovation project, I showed you how we tackled our roof, railings and the edition of huge sandstone blocks, re-turfing and basically turning our “hole in the ground” leftover from an above ground pool, into a beautiful outdoor entertaining area. You can see the before/after and progress HERE.

I would love to have the spare cash to buy some new outdoor furniture from a company like Charming Bench Company, however I was struggling to come to terms with the idea of just scrapping our current furniture, it is in very good condition considering how long we have had it! There were other options out there that would look great, for example, something like this poly outdoor furniture, however, during our reno project, I received an email from Dulux Australia, asking if I had any outdoor furniture that needed a makeover, and would I like to try their new Rapid Finish spray system for outdoor painting. Uh – yeah?!

So here are the pictures I sent them of our weary and worn outdoor furniture:outdoor setting 2outdoor setting 3 outdoor setting 1After discussing with their colour consultant the colour scheme of our house, we decided to go with the same colours as the exterior of our home. The newly painted roof is a Colorbond colour called Deep Ocean and our railings are Colorbond’s Classic Cream. outdoor set spraying 4The paint department at Bunnings was able to match these colours for us from the cans of Rapid Finish outdoor paint that Dulux had sent me. I also selected a third colour, Light Leather, but didn’t end up using this for our outdoor setting and will save it for another occasion.outdoor set spraying 1The RapidFinish sprayer is powered by the Wagner brand which gives it great cred to start with. I’ve used Wagner spray units before and have been happy with their design and usability. This spray unit comes even more compact than any other I’ve used, with the motor head section even smaller and locking in to the spray gun nicely.

outdoor set spraying 2The spray gun also comes with a spare rubber ring seal and lubricant. Op instructions are simple to follow.outdoor set spraying 3As it says on the can (below) this exterior paint is “ready to spray” – this is a bonus, because most paints, if you are using through a spray gun, will have to be diluted just slightly to make the consistency a little runnier for best application. This paint: no diluting, all good to go through the spray gun!outdoor set spraying 5I started with the Classic Cream, opened the can and gave it a bit of a stir, which is always a good idea when paint has been sitting around waiting for you to find a great day outside to spray paint!outdoor set spraying 6Then just carefully pour the paint into the spray container till you reach the maximum fill line. Don’t overfill or when you put the lid/spray nozzle on, it will ooze out the edges. Not good!outdoor set spraying 7When you’ve screwed the spray nozzle cap onto the bottle filled with paint, you can then attach the trigger/motor component and lock it in place.
outdoor set spraying 8I start with my furniture upside down sometimes to get a good coverage on the back and legs before flipping it over to finish it off.outdoor set spraying 9Plug it in to power and all you have to do is press the trigger and start spraying …outdoor set spraying 10There is a bit of a knack to this, so that you can get the best results. Here are a couple of my tips:

  • Spray in even strokes from side to side or up and down, depending on the part you are spraying.
  • Don’t leave the trigger pressed for too long in one place, to avoid excess paint which will cause drips and running.
  • A little at a time is better than trying to get a solid coverage in one session. Again, to avoid running, it’s better to do two coats. Letting the first dry thoroughly before starting on the second.

outdoor set spraying 11Our outdoor setting was pretty rough and weathered, and to get a really perfect paint job, I should have sanded back the rough surface of the timber. But … sometimes I’m lazy and this is getting quite old, and I just didn’t, okay?outdoor set spraying 14There, our Jack ‘n Jill set came up a treat with just a couple of coats of Classic Cream.outdoor set spraying 16I wanted to do a bit of mix and matching with our table and chairs, so I painted the long seats in the same colour. The seats tend to take a lot more coverage than the tables do with all the slats and the front and backs having to be done on each of them. The tables, I did not paint underneath. So the four litre paint can of Classic Cream covered these three large pieces using the RapidFinish Sprayer.outdoor set spraying 18Next on to the Deep Ocean after cleaning out the sprayer from the first colour. Clean up is really easy with water, but make sure you do take all the bits apart and scrub carefully as per instructions if you want your sprayer to last a long time.outdoor set spraying 19Here’s the smaller coffee table:outdoor set spraying 20Painting the dining table:outdoor set spraying 21Then the two end armchairs.outdoor set spraying 23This little sprayer has just done a solid day’s work!! Not to mention my aching arm that had held it for 6-7 hours straight! I do NOT recommend spraying for this length of time, but I really just wanted to finish painting EVERYTHING before I packed up and cleaned up for the day. You know how it is? But it is recommended that you let the spray gun rest for a period between long periods of spraying. I did really do this when I went to re-fill the sprayer each time – it was a very HOT day, so each chance for a break and a COLD water was high on my priority list.outdoor set spraying 22And here is the finished result:outdoor set finished 1 outdoor set finished 2 outdoor set finished 3 outdoor set finished 4outdoor set finished 5 outdoor set finished 6 outdoor set finished 8 outdoor set finished 9 outdoor set finished 10 outdoor set finished 12 outdoor set finished 13 outdoor set finished 14 outdoor set finished 15We’re happy with our new backyard renovations and so glad we have a great place to entertain and host guests.

Don’t forget to book in to one of our workshops if you’re a local (Brisbane/Logan). We are adding more to the schedule each month.

Have a great weekend everyone and don’t forget to send us pictures of your painted pieces. I’d love to see what you’re up to!


This is not a sponsored post. I was gifted a Rapid Finish Spray pack and tins of Dulux Rapid Finish Paint to review their product in a blog post. All opinions are my own and as a blogger I like to give my readers honest and open feedback on products that I receive for review.

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    March 28, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Hey that looks great! Good job. Did you have to pre-sand? (i’m still trying to work out how to make my own blog so my link may not work but thought i’d add it anyway)

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      March 29, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Thanks Shauna. As I said in the post, I should have pre-sanded for a smoother look, but I didn’t. So the outcome is a little rougher than it would have been if I’d sanded.

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    March 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    these are lovely. colours are prefect. Got a couple of outdoor pieces that need a make over, great motivation after seeing yours. Rochelle

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    cassie @ primitive & proper
    March 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    this set looks gorgeous! love the colors!

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    March 30, 2015 at 7:23 am

    A really interesting blog, Sharon. I would definitely consider the Dulux system if I was doing an outdoor project. Love your final results.

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    April 6, 2015 at 11:37 am

    It all looks great, I even love your pillows! stopped by from your feature at silver pennies.

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      April 14, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      Thank you Lisa. So glad you stopped by!

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    April 14, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    Hi Sharon,

    Not sure you’ll see this as it’s a tad after the event!

    LOVE your garden reno – fantastic job! And the furniture came up beautifully. I imagine you’re happy campers with those results!

    Also, just wanted to mention your blog posts STILL aren’t coming to me. Remember we looked into this a while back? Not sure why they don’t come to me, but am just concerned others may be having the same issue. I only just realised tonight, that I hadn’t been receiving them.

    Cheers, Liz.

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    rob buchanan
    February 12, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Hi Sharon

    Not sure if this post will reach you but just curious, would you use the RapidFinish spray Gun to spray paint a treated pine timber fence. Ours is about 18mtrs long by 1.8mtrs high. Spraying furniture looks like it worked a treat but unsure if it would be suitable for this type of work. If you used it for 6-7hrs without any hiccups that suggests to me that it may well do my job but nice to get some honest opinions before one commits Cheers 12 Feb 2019

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      Sharon Hankins
      February 12, 2019 at 9:09 am

      Hi Rob, my personal opinion is that I would not use this sprayer for the fence. My husband painted our new fence about a year ago, and hired a sprayer/compressor from an equipment hire place – so much more efficient for large areas such as a fence. I know Dulux has an info video on people using the Rapid Finish sprayer for a small fence, but the high powered sprayer attached to a compressor was so much more efficient. Thanks for asking.

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