Painting your Old Umbrella

I purchased an umbrella off Craigslist about four years ago. It was “ok” when I bought it. Not totally new, but decent. Sadly, this year it was at the end of it’s life…..I was going to buy a new one, but thought I would give some spray-paint a try first.
2.5 cans of red RustOleum Spray Paint …
…and two 15′ rolls of striped ribbon from Hobby Lobby.
…and this old umbrella was back in business! 
A close-up of the ribbon detail.
Ok….I really am moving onto the inside of the house now. Really!
Because buyers will probably care more about my missing basement ceiling than black and white trim on my umbrella!
Oh why do I let myself get so distracted?!
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  1. Great idea. I spray paint everything but never thought to spray paint my umbrella. It looks great and I love the edging- xo Diana

  2. Whoa! Great idea, I am now putting it on my to-do list. Much prettier now!

  3. Who’da thunk? That’s a terrific idea! And right within my budget 🙂

  4. Beautiful job!! I love it!

  5. Great update, Katie! I’ve seen one on Pinterest, I was considering trying, I think you’ve inspired me to bite the bullet and try it!

  6. Looks good! Wouldn’t have thought of that =)

  7. It looks like new!I love it! What would we do without spray paint!

  8. Gorgeous!!! I love spray paint!

  9. Wow! What a difference! LOVE it!

  10. how did you add the ribbon? sew or glue? beautiful and I have one that I want to rehab. Yea!!!

  11. Wow! You inspire me, have I told you that lately? This looks great!!

  12. found your through live.laugh.rowe…you are so creative! I love so many of your projects!!! This is adorable.

  13. Love the new look! Your buyers should totally include it in the contract. I focus on outdoor projects in the summer and ignore the inside stuff, simply because that’s where we spend the most time!

  14. I started to do this last year to my umbrella – the paint just didn’t want to stick or it soaked in too much or something- then the wind got ahold of it and that was the end of my project!

    Yours turned out super!!

  15. Wow you totally breathed new life into your old umbrella. I have one i picked up on the side of the road…it’s a fading hunter green color…but you’ve got my wheels turning…mmmm…maybe LIME GREEN!

  16. I had no idea that you could do that! It turned out awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  17. FABULOUS!!!! Ive been curious to try this on my OLD RED umbrella-ella-ella! lol cant wait to try this:) Deidre~

  18. Wow! And I just threw my old umbrella away. My husband can’t see this post. Lol

  19. Wow- it turned out beautiful! I was about to toss an old umbrella that came with a patio set I just got off craigslist- but maybe I’ll give it a coat of spray paint first. 🙂

  20. I had no idea you could do this! What a great way to stretch the use of an umbrella another couple of seasons.

  21. Seriously clever. And I’m having a clunk my head moment here … I never, ever would have thought to just paint my faded umbrella!



    Oh, and I love seeing your back entry being featured all over the blog world! Just spotted again over at I Heart Naptime …

  22. Ahh…I was just getting ready to throw my old umbrella out. Now with a little Rustoleum and my hot glue gun, mine should be revived again! I love renewing and upcycling! Keeps from overcrowding the landfills!

  23. PS: Do you mind if I pin this on Pinterest? I always like to ask before I pin something.

  24. Wow that’s some transformation! Now i wish I hadn’t ditched our faded umbrella last summer !!!


  25. Another YEA! for spray paint!!! Super idea… got my wheels spinning for sure!

  26. What an awesome idea! Ours is starting to fade quite a bit, so now I know what to do. Thanks for posting!

  27. Way to go! Thanks for the great recycle and reuse idea! Love it!

  28. Oh my–i love this! What a brilliant idea and beats having to buy an expensive new one!

  29. What a great idea! Your umbrella looks fantastic…it looks brand new.

  30. Great idea to save something still useful, especially in our throwaway society…but not us gals.

  31. Your umbrella looks much better – nice job!! Thanks for this tutorial – very practical.

    I’m so glad you linked up at Romance on a dime!!

  32. Such a great idea. Did you sew the trim? Anyway, what an amazing update. It looks great. Thanks so much for sharing.

  33. I had no idea you could paint an umbrella like that. That is ultra brilliant. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

  34. this is so great! Following you on linky followers now (liked you on facebook last time) Love this post, please link it up with me on Wow Us Wednesday at Family Home and Life.

  35. Thanks for linking to TAke-A-Look Tuesday – you were featured today!!

  36. Wow, I never knew you could spray paint an umbrella and that it would work. It looks great. I love the ribbon detail.

  37. Fabulous – who knew you could spray paint your umbrella!? I love what I can learn from my blogging friends!
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  38. Saw your feature at These Peas Taste Funny. This is incredible! I think the ribbon trim is the perfect finishing touch. Following you on everything now!

  39. The wonders of spray paint! Love this idea and the results are fabulous. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party this week.

  40. What a great idea! I would have never thought to do that!
    You’ve been featured!

  41. Amazing! Featuring you today! XO, Aimee

  42. WOW, Katie! You’re a genius! It’s beautiful and so clever!

  43. Now I know what I’ll be doing with my umbrella! Thanks!

  44. My umbrella is on it’s last leg this season. After mulching and staining the deck, I’ve put a hold on any more outdoor projects, for my sanity. But next year, this is a must! Thank you!

  45. I was just looking at my umbrealla this weekend thinking to myself that I wish it were a different color…(everything has to match with me)lol. so thank you so much for sharing…found you at A to Z and I am now following you linky!
    Your umbrella turned out so cute love red white and black together!

  46. That is just cool. I would never have thought of that idea. Who knew you could paint an umbrella!??? My wheels are going now…what else could I paint?
    Thanks for linking up!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  47. Wow! That’s an awesome idea. I’m definitely going to do this rather than replacing my old umbrella. I’d love for you to link up to my party at Thanks for the great idea!

  48. Who would have “thunk it”? You, that’s who! You are so inspiring and you make me look at things with new eyes now! I kept holding onto stuff but now I am actually doing something with them. It’s either renew and re-purpose or out the door it goes! Ok, Katie….what would you do with old, dirty, beatup carpeting? Hmmm…has anyone ever tried spray painting that? LOL! Your umbrella looks brand new! Even better with the cute ribbon on it! Darling!

  49. I really have to do this too to my umbrella – thanks for posting! Oh, I have this linked to my patio projects roundup post too today, well done!

  50. That’s a genius idea … I don’t like the color of my current umbrella! Any idea how it will hold up to the elements?

  51. I had no idea you could use enamel spray paint to paint something fabric like that – it looks beautiful! Great idea Katie!

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