Sun, rain and seasonal storage can age an outdoor patio umbrella leaving it looking dingy and dull. Bring it back to life – inexpensively -- with a fun and creative coat of paint.
If the umbrella’s fabric is a thin weave, apply a coat of spray primer. Lightly coating the surface of the fabric helps to saturate it and will help prevent the paint from bleeding through.
Paint on the inside of the umbrella first in a layer of pink paint. Do one complete coat to line the inside of the umbrella, but leave the edges of the umbrella unpainted (Image 1). Allow the pink paint to dry and then do a second coat for full coverage (Image 2).
While the second coat of pink dries, paint the edges of the umbrella with two coats of the darker green color (Image 1). Leave a 3-inch space between the pink and the dark green to leave room for a third color, a light green (Image 2). Using two shades of green helps to emulate the natural transition of colors in a watermelon rind. If you desire the band of light green paint to be perfectly straight, apply painter’s tape to the inside of the umbrella overlapping the dry pink and dark green. Paint two coats of lighter green for full coverage.
The outer-facing fabric of the umbrella will be painted an alternating light and dark green to represent the outside of the watermelon. Eight panels on the typical umbrella make it possible to alternate colors all of the way around. Proceed with two coats on each panel for full coverage, which will help disguise any bleed through of the pink from the inside of the umbrella.