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Ornate Sunbathing Umbrella

By: Susie Coelho for Krylon

This ornate sunbathing umbrella project from Krylon is a great way to add some personal flair to your patio or back yard. If you want to know how to make a patio umbrella your own, check out these ideas.

Ornate Sunbathing Umbrella


  • Krylon Outdoor Spaces® Metallic Finish - Gold Metallic (#2906)
  • New or old umbrella in any color that will show the metallic paint
  • Stencil (of your choice, birds, flowers, scroll patterns etc.)
  • Newspaper, drop cloths or old sheets
  • Masking Tape
  • Ruler
  • Pencil


  1. Set up a working area. Cover a table or other work surface with newspaper or a drop cloth.
  2. Determine the stencil pattern you are going to use.
  3. Remove the umbrella cover from the frame. (Most umbrellas are divided into panels, it’s best to paint one panel at a time and let it dry before moving on to the next panel.)
  4. Measure the length and width of the stencil. Measure the length of the panel. Determine the number of stencil patterns that will fit on each panel.
  5. Using newspaper or old sheets, mask off areas of the umbrella that you don’t want painted to protect them from overspray.
  6. Lay out the stencil and tape it down on the umbrella panel. Spray with a light even coat. Be careful not to oversaturate.
  7. Remove the stencil and repeat steps 1 through 5 until the umbrella is complete.

Ideas to Inspire:

Be creative and try using a variety of colors or patterns. Pick patterns that compliment your backyard style. (For example Tropical, Tuscan, Zen, Contemporary.)


  • Buy several stencils and tape them together to create a long enough pattern for each panel. This will speed up the painting process and make the stencil pattern more accurate.
  • Use Krylon Leafing Pens to add depth to your pattern by lining the stencil..
  • Hold can directly over the stencil when spraying, as opposed to at an angle. This will keep paint from sneaking under the seams and give a crisper line. If any pattern is “soft” or blurred, simply re-tape and touch up by spraying again.
  • Label unused paint as “umbrella color” and store. This way you can freshen up your umbrella when needed.
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