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Repainting Metal Furniture: Easy as 1-2-3

on July 31, 2013

We’ve had our little bistro set for a long time– at least 7 years. It began life black, and a few years ago I repainted it this light green color. One of the legs came loose, too, and Mr. Sunshine welded it back for us. (You can see the ring holding it together if you look closely.) Anyway, it was really showing its age… (As you well know, “As we age,” all sorts of things begin to fall apart lol!)

repainting metal patio furniture

repainting metal patio furniture

So I got some rough sandpaper and smoothed over the worst of the bad spots.

repainting metal patio furniture

Then I used an old shower curtain to protect the porch, and prepared to spray. I used a spray primer just on the unpainted spots.

repainting metal patio furniture

Read your directions carefully. Both the primer and paint I used said you can repaint in 15 minutes. (or, oddly enough, 24 hours!) I used Rustoleum, and both the primer and the (hammered textured) paint covered a lot more than I expected. I used only a small amount of the primer, and a little over a can of spray.

To repaint metal patio furniture:

  • Please just buy some cheap work gloves. I didn’t and had to clean up with whatever I had on hand, which was paint THINNER (not remover) and foot scrub. Just about rubbed the skin off my hands! For the 2nd coat I stuck by hand in a grocery bag and held the can. It kept my hands clean but was awkward to work with!
  • Spray with light coats to avoid drips.

1. Use sandpaper or a steel brush to loosen up rust, then clean surfaces.

2. Use primer on rough spots. (Even if the spray paint says “use directly over rust.” It also says “Better results will be obtained if you clean and prime.”)

3. After you think you’re finished, go back and look again. Re-spray “holidays” if you find them. (Those are uncovered spots, where the painter took a holiday!)



Cute, huh?

13 responses to “Repainting Metal Furniture: Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Bronwyn says:

    Wow! It looks amazing! Nicely done.

  2. Sunshine says:

    I love that you called T Mr Sunshine!! That’s hilarious. 🙂

  3. Carrie says:

    That looks great…and you do make it sound and look so easy.

    We have some patio furniture we need to re-do and I could only WISH painting was the only thing involved. We gotta replace the fabric and all.

    And we’re having to do this because of a lovely dog my husband just can’t seem to part with and swears the ‘chewing stage’ has passed.

    Uh, huh.

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  5. lydiaf1963 says:

    That turned out great! Like you, I don’t remember to wear gloves until too late. One year I got chemical burns from prepping jalapenos! Thanks for linking up to the Get Inspired Weekend Blog Hop. Have a great week!

  6. Victoria Reich says:

    Thank you! now that most of the planting and weeding is done, our dining set and lounge chair are next on my list.

  7. Anne says:

    Hi, i’m about to paint our garden bench over the Easter weekend and love the result you achieved with your outdoor set. Which Rustoleum colour did you use? Thanks very much.

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