Friday, March 30, 2012

Refurbishing Wrought Iron Furniture...

There's nothing easier than refinishing wrought iron furniture. I do it on a regular basis and it's as simple as wielding a paint can! If you're in the market for some patio furniture and you happen upon a well-used set of wrought iron, grab it quick. You can freshen it up in no time and have it looking like new. We've had our set for years now. It's been through a myriad of colors. We bought it when our seven kids were young. Buying something indestructible during that time in our lives was always appealing. Years later there's nary a dent in it and with a new coat of paint it still looks fabulous. Last year I painted this furniture a combination of lime green and turquoise, which definitely brightened our up our backyard! It went from drab tan...


to lime and turquoise in the space of a couple of hours.


The last couple of weeks I've been working on recovering the patio chair pads and the cushions (above) that I had inadvertently left out over the winter. They were worn and faded and in need of some beautiful new fabric -- fabric that competed with those turquoise chairs...


I decided to paint them a beautiful satin espresso color that I found at Home Depot. Generally speaking we Mormons try to distance ourselves from espresso and the like. In this case I couldn't get enough. That deep, dark coffee color was a perfect way to compliment the new fabric on the cushions. {If only that paint came in a "scratch and sniff" version, I'll admit to inhaling as I walk down the coffee isle at the grocery store. ;o) }


I really like how the cushions become the focus with this new coat of paint...


To refurbish wrought iron you only have to clean the surface -- either with a damp cloth or by spraying it down with water and letting it dry. Then, use a good quality spray paint and paint away. I used four cans of paint for all these pieces -- 4 chairs and a table. In a couple of hours you'll have a brand-new-looking set!


FYI:  May I recommend Scotts Turf Builder as a really good fertilizer for a lawn. It's the second best thing to spray painting your lawn a bright spring green {as illustrated in the pictures above}.

14 comments:

lefty.rollins said...

Your "new" patio set looks amazing! Thanks for sharing it. Where do you do your spray painting? Do you put newspaper or anything down on the ground first? Thanks!

Suzanne said...

I put a large tarp down first -- then a large piece of plywood (cardboard would work too) in the middle of the tarp.

Nancy said...

Beautiful! Love the colors.

GG said...

Looks nice, love iron, your lawn looks great.

Mia said...

I loved the bright colors you had on there but love the new dark paint with the new cushions!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

How cute!!

gadgetzilla said...

Just came across your site regarding the wrought iron furniture restore, certainly looks very nice.

I bought several pieces a few weeks ago which include two round table with four chairs, and two chaises. I'd like to refinish them all. Unfortunately, I'm seeing some peeling paint and rust of several items, using soap and water would take the dirt off but what would be recommended to address the peeling paint and rust issues ?

thank you
Jay

gadgetzilla said...

Thanks for the tarp and cardboard idea.

I was wondering, how did you address any rust or peeling paint issues, if you had any ?

I have several chairs that are rusting, and in many areas, the paint has started to peel.

thanks
Jay

Suzanne said...

Mine didn't have any rust or peeling paint. I would ask someone at Home Depot for advice on that subject!

Lonnie Summerall said...

Nice job painting your patio set! My husband and I did the same with our patio set. Only, we used powder coating because it’s ideal for outdoor furniture. Since the coating keeps the furniture rust-free, we only get to clean our patio set once every season. It saves us money and time repainting the entire set.

Lonnie Summerall

Erin Pittman said...

Well I love the results but help me here. I have the exact same set - the first time I tried to spray paint four cans later I barely covered a chair. What's the trick to not waste a lot of paint on a set like this?

devon denise said...

Where did you find the bright colored spray paints? Were they rust proof? They are so cute, but I cannot find any that are bright and fun and still prevent rust.

Suzanne said...

Erin & Devon - Not sure what the problem is. I didn't use nearly that much spray paint on mine. It has been awhile ago, but I think I bought the spray paint at Walmart. I went back the next year and they didn't have them though. They were definitely made for metal spray paints. Home Depot also has a good variety of spray paints.

Jaime Honbaier said...

You have to use a metal brush to get the peeling paint and debris off. Try using primer first and then the regular spray paint will stick easier.