OUTDOOR PROJECTS

VINTAGE Metal Chair Makeover

While visiting my sister-in-law (Carol) in Southern California… I was quickly put to work! Yeah right, who am I fooling… I wanted an excuse to be outside and soak up that beautiful SoCal weather.

Carol wanted to brighten up her aged and worn vintage metal chairs. She has a beautiful backyard and these dated little chairs just weren’t cuttin’ it in that pretty colorful backyard of hers. She knew I’d be up for the challenge and I was excited to give it a shot!

Carol and her husband entertain a lot and she loves lots of color. She chose a different color for each chair. I admit, I was a bit skeptical but … I love how they turned out.

This fun project was really not hard at all. It was a bit time consuming because of the “waiting for the paint to dry” factor. However, for me, waiting for paint to dry in a beautiful backyard in SoCal was not a problem 🙂

I lightly sanded all areas on each chair, then hosed them down with plain water. After towel drying as much as possible, I left them out to dry overnight upside down (water can gather in the hollow part of the legs so I turned them over).

The next morning, I sprayed each one lightly with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover 2X Gloss. In my opinion, gloss is best for outdoor projects so that the elements will clean off easier. Once the paint dried, I lightly sanded each one again and wiped each one down with a damp cloth to rid them of any sanding particles. Making sure they were totally dry again, I lightly sprayed them once again. Thats it!

This was such a fun and satisfying project. I give kudos to Carol for forcing me to think out of my “bland color box”. This could not have turned out better!

~Lela (TrashFindRedesigned on ETSY)

4 Comments

  1. Lela – this looks so amazing! I love this idea and am now on the hunt for rusty folding chairs to paint! Gorgeous! Thanks for linking up for I DIYed that! I hope you come back and share again!

  2. i love DIY projects that truly anyone can do! these are adorable. it’s incredible what a little spray paint can do! i have a post in progress about spray paint projects and would love to include a reference to your blog and this post! i will be keeping my eyes open for some metal chairs to spray paint for my home.
    :: erin ::

    1. Thank you Erin and yes, please do include a reference to my blog about the spray painting! It really is amazing what a little spray paint can do!!! Have a great day ~Lela

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