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Spray Painting Wrought Iron Furniture

I’ve had some rusty looking wrought iron furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with the house. And it came from 1960-something.

Wrought Iron Furniture

2 things inspired me to give my wrought iron table and chairs an upgrade:

  • My friend Anna (@ohhhbetsy) told me I should spray paint it turquoise. Genius, I hadn’t even considered spray paint!
  • I saw this picture on Pinterest and it gave me the inspirational direction I needed:

Spray painting is my new favorite thing! It gives things an instant makeover, is inexpensive, and fairly simple.  Here’s how we did it:

Picking the Colors

I wanted the exact same colors in the picture above. I was surprised however to find the fairly limited selection of spray paint colors available at the home improvement store. I expected lots more options. I wasn’t in the mood to wait and I didn’t even think about searching online (heaven forbid). In one quick Google search I did find this great site that has loads of color options: Krylon

Note: choose from the matte finish colors. They look better.

Sand It

You need to make sure you give iron furniture (or iron anything) a light sanding before you put anything on it. You can use a sponge block sanding pad like these little guys from 3M.

Wash It

My husband insisted that we didn’t need to spray the furniture down but I didn’t want little dust flecks and spider webs sealed into my furniture with spray paint.  I sprayed all of the furniture down with the house and let it dry completely before we applied primer.

Prime It

We sprayed a light coating of primer on the chairs since they were all ready a red color that we wanted to hide completely.

spray paint primer on wrought iron furniture


In order to NOT spray paint our lawn a festival of colors (and to save our backs from hunching over) we put the chairs up on saw horses.

Saw Horse

Finished Product

wrought iron paint

red wrought iron table

Voila! Indeed, this is the first time in my life I have felt like a DIY Goddess. Bust out the spray paint and you can too!

Step By Step Painting Wrought Iron Furniture

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Comments (30)

  1. Cara 03/14/2015 at 12:49 pm

    Neat! Have they held up well?

  2. Lynn Slingerland 08/29/2014 at 6:19 am

    I love the chairs, I have an old set in my garden and plan on doing the same, thank you.

  3. cozy 08/16/2014 at 10:07 am

    I love that yellow… Do you happen to recall what Brand and yellow you used?


  4. Carolyn 03/30/2014 at 12:46 pm

    I would love to know how these have held up over the winter? We have a LOT of older pieces of wrought iron furniture and I really would love to have it professionally powder-coated, but I know that would be expensive- still it would take us easily 2 or 3 weekends to do all of the pieces we have…

    • Rachael Herrscher 03/31/2014 at 7:54 am

      They’ve held up surprisingly well and I haven’t even stored them with a cover or in my garage over the winter. They have just been in the back yard covered in snow all winter. Of course I recommend covering them for the winter (we live in Utah so we get lots of snow). But even uncovered they are looking great!

    • Julie 01/26/2015 at 10:27 am

      I’ve read to use an automotive primer. It holds up better than just the rust proof one. Plus I saw one that etches so the paint adheres to the primer better.

  5. Eileen 05/27/2013 at 4:52 pm

    I saw these pained chairs on Pinterest and just love them. I have been trying to find these colors of paint, but have been unsuccesful Any chance you can tell me the names of the colors and if you used Krylon paint?
    Thank you

  6. patti 03/15/2013 at 7:12 pm

    Your pretty chairs has given me inspiration to paint mine. How lovely!

  7. Atlanta Outdoor Furniture 12/19/2012 at 10:13 pm

    Good job! Well done!

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  10. Laurie Herrscher 09/12/2011 at 9:03 pm

    I like your colors. Did I miss seeing them at your house?

    • Rachael Herrscher 09/13/2011 at 9:20 am

      They were tucked up in the gazebo – where I now eat lunch everyday. 🙂

  11. Em falconbridge 09/12/2011 at 1:31 pm

    Look at you go! These are so yummy fantastic!

  12. Cherise Udell 09/12/2011 at 1:07 pm

    p.s. pls do share the exact colors you chose as i love the combo and have my own wrought iron furniture to make-over (hope you don’t mind a copy-cat!!). currently, our set is a VERY outdated green.

    • Rachael Herrscher 09/13/2011 at 9:19 am

      I’ve just got to find the cans! 🙂 Stand by!

      • Amy B 03/29/2012 at 8:50 am

        Loving this! Did you share the colors you used? I couldn’t find on here. Thanks! Amy

        • Rachael Herrscher 04/05/2012 at 8:24 pm

          I’m glad you commented! I had thought I came back and posted – but I didn’t! 🙂 I used Rust-Oleum “Painters Touch” spray paint. I selected all satin finsihes. Some of the colors I used were “Green Apple”, “Colonial Red”, and “Grape” I need to find the exact color for the blue and yellow I used (can’t find the old cans. The satin finish looks better in my opinion.

  13. Cherise Udell 09/12/2011 at 1:02 pm

    WOW! What an update!!!! Your new furniture looks amazing.

  14. Katy Lunsford 09/12/2011 at 12:43 pm

    These are awesome,I would love to do that to my white wicker chairs and table but I’m so scared I’ll regret it.

  15. Becky 09/09/2011 at 8:11 am

    Oh that makes me want to spray paint. Those are way too cute!!

  16. Erica 09/08/2011 at 6:02 pm

    Ooo, so happy! Love it.

  17. Marie 09/08/2011 at 2:34 pm

    You rock star! Now I need to find some wrought iron chairs to DIY!

  18. Raejean 09/08/2011 at 9:39 am

    Those are awesome colors. Makes me wish I had some old furniture to revamp!

  19. Kristen 09/07/2011 at 8:53 pm

    Those chairs are so much fun!

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  21. Carina Wytiaz 09/07/2011 at 10:18 am

    Well done!

  22. Erin Oltmanns 09/07/2011 at 9:47 am

    I love this. My metal deck furniture is getting all rusty and I was thinking that I’d have to replace it next year. NOT SO. I’m thinking red would be fabulous. 😉 Nice job, DIY Ninja.

  23. Tracy 09/07/2011 at 12:14 am

    Love the colors! Just like new furniture.