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.
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:
Spray Painting Wrought Iron Tip #1: 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.
Spray Painting Wrought Iron Tip #2: 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.
Spray Painting Wrought Iron Tip #3: 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.
Spray Painting Wrought Iron Tip #4: 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 Painting Wrought Iron Tip #5: Painting
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.
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!