Image: Donna Griffith
Old metal garden furniture need not be destined for the dump. With a little elbow grease, these charming chairs get a new lease on life.
Look for pieces with an intricate silhouette for a one-of-a-kind esthetic .
• Steel-wool or wire brush
• Wrought-iron outdoor furniture
• Heavy-duty degreaser (such as trisodium phosphate powder)
• Spray paint
1. Using the brush, buff away any loose material, such as peeling paint, dirt and rust, from the furniture.
2. Wash the furniture thoroughly with water and, if it has oil stains, the degreaser.
3. Select a spray paint in the colour of your choice that’s meant for adhering to metal, featuring a built-in primer and rust protection. Paint the furniture. For long-lasting results, and to avoid drips and chips, spray a few light coats, allowing the paint to dry in between, instead of attempting a single thick coat.
4. Allow the new paint to cure as per the manufacturer’s instructions.