This Rusty Metal Patio Chair Makeover was part of the porch nook sprucing up that I showed you last week. I wanted to share some tips for how to paint rusty metal patio furniture. It’s easy if you have the right tools!
Several years ago we picked up some metal patio furniture at a yard sale. I had great plans to sew new cushions and give it a new coat of paint. But life got busy, and it sat under our deck. For two years. Please tell me I’m not the only one with a room full of projects just waiting to be done.
The chair was in pretty good shape when we bought it, just a few rust spots. But after two years of neglect, those rust spots took over everything. When I pulled it out, my white chair was no longer white. . .
A pretty sad state of affairs. But then I used a magic wand. A magic wand in the form of a can of spray paint. Rustoleum Rusty Metal Primer. Have you ever heard of it? It’s the bees knees. For reals. It covers up rust, and blocks it from spreading. Then you can use any color of spray paint that you want. I told you it was magical!
Here’s a close up of my chair after I sprayed it with the primer. It also comes in a rust color, but I like the grey because it’s easier to tell where you’ve sprayed.
Amazing, isn’t it?
I covered the entire chair. You want to make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies. Which is a much easier job with spray paint than it is with brushes! I sprayed the front of mine, then let it dry for a few minutes and flipped it over so I could get the back sides and legs.
Here it is all primed and ready to go. No sign of rust anywhere.
After the primer dried, I sprayed the whole chair with Rustoleum Aqua spray paint in a satin finish. Isn’t she lovely now?
Next up I sewed a new cover for the cushion. I simply used a seam ripper to remove the fabric from the foam pad, then I traced it onto my new fabric.
I just sewed the two pieces together right sides together, leaving the back open. Then I flipped it right side out, shoved in the foam pad, and hand stitched the back closed.
To make the cushion more weather proof, I sprayed both sides liberally with Thompson’s Water Seal for Fabric. It makes any water just bead up and roll right off. So cool!
Then I just added my newly covered cushion, and she’s all ready to go. No hint of her former rusty old self in sight. 🙂
If you have rusty metal patio furniture, don’t toss it- just give it a new look with some primer and spray paint!!
Here are the supplies I used. I usually get the spray paint at Home Depot or Walmart, but the rusty metal primer is really hard to find in grey, at least in my area.