I took a junk pile of patio dining furniture and refinished it to match.
Once Spring rolled around, I started hunting the local online classifieds for patio furniture. I missed some sweet deals, but ended up snagging these 4 metal chairs and glass top table for only $25.00! That's only $5.00 per piece--which is what I reminded my husband when he went to help me buy "more junk". I also reminded him how much he will love this crap once I'm finished with it.
He thought the table was too rusted to be worth refinishing.
There was a lot of rust damage. To paint the table, we had to remove the legs from the glass top and the bolts were rusted so badly, Rhett ended up just sawing through them with a hack saw.
So once the table was taken apart, I scrubbed each piece with a wire brush to remove as much rust as I could and any chipping paint, then washed them with soapy water.
From here I primed them with Rustoleum metal rust prevention spray primer.
Then I sprayed it with 2 coats of Krylon gloss spray paint in Classic Gray.
I went back and forth on the color for a while, since these have been sitting in my garage for almost 2 months before I touched them. I debated going with neutrals like white or black, or having fun with a bright turquoise or something.
But in the end I chose gray for the set, still a neutral, but still a little different. This set is going on our back porch under the shade sails,so I thought gray would go well with the bright yellow house.
The four chairs had been repainted, I'm guessing with a latex paint and the previous owners didn't prime them, because paint had chipped off everywhere, and many areas were also rusted.
The 4 chairs got the same primer and gray spray paint treatment. I learned I dislike scraping paint with a wire brush almost as much as I hate sanding wood.
So in the end, I ended up spending more money on spray paint than I did the actual furniture, but I feel like it was worth it. I saw the same metal chairs at Lowes for $50.00 each, so still a smoking deal to buy junk and fix it up in my eyes.
Especially now the table matches the chairs so it kind of looks like they belong in a set.