5 Tips to Rehab Old Metal Chairs

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There are so many great up-cycling and refurbishing ideas to recycle your old household items and make them brand new.  This is such a fun crafty thing to do to resurrect old chairs and you can DIY super easy!   I have a few metal chairs that I am painting to bring them back to life.  Here is how it is done.

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18 comments for “5 Tips to Rehab Old Metal Chairs

  1. Mark Schmitz
    April 16, 2013 at

    I have a comment for step 3. Please do not use water to clean bare metal. You can use forced air to clean the dust or a tack cloth. The introduction of water will start the rust process again.

  2. April 19, 2013 at

    Thanks for this post. I’m currently looking for old metal chairs that I can paint for my upcoming patio project. I’ll be saving this post to my favorites. :-)

    • Melanie
      April 26, 2013 at

      I am painting my patio chairs this weekend. I can’t wait. Good luck on your project! I would love to see or feature your project when you get it done. Email me pictures if you are interested:)

  3. Nancy
    May 15, 2013 at

    I’m working on an antique Jungle Gym this weekend so glad to come across this information.

  4. jennifer
    May 15, 2013 at

    Please be mindful of painting old things. Painted items predating the early 1980’s likely contain lead which is a serious toxin. Items from China more than few years old may contain lead and many items from Mexico still do. Paint away! Just protect yourself, keep kids away and thoroughly clean up. Happy crafting. :)

  5. Vicki
    May 20, 2013 at

    What kind of paint do you use? I am so glad I came across this, I love dyi projects and have 3 of these chairs out back that I will be painting soon! Thanks

  6. Beth
    May 21, 2013 at

    So happy I came across this, I have an old card table that I saved from my parents garage. It is super sturdy but the legs have surface rust and the top is very dated (think red vinyl with gold studs) . I knew how to do this but I am teaching my Girl Scouts how to reuse older items and you broke this down wonderfully. Now we just need to find the perfect material for the cover so we can get this started.

  7. fran
    May 28, 2013 at

    I love this style of chairs. These chairs remind me of summers at my grandparents. A better option is for a longer lasting finish is to have your chairs powder coated. The chairs should be sand blasted which provides a better cleanning than sanding. The power coating shot can offer youa wide range of colors and even beautiful texture options. The power coating is actually baked on. Your chairs will look like new.

  8. Lisa
    May 28, 2013 at

    I bought 2 chairs and a glider just like the ones you have pictured to redo for my front porch. I began sanding and de-rusting them last fall. These are the exact steps I was told to do when getting them ready to paint. I am anxious to get them finished and have them sitting on my porch with a beautiful flower or beach scene painted on them.

  9. Barbara
    June 27, 2013 at

    I have 5 of these metal chairs. We wiped them down with a tack cloth or if we felt lazy that day we use forced air. Make sure the temp is below 90 so the paint doesn’t dry to fast. We used auto primer – found in the automotive section at Wal-Mart, to prime our chairs. We’ve used this process on all things we transform. Definately have fun with the colors.

  10. glenda
    July 29, 2013 at

    What color would be prettiest..? I like Lisas idea to paint a scene on them……. I am kind of artistic ……what color would be best for background if I do a floral? Thx.

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