Friday, May 20, 2016

How to Refinish Wrought Iron Patio Furniture

Wrought iron patio furniture has a timeless style.... IF you maintain its finish. The good news is that it is super easy and inexpensive to refinish your wrought iron!  And if you are like me, refinishing is the perfect opportunity to add bright color to your backyard!

We have had our wrought iron furniture for 7+ years--all of which was in humid climates.  It has held up remarkably well, but the time had definitely come for a new coat of paint. 

All you need to make your wrought iron like new is: 
  • Wire brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Rust-resistant Spray Paint I used 7 cans to cover 1 large round table and 5 chairs. I bought mine at a local store for about $4/can.  I already had the other materials, so my entire cost was $30. Pretty awesome!
  • Old cloth rag or towel
  • Drop Cloths/ tarps/ or large sheets of paper 


1. Use the wire brush and sand paper to remove old flaky paint and rust from your furniture. The wire brush worked especially well on all the welded joints. The sandpaper was great on the flat surfaces. This will not only give your finished product a smooth finish, but it will ensure that the new paint sticks well. 

2. Using an old cloth rag, wipe down the furniture to remove dust. 

3. Lay out drop cloths. I have a ton of drafting paper, so I used sheets of that as my drop cloths. Place furniture on cloths.

4. Spray about 10-12 inches from the metal using short back and forth sweeps. Don't spend too much time in one area to avoid drips forming. Let dry according to directions on the can. 

My table top was easy to remove from the legs with a pair of pliers. Just 4 little hex nuts to take off. Be sure to allow plenty of room for over-spray when you lay out your drop cloths--especially if it's windy. 

Here are my legs all laid out. I painted one side in the morning and the other side in the afternoon. I did the same for my chairs--allowing 8-10 hrs before turning them. 
This also shows how dirty your wiping cloth will get. Be sure it's one you don't care about!

The paint I used mostly covered in one coat. I went back over it to do touch ups, but a full second coat wasn't required. 

I LOVE looking out my back window at bright colors! I have always loved color, but I think I crave it even more now that I live in the Pacific Northwest where it is so often cloudy!

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  1. That looks amazing - I love that you can make it look new again. Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty

  2. I don't know anybody that does at least have some of that wrought iron set (or a piece or two!) in their yard. Love this simple and fantastic makeover! I wanted to pop by from #FoodieFriDIY and let you know I'm sharing yours as a feature this week! Come back and link up again soon!!

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  4. I would like to use 2 colors black, and a dark green to make a verdigris look. Black first, and then the green and wipe it off?

  5. i HAVE A question! I have paint chipped off in numerous locations on my chairs and tables. How did you handle areas like this? Did you sand ALL the paint off, or did you just sand and smooth down??

    1. I just sanded enough to make it smooth.
      Happy painting!!

  6. Thanks Kelly! I have moved 3 times all with 3 different color schemes...used spray paint each time...saved us mucho bucks.Those wrought iron pieces can be very expensive.

  7. Can you please add a picture of how the hex nuts connect to the table? I can't put mine back together for the life of me. It has been through one rigged repair and I just knocked off all the rotten liquid nails. Thanks!

    1. I just took a picture and will add it shortly. 😊

    2. I put them at the end of this post. They aren't great shots, but it is sleeting here right now, so not ideal conditions! I hope they are helpful. Good luck!

  8. Thank goodness I found this! I have a full set of wrought iron patio furniture. I'm talking 4 chairs, round table, rocking bench and a small table/ottoman. They are in need of an update and I had no clue how to start. Now I can make them look new again!