Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wrought Iron Chairs...Before and After

Get a look at this.

Here's the story:

I was at a garage sale one day and found an amazing deal on a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer so I phoned my Mom because I knew my Dad had been wanting one.  My Mom said to get it so I did.  The lady having the garage sale was quite elderly and was disappointed I was buying the mixer but nothing else.  She said the mixer wasn't even hers; it was her friend's. 

She proceeded to try and sell me everything under the sun including two wrought iron chairs with the cushions.  Both the chairs and the cushions had seen better days and I could just hear my husband's reaction to me bringing these home. 

I am quite the wheeler-dealer but it was clear to me that I was out-sold on this day.  I was having an out-of-body-experience watching myself load these two chairs into the back of my SUV.  The chairs don't even match but the elderly lady pulled the "I'm to old to care for wrought iron" card.

The cushions of the chairs were so bad they went directly into the trash.  Here is another shot of one of the chairs "before" I did anything to it.

Here is what I used. 

I used more than one can of white spray paint as we had quite the collection of spray paint going on.  Needless to say, my husband was happy to see I was using what we had.

Here's one of the chairs finished.

I scored the cushion for $3.99 at Sally Ann's, a.k.a. Salvation Army.

I brushed/scrubbed down the wrought iron with the wire brush.  This chair is the one that was in the worst shape.  It really had the rust going on, but after a lot of elbow grease and about 4-5 cans of spray paint here she is.

I'm not that excited to start on the other one, but at least it will consist mostly of spray painting as the rust on it is minimal.  For now you can find me sitting in my new favorite chair.

I want to leave you with a couple of pictures that just say spring.

How cool is this???  A Robin built her nest on the top of a pine cone wreath I made.  I have it hanging on the garage.

It's definitely spring in Michigan.....finally.

Have a great week!


I'm partying at these places.



  1. I think she turned out very nice!!! That elderly lady was certainly doing Rob a favor! hee hee

    Love the robin eggs!!!!!

  2. Wow, your projects are fabulous!

    Momo sent me, and I am now a follower.


  3. Awww, you did a nice thing for an old lady. That chair looks great after all your hard work.

  4. Love that chair! Excellent job!

  5. Yes hon the chair looks great especially the price of your cushion

  6. Great job!!! Look at my metal chair redo here...

    Hi, Im Meme from Screaming Meme...I want to personally invite you to come visit my blog and sign up for my Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway! If you are on the link above, hit the home button by my header to get back to the newest post about the giveaway! I hope to see you there! Now, I am off to read some of your lovely blog!

  7. You crack me up! Only you could see the beauty in what most would see junk. Fabulous chairs, maybe this summer we could have beers on them! whatcha think?

  8. Hi Kaye, great finds! I love old outdoor chairs. Love that bird nest on your wreath. Nature is so inspiring. I always get a sense of calmness and awe when I see a bird in the birdbath, doves on the patio or our wild white bunny eating grass in the garden.
    Have a great day!
    ~ Julie