OUT­DOOR DIY

With spray-paint and a bit of el­bow grease, old gar­den chairs and tables can look as good as new.

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Re­vive old wrought iron gar­den fur­ni­ture.

WROUGHT-IRON fur­ni­ture was big news in the 1960s and ’70s, and many beau­ti­ful pieces still sur­vive. With a lit­tle TLC, tired-look­ing fur­ni­ture can come up a treat and add a touch of ro­man­tic whimsy to your gar­den. Fol­low th­ese sim­ple steps.

STEP 1 Us­ing sand­pa­per, lightly rub back paint­work to re­move any dirt or flaky paint from your fur­ni­ture. Then, use a scrub­bing brush to re­move dust. (Re­mem­ber to wear gloves and a face mask as old paint can con­tain lead.)

STEP 2 On a grassy area out­doors, put down plenty of old news­pa­per to catch any paint over­spray. Wear­ing your face­mask, ap­ply an anti-rust epoxy enamel aerosol paint in a colour of your choice

(we chose a tra­di­tional cream), hold­ing the can about 20cm away from the item. Leave fur­ni­ture to dry overnight.

STEP 3 The next day, ap­ply a sec­ond coat of paint. When dry, sit back, re­lax and en­joy your new-look fur­ni­ture with a cup of tea – or a cheeky glass of wine!

TIP Search lo­cal auc­tions, eBay and recla­ma­tion yards for old wrought-iron fur­ni­ture to re­store.

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