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