Here’s how to paint Rusty Outdoor Furniture. Save it from the junk yard and make it beautiful again!
This little picnic table is so sweet. Who wouldn’t want to save it? Especially when it is so much easier than you’d think to repair and paint rusty outdoor furniture. This table had been rusting away at my Grandma’s house for years. My dad thought it was beyond rescue. So, he added it to his scrap heap. But, I spotted it on a recent visit and realized I could save it pretty easily.
I had just a few days and limited tools, but it was still a quick and easy job. So, don’t worry, you can do it too. Everything you’ll need can be found online or at your local hardware store. And the hardest part is scrubbing all of that rust away. But a little scrubbing isn’t too bad, right. Totally worth it when you see your new and improved metal patio furniture. So, let’s get to it!
Cost to Repair and Paint Rusty Outdoor Furniture
This little table was rescued for about $30. I’d imagine a full-sized table or larger piece of outdoor furniture can be rescued for about $50 or $60. So much better than buying new furniture!
How Long Will this DIY Take?
This update can be easily done in a weekend, including dry time for paint and poly.
- For Metal Repair and Paint
- For Wood Repair and Finish
- Wood, cut to size of old wood
- Drill, sander with 120-grit sandpaper, and possibly a saw
- Minwax’s Helmsman Spar Urethane, Clear Satin
Steps to Clean and Paint Metal Patio Furniture
Remove and discard the old wood. If the old screws or bolts are rusted too much, you may need to cut them off with an appropriate saw and blade.
Grab that stiff brush and bucket of soapy water (Dawn works fine) and scrub every inch of that metal. Remove as much rust as possible. Especially the loose and flaky bits. Rinse clean.
If you have holes in the metal to repair, use something like Bondo. It dries very hard and is used by mechanics in auto repair. I didn’t need it this time.
Optional: If you want the metal to look smooth again, you can use a wire wheel on a drill OR an angle grinder to smooth the rusted metal.
Paint rusty outdoor furniture time! Completely spray the frame with the Rust-oleum Rusty Metal Primer. Then use the Paint & Primer in One Rust-oleum to give your furniture a new look. I used 4 or 5 cans total. Be sure to follow instructions and drying guidelines for the spray.
Need to Repair Wood on Outdoor Tables Too?
Cut your wood to match the length of the old boards. You can always ask your local Home Depot or Lowe’s to cut it for you, if they offer that service. I normally would have used Pressure Treated Lumber. But my dad grabbed normal interior Common Board for this table.
Sand the boards on all sides with 120-grit sandpaper. Drill holes for the new bolts. Use the frame or old boards as a guide for placement. Make sure to remember where each board goes. The holes may not line up to each spot.
Since I was using Common or Whiteboard outside, I was sure to apply 4 good coats of a strong exterior urethane. I’ve used this urethane on lots of outdoor projects, like my DIY Backyard Bench. And it holds up really well in this killer Texas sun.
Attach the boards with the new hardware and you’re good to go.
That’s it! That’s how easy it is to repair and paint rusty outdoor furniture!
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Feeling inspired? Now you know how to paint rusty outdoor furniture or patio furniture. Have fun and let me know if you have questions. Or post pictures of your work and tag Abbotts At Home on FB, I’d love to see it!