Spray paint outdoor metal furniture with cans of spray paint made for outdoor use.
The metal glider color is giving me fits and I need your opinions. I also wanted to show you how the JTS raised the height of the glider seat. Those old chairs, benches, and gliders sit really low. Anyone ever notice that? About the glider color…..Did I paint the glider the right color? Should I paint it a second color and distress the paint? Should I leave it as is? Help!
This is the glider I bought for $25 at my favorite junk shop. I was going to leave it rusty but decided instead to paint it. Now I’m not sure and it’s too late.
The JTS worked on the glider with a steel brush and removed most of the loose paint. I did a go-over with sandpaper.
Now we’re looking at the bottom of the glider. This is where one of the color questions comes in. I believe the original color of the glider was yellow and I really like it. Maybe I should have went with yellow?
After removing the loose paint I sprayed the rusty areas with RustOleum Rust Reformer. I haven't used this product before but I'm assuming it does what it claims. Any of you tried the Rust Reformer?
Then I moved on to painting the glider. I tried brushing on a little paint and it didn’t cover well at all and left a ton of brush marks. I decided it would be a quick and easy job just to use spray paint for the makeover.
I went for the spray paint and selected a turquoise color and a yellow and sprayed the two colors on the bottom of the glider. Not liking either one. The turquoise was too blue and the yellow was too bright.
Next I grabbed the Krylon in Cherry Red. I love this color. I've used it before on furniture knobs and on the Little Tikes Playhouse Makeover where I painted the door knob cherry red.
I started spraying and kept spraying. I think I was on can 3 when I stopped. I found several ways to prop up the glider so I could paint all sides. Cardboard boxes come in handy for a lot of things.
Glider Color - Cherry Red
And this is what the glider looks like with the $5 cushions from Walmart. One problem I had when trying to find cushions was the bench cushions were too short and three of the seat cushions together were too long.
But guess what. I found out by accident if I turn the seat cushions where the ties are facing each other then the cushions fit perfectly. Who needs to tie those things on anyway. Too much trouble.
The paint covered the arms and supporting rails perfectly but not the body of the glider. You can see in this photo how the metal grids are discolored. I don’t know if that is because they are rougher than the other metal or what. It’s not as noticeable as it was when first painted. Not sure why that is.
Anyway, before moving on to how we raised the seat height of the glider what about the color? Should I have a similar red mixed in latex paint and use my paint sprayer to repaint the glider? Should I paint it mustard yellow? Should I paint it mustard yellow and distress to see the red underneath?
As I mentioned earlier the glider sits really low. We came up with a plan to raise it up just a bit. The JTS (aka Junktion Technical Specialist, aka Hubby) removed the glider foot/stand and cut a 2x4 just a tad longer than the foot.
We didn’t want the board to stick out too far and trip someone but we wanted it to be long enough for stability.
Next he screwed the 2x4 and the glider foot on to the glider. All done. The glider is more comfortable now and a lot prettier. The 2x4's on the feet made a big difference in leg room and the seat cushions are much more comfy than sitting on the hard metal.
You Can Spray Paint Outdoor Metal Furniture
This isn't the first piece of metal furniture I've painted. We have a few of those nice outdoor chairs that swivel but have mesh seats. I replaced those seats a few years ago and the fabric needed painting so I tried spray paint on those too and it worked! You can see how I painted the mesh outdoor chair here.
Have a great day! Kathy