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Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to Restore Outdoor Metal Furniture

outdoor chairs and table edge
Two of my chairs and table edge looking like new

I really can’t remember how long that we have had our outdoor dining set, it has to be at least ten years old.

The table is a glass top with a trimmed metal edge, and the chairs are cloth seats with metal frames. Over the years the weather and wear and tear has taken its toll on our outdoor furniture.

At the end of last summer season, I had all intentions of getting rid of it and buying a new set. After pulling it out the other day and taking a look at it I decided that I could restore this and make it look like new again. 

There was some rust on the tables edge and some rust on the chair legs. With a few easy steps and about four hours of my time I have it looking like new.

Here is what I did:

  • I used my wire brush to remove all of the rust from the tables edge and the chair legs.
  • Then I masked off the table with 2” masking tape and newspaper covering the glass top completely on both the top and bottom.
  • I did the same for the four chairs covering all of the cloth with newspaper.

I am happy with the outcome of this project, I think my outdoor dining set will go on for another few years.

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  1. What a great restoration project! I love the idea of making the old look new and spending very little money to do so. We were just talking about doing the same thing to our outdoor table & chairs. Now I know what product to buy! Thank you!!!

    1. It was a pretty easy project the set does look like new. I kind of like taking on projects like this. It sure beats spending a lot of money on a new one. Thanks Cynthia, I hope hope your project works out just as well.

  2. Thanks for the tips. My outdoor chairs can use some updating. The seat part is fine, just need to do the metal parts.

    1. Hi Cheryl, I hope your project goes well, Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. They turned out great! Nice job.

    1. Hi Dawn, They are like new!! Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!!

  4. Good job. Goes along with the New England saying my grandmother instilled in all of us -- "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without". By 'updating, you are making your patio set last.

  5. Hi Pat, Your grandmother was a very smart lady. Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :)


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