That rusty, chippy, piece of outdoor metal furniture that makes you cringe and consider throwing it out to the curb with a “free” sign? (Or maybe you’re lucky enough to score such a piece off the curb!) Let’s give it new life with a little love and elbow grease. I’ll show you how…but first…
Apparently there’s a secret to getting through the teen years and keeping your finger on the “pulse” of all the things happening with your kids – and the deep, inner workings of their hearts and minds.
It involves a porch.
Late at night.
And only the soft glow of a streetlight outside – which casts comforting shadows…apparently making the average teen feel safe to spill their many thoughts and share all the stuff that’s going on in their lives. The stuff you want to know, but don’t dare ask….because if you ask in the light of day, you’ll likely not get legit answer.
At least, that’s what my sweet Mom told me when she gave me this vintage metal glider.
Now, to be fair, my oldest is only 14 now, so I cannot vouch that this works for every teen, in every year of their teen lives….but if my Momma said it, you can bet your bottom dollar, I’m going to give it a try. Apparently it worked like a charm for my brothers and I, when we were growing up. 🙂
So this….THIS piece is the “Confessional” of our growing up years. I’m so happy to introduce her to you.
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Meet “The Confessional” and Keeper of Secrets
This old metal glider had seen better days. It was a permanent fixture on our back porch for almost all our growing up years; it holds many fond memories for me, and now that it graces our back porch, I want it to last for many more years.
Here she is, in her rusty, chippy state. Time for a makeover, yes? I mean, I love some rusty, chippy goodness as much as the next person, but there is a point when it’s time for a refresh. Especially for something like this that we use every day when the weather is nice.
Here she is, with her cushions removed.
Pretty sad, right?
How to Paint Outdoor Metal Furniture
Prep – tedious but necessary
Prep is my least favorite part of any project, but I’ve screwed up enough times (by skipping it) to know that it is NECESSARY.
First, remove as much chipping, flaking paint as you can with a heavy duty wire brush.
If you’ve got helpers around, they might enjoy this part, too. Scraping chippy paint off old outdoor metal furniture? FUN! 😀
If you’ve got a pressure washer, this is a great time to use it. It will do a great job thoroughly cleaning and removing any old paint you may have missed with the wire brush. Mr. 1915 did this part for me…I’m so spoiled, I know. 😉
Let dry. (We let it dry overnight, but use your best judgement here.)
Time to Prime!
Set up your HomeRight large spray shelter (yes, this tool is a game changer. I don’t know what I did without it for all these years).
Make sure you get a good primer that is intended for outdoor metal furniture. I chose this self-etching primer and it did a great job. Two cans gave me great coverage and got into all the nooks and crannies of this glider. We let it sit overnight, then it was time for the fun stuff.
Introducing the HomeRight Finish Max Extra
I was SO EXCITED to use my brand new Finish Max Extra. You know how much I love my “regular” FinishMax, so what makes this one so special? I’m glad you asked! 😀 Many reasons, but the biggest one is narrowed down to two words….
With the Finish Max Extra, you don’t have to thin your paint (unless you’ve got some crazy-thick, old paint…but that’s another whole post in itself).
I admit, I was really skeptical. I kept asking questions about it – mainly…”for REAL no thinning?? Are you SURE no thinning?” LOL! and I’m thrilled to tell you…for REAL – NO THINNING.
I literally opened my can of brand new paint and poured it in! This saved me so. much. time.
Now, thinning paint is NOT “hard” by any stretch of the imagination, but it *can* be a little time consuming.So when I find a sprayer in which I can literally 'dump and go'??? You bet I'm going to shout it's goodness from the mountaintops!Click To Tweet
More to love…
- the new paint container capacity is a whopping 52 oz. – holding 20 oz. MORE than the original Finish Max – which means less time stopping to refill. Which means your projects get done even faster. Score.
- it’s now easier to control your paint flow with a simple +/- dial at your fingertips. No need to stop your spray to adjust the paint flow.
- the new pickup tube and cup vent is ONE piece. Again, HomeRight has made it easier to insert and remove this piece – no more picking the cup vent out with your fingernails. 😉
- the new Finish Max Extra now comes with three different spray tips for all projects and coatings. And there are three additional (different) tips available to purchase if you need them. I used the green tip that was included for this project.
- and – AND – it comes with a lid for your paint container! If you need to wait a while before your second coat but don’t want to start aaall the way back at square one? No worries! Slap the lid on your paint container and it’ll be ready when you are.
The Finish Max Extra was a breeze to use. The paint went on so nicely, I didn’t even need to do a second coat. Just a couple touch ups on a few areas I missed on the first pass. I’m guessing since the paint wasn’t thinned, it covered that much better. I am completely sold on this sprayer and it’ll now be my go-to for all my many DIY projects.
Here’s my BIG QUESTION for you:
The cushions on this glider – they’re pretty worn on the edges (and the outdoor fabric is quite dated). Should I paint them? or just cover them with drop cloth?
I painted the fabric on this chair here, but the fabric on these glider cushions is heavy duty outdoor fabric. Hmmm…
Buying new ones is out of the question since these are oddly sized. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Our family “Confessional” has a great new look and I hope she lasts me through all my boys’ teen years.
I’ll let you know in about 10 years if it really works. 😀
Do you have a “confessional” spot where your kids tell you all their secrets and deepest, darkest thoughts? You know where mine is…