How to Spray Paint Patio Furniture like a Pro for less than $50

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set for less than $50!

Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to spray paint patio furniture that will last & make it look new again including how many cans of paint you need to buy…

With no money in our budget for new outdoor furniture we had to be creative with what we already had.

All our vintage wrought iron patio furniture needed was a little refresh with spray paint.

Outdoor Patio furniture can look like new again with just a few cans of spray paint patio furniture for less than $50.

How to Spray Paint Patio Furniture like a Pro

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Sharing all the tips & tricks for how to spray paint patio furniture that will last & make it look new again including how many cans of paint you need to buy for less than $50 #spraypaint #paintedfurniture #thrifydecor

Supplies & Tools Needed to Spray Paint Patio Furniture that is Made of Metal

  • An Old Wrought Iron or Metal Patio Set
  • A Wire Brush or Power Washer to Get the Old Paint off
  • 7 Cans of the Best Quality Outdoor Spray Paint for a 5 Piece Patio Set similar to Ours
  • A Drop cloth or Old Sheet to Place Under whatever you are spray painting

Wrought Iron Patio Furniture Before

Would you believe my neighbor asked me to help her put this patio set in the trash?!!!

I was more than happy to bring it home with me. 

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - vintage patio set before
Patio Set Before

For the last two years, I have been playing music chairs with this metal patio furniture moving it to about 10 different spots in our yard. 

Now that our brick patio is almost done I knew exactly where we could put it 🙂  

Over time, the white enamel paint that was covering our wrought iron patio furniture had started to rust and peel it’s paint. 

I also didn’t love how much the white paint of this outdoor patio furniture stood out when it was in the yard. 

It drew your eye to the imperfections of the furniture, not to the nature around it. 

I wanted to paint the set a color that would blend in more with the landscape of our property.

How many Cans of the Best Spray Paint you Need to Spray Paint Patio Furniture that is Metal

We were so happy with how our dining room chandelier turned out that I wanted to paint our vintage wrought iron patio furniture the same color, (Rust-Oleum 249131 11 oz Universal All Surface Spray Paint, Oil Rubbed Bronze Metallic).

This metallic spray paint is perfect to use to spray paint wrought iron patio furniture!

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - oil rubbed bronze spray paint

I originally bought 4 cans of spray paint thinking that would be enough but had to go back to Lowes for 3 more :).  In total I used 6 1/2 cans.

Instructions for How to Spray Paint Patio Furniture

Prepping your Metal Patio Furniture before Spray Painting

Don’t forget to prep your metal patio furniture by removing peeling paint & dirt before you spray paint patio furniture.

A wire brush works well.

A strong power washer would also do a great job to clean off your outdoor metal furniture set.

I sanded off the peeling paint and rust as best as I could with a wire brush similar to this one, Purdy 140910200 Premium Wire Brush, 14 inch.

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - using a wire brush to remove chipping paint

Now it’s time to Spray Paint Outdoor Furniture

After every piece of your outdoor metal or wrought iron patio furniture is clean & free of dirt, dust & peeling paint you are ready to spray paint patio furniture.

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - spraying chair with oil rubbed bronze paint

After laying down an old sheet I started spray painting each piece of wrought iron patio furniture one at a time. 

The sheet was definitely not big enough & I wound up spray painting most of the floor on Jason’s side of our garage. Whoops! 🙂

Spray Paint Patio Furniture

The spray paint dries really quickly and I was able to bring the newly spray painted vintage wrought iron patio furniture up to our brick patio in just a few hours.

Spray Paint Patio Furniture - Brick Patio

Since there is no room in our budget for outdoor furniture this year, I love that I was able to remake this metal patio furniture in just a few hours for under $50!

Now we have a spot to eat or play cards.

Can you believe how easy it was to spray paint patio furniture to make it look fabulous!

I hope to find an umbrella for the spray paint patio furniture wrought iron table soon.

It will be so nice to have a shady spot to sit on our new spray painted patio furniture until the trees completely shade the brick patio.

Spray Paint Patio Furniture

We are so close to being done this HUGE patio makeover I can hardly wait to share the whole reveal with you guys!

Spray Paint Patio Furniture

Thanks so much for stopping by to check out how to spray paint patio furniture!

I hope my post answers any questions you have on how to spray paint outdoor furniture & inspires you to give your old metal patio furniture a refresh with spray paint.

Let me know if you have any tips or tricks of how you spray paint patio furniture, I did not mention!

by Tara Lehman

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With no money in the budget for outdoor furniture we had to get creative with what we already had. Stop by to see how we transformed our trash picked vintage patio set for less than $50! #furntiureredo #upcycle #patioset #spraypaint #backyardpatio #gardenroom

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  1. The spray painted furniture looks great! I love spray paint! The item goes from ugly duckling —>swan!

    1. Excellent job you did. We have the same table and chairs. When I bought ours it was a deep green. I kept it the same. Enjoy. Love your patio

      1. Thanks so much for stopping by to see tips for how to spray paint patio furniture Sharon & so fun that we have the same patio set!

    1. Ha, thanks so much for checking out my patio set Lisa! I don’t think my neighbor would even be able to recognize it anymore :).

  2. Hi Tara, I love the transformation! I did that last year to some pieces out back and wow, it’s like getting brand new again! Love the black too! Looks so chic!

  3. You mention that it’s not in the budget this year to buy any new patio furniture. Refinishing what you have is way more fun and satisfying, even if you can afford to buy what you want. One less thing (or 5, counting your chairs!) in the landfill. And your project looks as good as new. Congratulations on a job well done.

  4. I love the color choice. When I first read it I was expecting some bold color which I am not into. But I also questioned your color choice. Just never thought of it. But seeing it done I now know what to do with my set. And I didn’t even think until I saw your set done that is the color of our new set that I will have on the same deck. So thanks for opening my eyes.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind comments & for stopping by to check out how I changed up our patio furniture with spray paint Jamie!

  5. Love this! I have a faded black set and have been thinking about doing the same thing, but could not decide on the color. Now I have a color and know how much paint to buy. Thanks so much!

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments & for stopping by to check out my post about how to spray paint patio furniture Beth! Good luck spray painting your set 🙂

  6. Hi there! Can I ask how well the spray paint held up now that this was a few years ago? Debating doing this to our patio furniture but afraid of peeling paint! Thank you!!

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my post about how to spray paint patio furniture Amanda! We got about 3 good years out of the spray paint before it started to need to be painted again. However, I kept our table & chairs outside all year round through the hot summers & cold winters we have without a cover. I suspect had I covered it or brought it in our garage the paint would have lasted a lot longer. 🙂

  7. Hi there! I came across this post because I googled “wrought iron furniture with three roses.” I have the same chairs and I’m curious about the manufacturer. Do you have any idea who made them? They look like Woodard, but I haven’t seen an old Woodard pattern that matches this. In any case, they’re wonderful chairs, and I’m so happy you rescued them. They look wonderful! I’m painting mine right now =). Thank you.

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by to check out my post on how to spray paint patio furniture Sharon! I have been told my patio set is the rose garden pattern by Woodard. Good luck painting yours!

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