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Dream It, Do It: How to Paint Wrought Iron

Use spray paint to give new life to your old wrought iron patio furniture.
How to Paint Wrought Iron - Sanding

Photo: Today's Momma

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I’ve had some rusty-looking wrought iron patio furniture staring at me from my backyard for years now. It came with the house. And it came from 1960-something. So unsurprisingly, it needed an update. My go-to tool for quick and inexpensive makeovers? Simple spray paint.

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How to Paint Wrought Iron

STEP 1: Sand

You need to make sure you give cast iron furniture (or cast iron anything) a light sanding before you put paint on it. You can use a sponge-block sanding pad.

STEP 2: Wash

My husband insisted that we didn’t need to spray the furniture down, but I didn’t want little dust flecks and spider webs sealed into my furniture, so I sprayed all of the chairs down with the hose, letting the furniture dry completely before applying primer.

STEP 3: Prime

We sprayed a light coating of primer on the chairs, since they were a bright red color that we wanted to hide completely.

STEP 4: Paint

In order to NOT spray paint our lawn a festival of colors (and to save our backs from hunching over), we put the chairs up on a sawhorse.

How to Paint Wrought Iron - Completed Chairs
Photo: Today’s Momma

Voila! Indeed, this is the first time in my life I have felt like a DIY Goddess. Bust out the spray paint and you can too!

Rachael Herrscher is the founder of, a comprehensive blog community for modern moms. A self-described “wannabe tech geek,” Rachel also founded the Evo Conference for women in social media.