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Before and After: A Little Paint Transforms These Lawn Chairs

Su Casa member NdChristine sanded, primed, and painted her three 1950s-era lawn chairs. Here's what she started out with:

To see the chairs after she worked her magic,


Nice work! I love the tomato-red shade that NdChristine chose — it looks amazing against the green grass. I covet this type of lawn chair, and am impressed with the simple transformation a little paint (and elbow grease) made to them. Have you made any small changes? Share them in my Su Casa group!

amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
Wow, to me those chairs looked like garbage but they look awesome with a new paint job! Good work
shellbelle1 shellbelle1 9 years
lukal lukal 9 years
What a nice set you ended up with. Nice job!
ndchristine ndchristine 9 years
Hello! Hahaha...ditto bhilb...make sure they are still sturdy! It took me two months of searching until I found these three, which were all still structurally sounds. To answer questions: I first used a wire brush to take off the larger flakes, then used sand paper to take the rest off. I then primed them with some Rustoleum. I used some random red paint from Lowes - didn't feel like buying anything expensive since I wasn't sure what the result would be! The supplies actually cost much more than the chairs did... I found the first two at "the cottage" - a store in Leesburg, VA. I spotted the black one outside another small local shop. Apparently, the shopkeeper's friend had just dropped it off and she wasn't sure what she was going to do with it, so she told me I coul dhave it for a $15 donation to Breast Cancer Research. thanks for all the compliments!
bhilb bhilb 9 years
These look great. Funny story, though: my dad had some chairs exactly like these (they were at least 30 years old-probably older). A couple of years ago I went to recline poolside in one of them and the rusted curve of the legs gave out with my weight and I went flying backwards. Lesson to all: make sure the metal legs of chairs isn't rusted before you sit in it!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Very nice!
Anna-Attention Anna-Attention 9 years
I'd really like to know how she did it: what kind of paint? An electric sander or by hand?
SweetnLow SweetnLow 9 years
Those are great! Between this and the recycled patio from yesterday, I'm feeling very inspired to hit the thrift store to find some outdoor furniture for my new deck! :D
lily8206 lily8206 9 years
Wow, they look great!
hottpink hottpink 9 years
Wow, those look fab!! Where did you find those chairs?
katarzina katarzina 9 years
Looks great, what were the steps? Just cleaning then paint?
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
sofi sofi 9 years
nice chairs and great job!
hswany19 hswany19 9 years
So neat! Nice find and great re-do!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
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