I’m excited to share my newest vintage makeover today! This one was 10 years in the making…can you believe it? That really just means that I procrastinated for 10 years on this project. So, right before Reid and I got married, my parents neighbors at the time gave us this vintage wrought iron patio set from the 1950’s. I just fell in love with the shape and lines of the set, but it was rusted and old with no top or seats.
It has been sitting in storage and been moved to 2 different homes over the past 10 years. I always had intentions of of doing something awesome with it, but never got around to it. Originally I was going to have some glass cut for the top and I think that is what hindered me from taking the plunge.
But my mom saw a wrought iron table somewhere with a wood planked top and gave me the idea of doing that instead! This seemed SO much more doable than going to the trouble of a glass top. We went for it and it looks awesome!
I love a little bit of a rusted look, but the set was way too rusted and I was worried about possible lead in the old paint that was flaking off. So, we took a wire brush and got to work getting of any large chunks of paint.
Then, we got a liquid de-ruster to treat the wrought iron. After it sets for a bit, you just rinse it off. It was amazing at how well it worked make that orange rust disappear.
We sprayed it with a anti rust primer and white outdoor rustoleam spray paint. The finish is definitely not perfectly smooth because there was so much rust and paint underneath. But, that’s ok. I figure over time it will wear a little and have that aged look without being crazy rusty like it was before.
Next, Reid cut some wood planks to size and we stained them with a walnut stain. We also treated it with an outdoor sealer to make it weather proof.
Reid cut some plywood for the seats and I found some clearance Target cushions for $9 each! The top fits perfectly I think it looks even better than a glass top would.
This is part of a whole patio and backyard overhaul/makeover. I have lots more projects in the making that I can’t wait t share. As you can see, the rest of the patio is in pretty sad shape. This vintage set is just the first installment.
But we love our little sitting area so far and can’t wait to spruce up the rest!