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How to Restore Metal Outdoor Furniture (So It’s Better Than New!)


Easy Patio Furniture Refinishing on a Budget

Is your patio furniture dull, depressing, and worn out? This tutorial will show you how to restore metal outdoor furniture so it looks better than new without spending a lot!

No matter where you live, daily weather conditions can take a serious toll on your outdoor patio furniture. Before you know it, that pristine metal furniture you paid an arm and a leg for can look so drab and depressing, you’ll want to take it out to the curb.

outdoor chaise lounge in need of spray paint

Fortunately, with a few cans of spray paint and the right tips, you can upgrade your existing patio furniture so it looks better than new.

You be the judge if this makeover really transforms these chaise lounges back to new!


  • How to restore patio furniture in a day
  • Why patio furniture refinishing should only be done with spray paint
  • Easy tips to restore aluminum patio furniture so it looks better than the day you bought it
  • Why shame is such a paralyzing force in this week’s Renovate Your Faith devotional at the end of this post
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How to Paint Metal Patio Furniture

Spray paint is really the best option for painting metal outdoor furniture. It’s reasonably cheap, goes on super smooth, it’s fast and it provides a durable finish for years to come!

If you are thinking about having a professional powder coat your old furniture, I encourage you to give spray painting a try.

Once I had a piece of furniture “professionally refinished” only to find out he used Rustoleum oil-based paint in a can in a paint sprayer. Essentially it was spray painted. The brands of spray paint I use will give you the same durability as powder coating but without the high cost.


☑️  Spray painting is simple and easy when you know a few hacks to get a perfect finish every time. To get my FREE checklist, click this link here: My Best Spray Painting Hacks

My Sad Aluminum Chaise Lounges In Need of A Makeover

I found these chaise lounges on Facebook Marketplace for $50 total. They aren’t much to look at but I could tell they were in structurally good shape.

I had a feeling that they were initially high-end chaise lounges that has just been out in the Texas sun for a long time. What these pieces needed most was a new coat of paint to give them new life!

chaise lounges before restoring with spray paint
chaise lounges in need of restoration
outdated chaise lounge before spray painting

Fortunately, my hunch was right and I was able to track them down online. With a quick Google search, I found out that these chaise lounges came from Home Styles for $899.99.

home styles chaise lounge
Credit: Home Styles Chaise Lounge

Let’s see if I can get my $50 chaises back to their original state with a little spray paint and some new cushions!

How to Paint Metal Patio Furniture with a Brush

If you are considering painting metal patio furniture with a brush, think again. Painting detailed metal with a brush would be like trying to eat ice cream with a fork. A brush has its purpose in painting furniture but not for painting outdoor furniture.

Using a brush on metal furniture is so frustrating because it’s a recipe for drips as a brush will easily accumulate too much paint on intricate, smooth metal surfaces.

How to Restore Powder-Coated Patio Furniture

If your outdoor metal furniture was initially powder-coated, it doesn’t need powder-coating again to fix the damage. Oil-based spray paint will sufficiently seal worn powder-coated surfaces for a fraction of the cost

Supplies Needed: How to Restore Metal Patio Furniture

Spray Paint – See my Favorite Products Link for my favorite fail-proof brands.

Krud Kutter Cleaner for Outdoor Furniture

Tack Cloth or Old Rag

Wire Brush

Electric Sander – Click here for my favorite sander and you can see where I tested sanders here.

120 Grit Sandpaper Pads

Plastic Sheeting or Drop Cloth


Optional – Use Painter’s Tape or Masking Tape to mask off any areas that don’t need paint.  You can get it cheap at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

PRO TIP: Use soup cans to elevate your project off the ground.  You can also use the tops of your spray paint cans.  I use a few 5-gallon buckets for this project

My Best Spray Painting Tips & Tricks:  The free printables are available in the resource library.  Get access to it and all my other free printables, templates, and wall art by filling out the short form at the bottom of this post or go here:  My Best Tips for Spray Painting Furniture

What is the Best Paint to Restore Outdoor Metal Furniture?

Metal garden furniture has to endure the daily effects of direct sunlight and constant temperature fluctuations. For that reason, you need a really durable paint for patio furniture. I wholeheartedly recommend Rustoleum Universal Metallics so much so that I don’t bother with a primer.

However, if the Universal Metallics line doesn’t have the color you need, I like to use Rustoleum Ultra Cover which comes in numerous shades and sheens. My favorite primer is Rustoleum Bonding Primer. You can’t go wrong with any of these products.

supplies to restore metal outdoor furniture
Click HERE to see My Patio Table Transformation

How to Restore Patio Furniture Easily

This tutorial works on any kind of metal project whether it’s aluminum furniture, cast iron furniture, or wrought iron patio furniture! You can see the same process in video form when I refinished my outdoor dining table and metal chairs.

If the video doesn’t pop up on its own, you can also find it on my YouTube channel here: Easy Patio Furniture Refinishing

Step 1: How To Clean Patio Furniture

While tempting to skip, cleaning is an important step that will give you the best results possible. I like to use Krud Kutter for Tough Tasks (you can find it here) to clean my patio furniture before spray painting.

Removing dirt and mold with Krud Kutter will help to ensure that the paint adheres well to the bare metal.

cleaning metal outdoor furniture before spray painting

You can also use white vinegar mixed with warm water in a spray bottle or a pressure washer but I feel like Krud Kutter is the best bet to remove grime and mold.


So many of my restoration projects remind me of God’s capacity to transform our brokenness and restore our hearts.  If you are a work-in-progress, just like me, check out the Renovate Your Faith Devotional at the bottom of each DIY and home décor post.  Click here to get a weekly email of new posts.


Step 2: Lightly Sand Your Metal Patio Furniture

The next step is to remove any loose paint that is actively peeling or in the process of falling off. You are not sanding to remove all the old paint, just paint flakes that are loose.

My electric sander makes this step quick and easy and you can find further information on my favorite low-cost sander here: Black and Decker Sander

Run the electric sander with a fine sandpaper pad on the surface in a circular motion. If you don’t have a sander, you can use a little elbow grease and fine-grit sandpaper or a wire brush. Pay special attention to rusty areas.

sanding metal outdoor furniture with electric sander

If you use a wire brush, go over the whole surface in a circular motion.

wire brush on aluminum furniture

You can also remove flaking paint with a putty knife or paint scraper if that’s easier.

scraping paint of metal outdoor furniture

Step 3: Prep Your Spray Paint Area

The first step of spray painting is to prep your work area. Spray paint is only for outdoor use so spray in a well-ventilated area. If you spray during a hot summer, make sure to spray in the shade like I’m doing here under a tree.

An important part to getting a good finish is spraying the bottom of the piece first. Then, flip it to spray the top last. This way if you get fingerprints in the finish, they will be on the bottom where no one sees anyway.

spray paint the bottom of furniture first

A Note About Using A Primer:

The spray paint I’m using for this project is Rustoleum Universal Metallics and because it’s such a good spray paint, I don’t worry about using a metal primer, especially if the piece is in good condition.

For my patio table and chairs, I used a rust-resistant primer because the color of spray paint I wanted to use didn’t come in the Rustoleum Universal Metallics line. Also, since the table was not in good shape, as it had a lot of rust damage, I felt like spraying on a primer was a needed step.

If you go with a primer, I recommend this metal primer as it works really well for rust-damaged outdoor furniture. I recommend getting a primer color close to your final finish color. For example, for metal garden furniture I want to spray a lighter color, I like to use a white primer. For darker colors, I use a dark gray primer.

Step 4: How to Restore Patio Furniture With Spray Paint

Spray paint is one of the cheapest ways to transform furniture. Not only does it give you the best finish but it gives the entire piece a preventative finish against rust and other types of corrosion.

The secret to the best finish painting with painting metal or plastic furniture is to use light coats. You can see this best in the video but start by shaking the can for about a minute before spraying.

Your first coat will be very thin and won’t be anywhere close to giving you full coverage. That’s what you want because spraying in several thin coats is your best insurance policy against drips. Try to spray in an even, consistent spray pattern.

After the first coat, wait 15-30 minutes before the second light coat. Keep taking a 15-30 minute break in between each layer of paint. This project took me about three coats of spray paint to get full coverage. That might be more or less for your furniture depending on the color of the furniture and spray paint.

spray paint the bottom of furniture first

Do the thin coats on the bottom, waiting 15-30 minutes in between. Then flip it over to do the same to the top surface.

spray paint furniture close up

Here is how the chaise lounges look after their final coat of spray paint.

spray painted chaise lounges

How to Fix Drips on Metal Outdoor Furniture

Rustoleum Universal Metallics spray paint is SO user-friendly and I rarely have trouble with drips but here are some tips to remove drips before they form.

bubbles collecting on furniture from too much spray paint

If while you are spraying you see an area with tiny bubbles, that means there is too much paint in that area and it will probably turn into a drip. Right after you spray that area and notice the little bubbles, swipe off the excess paint with a gloved finger as you can see in the video. Again, you have to catch these bubbles right after you spray that area.

how to remove drips after spray painting

Once you wipe over that area with your finger, wait 15-30 minutes and just spray it as normal on the next coat

Step 5: Add new Cushions to Your Outdoor Furniture

Apparently, chaise lounge cushions can be pretty pricey but I found some reasonably priced at Lowe’s here: Chaise Lounge Cushions

I’m so happy with how they turned out! What do you think? Do they look like they did originally?

chaise lounges after being spray painted

It’s amazing the change that a little spray paint and some new cushions can make!

spray painted metal outdoor furniture reveal
close up of spray painted shaise lounge with rug
two chaise lounges and gorgeous dog


More than a few times, I have mentioned that the closest thing to a magic wand is a can of spray paint.  But in reality,  that’s only partially true. 

If you have been around this blog for any amount of time, you know that I like to compare our lives to DIY projects where God can turn our brokenness into something beautiful and beneficial. 

But I think there’s a major way that my analogy breaks down. In most DIY projects, I am covering up flaws.  Even if I fill a hole in a wood tabletop, the hole is still there.  Even when I spray paint metal furniture, the rust is still hidden underneath.  It is contained but just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean the flaw is no longer there.

But in contrast to DIY projects where I’m just covering the blemishes, God changes us from the inside out.  From the second you put your trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, your sin is gone.  It’s forgotten. 

To say that we have been pardoned from sin is inaccurate because someone pardoned is still a criminal but one that is excused from the consequence. Instead, we are justified which means “just as if I never sinned.”

When God looks at us, He doesn’t see a spray-painted version of ourselves where the sin is still there but just covered up.   When He looks at us, He doesn’t see our sin.  Instead, He sees us with the same love He has for His perfect Son. 

“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” Galatians 2:20

Yes, the Christian life is messy and we will make mistakes.  But don’t allow yourself to wade in shame.  If you have sinned, ask forgiveness and move on to the next thing God wants you to do.

Shame is caused by a failure to see yourself the way God does.  Guilt says “Your action was bad” but shame says “You are bad.” 

Allowing shame to fester can be a powerful obstacle that will hinder us from following God’s call on our lives if we let it.

Any lingering feelings of shame are not from God and are only a hindrance in experiencing God’s blessings for your life.

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1

For more spiritual encouragement, click here for the rest of my project posts that also include Renovate Your Faith devotionals.


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before after of chaise lounge makeover with spray paint

More Outdoor Projects From Renovated Faith

How To Spray Paint Patio Furniture Like A Pro (Outdoor Table and Chairs Reveal)

before of table and chairs

How to Spray Paint Wrought Iron Furniture (Glider Reveal)

My Best Spray PainTing HAcks – Get The Free Checklist!

To get the best results possible, check out my best tips and tips for spray painting whether it’s metal furniture, outdoor garden decor or home decor.  Get the password for the library with all of my free printables including wall art, checklists, and templates by filling out this form:

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FAQ’s: How Do You Make Metal Outdoor Furniture Look New?


Spray paint is your best option for making metal outdoor furniture look new. Not only is it cheap but it’s easy and quick to use. The Rustoleum Universal Metallics line has so many options that you are sure to match the original finish of your outdoor furniture or you can try a whole new look!

How do you revive aluminum outdoor furniture?

Aluminum furniture does not rust (iron oxide) like iron does but it is still susceptible to corrosion and peeling paint even if it’s been powder coated. A simple cleaning will not be enough to restore aluminum to its original state because weather conditions damage the coating. Fortunately, the process for restoring rusted furniture is the same for aluminum furniture. If you don’t want to recoat aluminum furniture with spray paint you can try oxalic acid (Bar Keeper’s Friend) to remove corrosion and stains.

How do you restore a rusty metal outdoor table?

I just did a post showing how to restore a rusty wrought iron patio table and you can see the results and tutorial here: How to Paint Patio Furniture

how to restore black metal patio furniture

When restoring black metal patio furniture, I like to use Rustoleum Universal Metallics Oil-Rubbed Bronze instead of solid black. Their oil-rubbed bronze is very black and has a little more dimension than standard flat black paint. Also, the little flicks that give it dimension also help to hide imperfections in the surface of the metal.

How to Remove Spray Paint

Since spray paint is oil-based enamel, you will need a paint stripper or mineral spirits to remove the paint. If you get spray paint on your hands, use an essential oil like orange oil or peppermint oil and it will slide right off.

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Easy Light Fixture Makeovers with Spray Paint

How to Restore Aluminum Patio Furniture, Youtube Video

Final Thoughts on How to Restore Metal Outdoor Furniture

Now you know how to get your outdoor decor a new paint job that will not only last a long time but transform the look of your whole outdoor space! Sometimes outdoor furniture can look awful but the only issues are purely aesthetic. Spray painting patio furniture is such an easy way to get “brand new furniture” without paying hundreds of dollars!

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  1. One word on your updated loungers…wow. These look great! And, so thankful for the devotional…it is much appreciated. P.S. Love the photo that includes your pup. He looks so regal.

  2. Your chaise lounges look am amazing, and wow, what a deal! I love spray painting metal outdoor items to give them a fresh new look. Also, I appreciate the devotional, definitely something I needed to read, thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Thanks for the devotional. Never tire of hearing it. Also, I’ve kept a very expensive patio set from looking bad…have had it 15 years and I’ve sprayed it 2-3x and still looks good. I used Rustoleum universal metallic.

    1. Thank you SO much for that Kim! Isn’t Rustoleum Universal Metallic great?!? Have a great rest of the week!

  4. Ellen Fisher says:

    This looks wonderful! I am a DIY myself and really don’t want to pay anyone to do a job I can possibly do myself! I’m wondering if you have ever done a paint application on the outside plastic chairs? I have and am not sure I have he best finish. I have found 2 more of these and would like to paint them as well. Do you have any tips? Many thanks! You are a blessing to me❤️

    1. Thank you so much Ellen. Plastic chairs are tricky because if they are super slick, the paint might not stick. BUT, if they have that faux wood grain for the paint to grip, I think it’s doable. Use the same process in this post but find a spray primer. Also, look for a spray paint that is close to the base coat. I like to use spray paint on non-flat outdoor furniture pieces because its just faster. I hope this helps and of course let me know if you have any other questions. Thank you so much for your kind comment Ellen!

  5. I’m the wife of a retired pastor and definitely a DIYer!! I’m so impressed with how you’ve mingled your passion for beautiful things with your deep love for Christ. You’ve found the secret to a meaningful life!! Blessings!!

    1. Mary, Thank you SO much for your kind and encouraging words. Renovated Faith has been a work of God and I’m just kind of along for the ride. Thank you and I hope you have a wonderful day!