Oops – it’s been two weeks of radio silence. My bad! Things have been a little nuts over here, between TWO crippling winter storms, an impromptu trip to Connecticut for my grandfather’s funeral, a busted water heater, etc etc etc. I’m getting NOTHING done around here. We had hoped to get a head start on the pergola, but the weather hasn’t exactly been conducive to outdoor projects. I’m just glad I got a few things done before it all started!
We’ll be adding a bunch of new items to our deck for the Patio Style Challenge, but we can’t replace everything, so my first task was to spruce up whatever I could with some spray paint. These were some of my tools:
When we first moved in and I spray-painted our outdoor table and chairs, I used a sanding block to remove the chipping paint and then primed it with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer. This time, though, I decided to upgrade to a wire brush attachment for our drill. It took almost everything – paint, rust, grime – off the items I was painting, so I didn’t need something as heavy-duty as the Rust Reformer. Instead, I used Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Spray Primer, which is a little cheaper and takes minutes to dry instead of 24 hours.
One of the most necessary updates was to the light fixture by our backdoor. It was yuck-tastic.
When we took it off the wall, we found a mud wasp’s nest behind it. There weren’t any live wasps in it, but it was SO. DISGUSTING. I took a picture, but I won’t subject you to it. Nasty, nasty, nasty.
First, we pried out the glass panes with a screwdriver – they were just held in with bendy pieces of metal, like a picture frame – and taped off the light socket and other electrical bits.
Cleaning it up with the wire brush attachment was pretty easy and quick, if not a little bit scary. (That thing spins FAST.)
I didn’t bother trying to get down the bare metal. Our goal was just to get rid of the majority of the rust and create a smooth-ish surface.
After giving it a quick rinse and letting it dry, I hit it with a couple coats of primer.
I followed the primer with my trusty Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze. While I was waiting for that to dry, I tackled the glass panes. I couldn’t spray paint them, so I went over the metal parts with a black Sharpie. It’s not ideal, but I think it worked OK! You can see the pane in its original state on the left and the Sharpie-d one on the right, here:
It looks a little weird up-close, but who gets close to outdoor light fixtures, right? Here’s the finished product:
Much better, right?
This crusty old lantern was on our deck when we bought the house.
It wasn’t in great shape, but I could tell it was good quality, so I decided to try and salvage it. The beveled glass planes alone were worth rescuing!
To clean up the lantern, we used the same process as we did with the light fixture: wire brush and sanding, rusty metal primer, oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.
For the panes, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of tracing the metal parts with a Sharpie, I used a Krylon gold leaf pen.
I LOVE how it turned out!
Last and probably least: the grills on our outdoor speakers. Not a very exciting makeover.
Same process as the others, but with black spray paint. Wooo!
They came out a little blotchy and the speakers themselves still don’t look great, but meh. S’okay.
So, here are all the before-and-afters.
Not bad for a few hours and a few cans of spray paint, right?
Hope you’re all surviving this winter weather nonsense! Have a great weekend, and happy Valentine’s Day!