I introduced you to a charming bistro set here. And it was pretty cute then.
The problem beyond the chipping paint is that it had begun to rust. Our favorite method of stripping paint from metal is a wire wheel on a drill and just a few days ago I purchased a whole set of wire wheels to help refinish this bell.
Get it? A whole set of wire wheels to refinish A BELL! Really I was getting someone (Hi, Charlie) prepared to strip the entire bistro set so I could repaint it.
Last night Charlie got started with his new wheel set. (He loves a new tool and a whole set is even better.)
There are a lot of little curlicue places on the chairbacks so Charlie also used our Dremel tool with a little coarse wire brush to get into the tight spaces. That worked well but is very time consuming as in “Don’t try to Dremel the entire chair or you’ll be here six months from now”.
Here’s one of the chairs after being wired.
Once the metal is stripped fairly clean (it need not be totally devoid of paint, but everything chipping or flaking must be removed) I sprayed dark grey primer onto the chairs and table. I started with the underside. (I stuck circles of painters’ tape on the bottom of the feet so the plastic slides would not have paint on them.)
Then I flipped everything over and gave it a couple of good coats on the top. I could have stopped here because I really like the color of the primer, a medium dark grey with a slight greenish cast.
After letting the primer dry for 24 hours, I pulled out my new favorite color of spray paint: Metallic Charcoal by Rustoleum. It has just a hint of sparkle and more depth than traditional black. I coated everything with 3-5 light layers of the finish color.
Again I started on the underside. Then flipped everything over making sure every nook and cranny was painted. (This took about a can and a half of paint.)
In a couple places the paint started to drip a little bit so, while it was still wet, I touched is lightly with a rag which removed the excess paint. Then I sprayed it lightly in those spots to restore the sheen. The photos show the lovely, restrained sheen of this paint: akin to gun-metal.
Everything dried for at least
24 12 hours before we replaced the glass on the table and the pale green cushions. (Not sure we’re going to stick with the pale green but for now that’s what we have.) Of course, it also rained all night on the newly painted set! Ta -dah! Voila!
From another angle
Detail of chair . . .
When the house renovation is complete, this set will move to the east side of the house onto a second-story porch where it will get the dappled morning sun.
Now it’s time to enjoy!
Have you finished a satisfying project recently? Or has it been way too long?