Here is another one of my latest finished projects that I'm excited to finally have finished up. It's a little metal table that was destined for the landfill, and in the before photos below you can really see why. It was a rusty, crusty mess, but I loved the shape of it and knew it could be an adorable farmhouse chic piece with a little love, elbow grease and lots of spray paint.
It's the perfect thing to hold some pretty white dishes and things in this little corner of my kitchen..
Here is a picture of the table before I started working on it:
See what I mean? Tons of rust and corrosion. I started out by scrubbing the whole thing down with soap and water using an SOS pad. Then I did a whole lot of sanding. It was impossible to get all the rust off but I tried to get as much of that and the flaky paint off as possible.
Then I broke out the Rust Stop primer- I think I used the ACE hardware brand, but I've used Rusoleum in the past. Normally for wood projects I use Kilz primer but for rusty metal I think it's good to use paint made to block rust. It took about 3 coats of primer and sanding in between to get it ready to paint.
Here it is in all it's glory after a whole lot of primer and 2 or 3 coats of glossy white spray paint.
The one mistake I made is not completely taping off the black edge around the top shelf before I primed, so I kind of messed up the black paint in some areas, just a warning to you to remember that spray paint goes everywhere.
My one other big piece of advice- don't try to use spray paint outside on a windy day! I had to keep respraying spots where little bits of leaves, dirt, and a few bugs got stuck in the wet paint. That got super annoying. If you have a garage, that's even better than outside. Make sure you wear a mask when spray painting.
So, because I like before and afters so much, here is one more pic before: