Vintage Lawn Chairs Redone in Red

Don’t you love a quick, easy project?  We recently stumbled on a new project for ourselves, which was just what we needed because we already have about ten projects in the works around here!  Thankfully, there weren’t any major issues and we got it done quickly. 

Hubby and I attended the 43 mile “Big Grab” yard sale a couple of weeks ago, and though I was only looking for Pyrex, we just couldn’t pass up the great deal on these two vintage lawn chairs.



Great patina, don’t you think?  I almost hated to paint them, but rust would have taken over, so after Hubby did a thorough job sanding them, I hit them with a few coats of primer and spray paint, and here they are now:




I’m so, so happy with how they turned out!  These two beauties are going to sit out in the yard, in an area we’re about to landscape.  I know some of you thought they were going on the screened porch we built a few months ago, but no, we’re doing that set of vintage lawn furniture in a 1950s aqua.  The chairs are done, but the poor glider needs major repairs and is still on the “to do” list. 

Actually, those of you with a very sharp eye may have noticed that there’s a rocking chair in the “before” picture, and not in the “after.”  We decided to split the two sets we had and put the rocker on the porch, and one porch bouncer on the lawn.  I’m so excited to get it all done!

I noticed on eBay there’s a book someone’s written on the history of these metal lawn chairs.  I think I might order one, I’d love to read this.  In case you’d like to have a look (and this is an affiliate link, meaning if you order one I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you), here it is:

A History of the Metal Lawn Chair


We also did a little landscaping around the screened porch and built a cute garden element that I’ve been wanting for quite a while, so I’ll be showing all of that to you in the coming days.  To make sure you don’t miss it, subscribe or follow in the sidebar at the top.  Thanks for reading and happy junkin’. 





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14 thoughts on “Vintage Lawn Chairs Redone in Red

  1. Wow,Dawn! The chairs turned out beautifully!! They’ll be a perfect addition to your backyard. I so rarely attempt “redo’s” like this because it seems like a very difficult job (sanding, primer and paint)…I don’t think I’m a “DIYer”; but “bravo” to you and your hubby for a job well done. I can’t wait to see how your porch furniture comes out! Rosie

    1. Thank you, Rosie! The sanding was pretty tough and hubs did most of that. If I had been working on this alone I’m afraid I might have just painted right over all those layers but don’t tell anyone 😉

  2. Dawn the chairs look like they have a showroom finish. Bravo! Well done indeed. I will be around to visit more often now. I finally retired today! The past 6 months have been wretched. Not only did I have to go back to work full time (because the girl I trained to replace me quit) but had to work three months past my original retirement date and worked extra hours too, Yuk! I am so glad it is over. I have missed you and all of my friends in the blogosphere.
    Have a wonderful weekend….. Candy

    1. Thank you so much, Candy, that’s very nice to say! CONGRATS on your retirement, and you are very kind to your employer that you did all that extra. That must have been terrible when you were so excited to retire. Glad you made it and you’ll have more time for what you enjoy, like blogging. Best, Dawn

    1. Thank you Linda, I’m loving them too. Can’t wait to finish landscaping and hopefully put down a teeny tiny patio for these two red chairs.

    1. Thanks, Erica! If yours isn’t too rusted it won’t be bad, but if it needs sanding then it’s a bit of work, but so worth it. We’ve used spray and roll-on paint (because we couldn’t find an aqua in spray we liked). Spray is definitely easier, but so many more color options in the can.

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