Saturday, December 5, 2009

One man's trash is another man's treasure



Eeekkk! I can't hardly believe this rusty old beauty is mine. All mine! Well, I suppose it is Razor's too. Especially since he'll probably do the lion's share of work necessary to make her purty.





It came to me via my aunt and uncle in Mississippi (Hi Barb!). They found it in a trash heap. Trash heap??

Score!



I'm thinking sand blasting. Yes? No? Any advice on how to repair and restore?

-dana

20 comments:

Needled Mom said...

How about a car repair shop where they can powder coat her. It is beautiful!

Sara said...

If that's what I think it is you are so lucky. It's pretty!

Nichole said...

nice! sand blasting should do the trick. i am a structural engineer and when we find rusting steel in existing buildings we recommend it to be sand blasted and painted with a rust inhibiting paint. have fun! :)

Tara said...

I think yes on the sand blasting. Ive got two vintage metal chairs that I treated that way before painting. Can't wait to see it done! And congrats to you! There's a site called vintage gliders or something that redoes these and charges an arm and a leg, but you could get some ideas!

vintage girl at heart said...

sometime tractor trailer repair shoppes will sandblast and powder coat it for alot less!!! i had one of my iron beds done for about $100~i love her the way she is too though!!~
~please show us the finished product...oh and you get to pick a color..what will you choose??

DeeRoo said...

Awesome...I really think it is cool as is!:) Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder and aren't you glad you are the holder?!:)

Alisa said...

No advice, but I'm already totally in love with it.
Can't wait to see it after all of Razor's hard work!

susan said...

nice score. does it gently rock too

mommymae said...

the best way to restore it is to send it to my house ;)

it is to die for!!

Susan D said...

What is it?

amylouwho said...

doesn't a can of rustoleum fix everything? What color are you going to use?

Can't wait to see the afters!

Susan said...

Love it! I hope you paint it the same color, it's perf!

Karen said...

I am so jealous, there is an antique shop between Leesburg and Collinsville, Alabama that probably has at least a dozen. They are very proud of them. I think you need to sandblast it and them powder coat. Either aqua or that funky green color....would be my pick...

Allie said...

Awesome! I had some great old chairs sandblasted and then took them to be powder coat painted, and they are beautiful! Good luck, I can't wait to see what you do.

Deb said...

Hi Dana,
I would give it a jolly good rub down first with a wire brush and then some coarse sand paper. Then I would use some Rust Arrest to the rusty areas and then some metal primer over all of it. Then two coats of Oil-Based paint (we call it Enamel in New Zealand I don't know what you call it in the US) and it would be beautiful!!
Hugs
deb xx

CitricSugar said...

I can't wait to see what you do with this one - so much potential!! Add in your sense of vision.... It's going to be fantastic.

Pumpkin Head Baby Co said...

Definitely sand blast it. I am in the middle of restoring 3 chairs & have done quite a bit of research. If I could afford to sand blast them & have them powder coated I would. Because I am doing it all myself it is taking forever to get off all the rust & old paint. I do recommend Dollar General brand oven cleaner as a paint remover. Works wonders! Strange but true & it's cheap!

Rene' said...

Great things come from Mississippi!!!! I love it the way it is. Love the color!!! Great find.

Rebecca of Sunny Morning Farm said...

Great gift!! I have a glider that you can see the after shots of on my blog at my May 14, 2009 post. I think I had some before shots somewhere but couldn't find them. It was horrible. It was so covered with rust and twenty layers of old paint. I was quoted $300 just to sandblast it. I couldn't do that so I turned to elbow grease on and off for over a year and then I gave up and turned to Rustoleum. Primed it well and covered it with several coats of paint both Rustoleum spray. No signs of rust since May!!

OsageBluffquilter said...

We have 12 of those awesome old metal chairs. The hubby used paint stripper first and then a wire brush on an angle grinder. They were sanded as smooth as a baby's butt. He then painted them using an air compressor with a spray gun attached.
They are beautiful. All 12 are hunter green and sit on our large deck.