Curbside Pickers’ Plant Stands Refreshed
It must have been about 10 years ago that Mr. B. and I were driving down a street in his hometown, and he suddenly slammed on the brakes. Someone had put two wrought iron plant stands out on the curb to be hauled away with the garbage.
Before I knew it, those plant stands were in the back of our car, heading for their new home. They were originally black, but I sprayed a coat of pewter metallic spray paint on them about 5 years ago.
These plant stands have been outdoors year-round forever, and you can see in the photo how they were beginning to rust through the old paint.
Definitely, it was time to refresh these babies.
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HomeRight recently sent their new spray painting turntable for me to try out. I already had their spray paint shelter, and I’ve used it many times with great success. Although HomeRight provided these helpful tools, all opinions are my own.
- HomeRight spray paint shelter (comes folded in the blue bag, as seen above)
- HomeRight spray paint turntable
- Rustoleum Rust Reformer
- Rustoleum metallic spray paint in flat antique nickel
- Rustoleum spray paint grip
- Wire brush
The Project: Step-by-Step
- My first step was to get rid of loose paint and rust from the old plant stands. I brushed them with a wire brush and then rinsed them with the garden hose nozzle set on “jet.” After about an hour in the sun, they were dry and ready for paint.
- I set up my HomeRight spray paint shelter outdoors on my small potting bench and put the HomeRight turntable in the center. With one of the plant stands turned upside-down, I sprayed it with Rustoleum Rust Reformer.
- Rustoleum Rust Reformer “converts rust to a protected, paintable surface.” I’ve used it before and found it to be an excellent product. The resulting color is black.
- When spray painting an item, it’s always best to start with it upside-down. After painting the item upside-down, then turn it right-side up to complete one coat of paint. This way, you get better coverage in all the nooks and crannies.
- This was my first time to use the HomeRight turntable, and it really like it! With the turntable, there is no reason to get paint on your hands. Before the turntable, I would get my hands messy while turning the object to spray paint from all sides. Now, this is not a problem! The turntable makes it quick, clean, and easy to spray from all sides and angles while painting the item in the spray paint shelter. The shelter keeps overspray from getting on your surrounding area while the turntable allows you to cover all surfaces from all directions with your paint.
- I sprayed both of the plant stands with Rustoleum rust reformer.
- Following the directions on the can, I allowed the Rustoleum Rust Reformer to dry for 24 hours.
- The next day, I spray painted the plant stands with Rustoleum spray paint in flat antique nickel.
- Again, I spray painted the plant stands upside-down first and then right-side up.
New Life for the Old Plant Stands
I really like the color and finish from Rustoleum’s metallic spray paint in flat antique nickel.
Takeaways from this Project
- Just because something is free (i.e., it's out on the curb for the garbage collectors) doesn't necessarily mean that I want to take it home with me. BUT . . . these free wrought iron plant stands were a fantastic find!
- My advice: if you can snag something for free and it's made of wrought iron, DO IT!
- These wrought iron pieces have been outdoors in all weather year-round for I-don't-know-how-many years, and they only need a bit of cleaning and painting every few years to rejuvenate their good looks.
- Spray painting jobs are so much easier with the HomeRight spray paint shelter and turntable. Although HomeRight did provide these items for me to try out, I'm truly giving my own opinion when I say that they're a huge help in getting the job done efficiently and neatly. There's no mess from overspray, and the job goes so much more quickly with the turntable.
- I'm in the process of fixing up our deck for the summer. These plant stands will be a part of my deck decor. I'm hoping to publish a “reveal” in a few weeks.
Are you getting things around your home ready for summer?
Let me know. I'd love to hear from you.
Enjoy Life Creatively!