I’m sure you’ve all seen that sad, rusted old stool at a garage sale before and thought… I wonder if I could spray paint that, or is it too far gone to save? Well folks, I’m here to tell you to snatch that baby up and bring it home!
In today’s post, how to stop rust – a metal stool makeover, I’ll be sharing all of my tips and tricks so you’ll never pass up a great vintage find again.
This is what I started with.
In order to stop the rust from spreading, I treated it with a rust inhibitor. This stuff worked great! It dissolves and removes the rust so you can paint over it.
I took a scrub brush to the entire stool to wash off all of the crud and then wiped it down with the rust inhibitor.
After wiping on the solution with an old sock, the rust was instantly gone! Because the rust had caused some major surface damage, I took my hand sander to the top and smoothed it out.
I discovered it was much easier to get all of those hard to reach spots once the chair was disassembled. I used a scrub pad and rust inhibitor on the legs and they looked almost new!
The little caps on the legs needed painted, so I wrapped the metal in painters tape and gave them a coat of spray paint.
Because I didn’t want any rust to resurface in the years to come, I gave the seat of the stool a coat of primer that is made to stop rust.
The seat was instantly transformed after the primer was applied.
Because I liked the yellow color on the stool, I went with Rust-Oleum spray paint in Strawflower.
Once all the paint was dry I re-assembled the stool. It looked amazing, but was a little boring for my liking.
I just happened to stumble upon this cute little stencil and knew it would be perfect for the stool. I also picked up some metallic paint to add just the right amount of pizzazz!
I simply taped the stencil onto the seat and used my daughters crayola paint brush to apply the paint.
I let the paint dry for a few hours and this little project was finished!
Can you believe this is the same stool?
Thanks for stopping by today! Now everyone run to your nearest garage sale and look for metal stools!