Of course summer weather has been in place for a while now in most locals of our great Nation but the clock is now running so make the most of it! In getting ready for our yard sitting and outdoor enjoyment season we often times look upon our scraggily and sometimes neglected vintage lawn chairs and gliders only to discover they need some extra attention in the paint deparment. That old finish you put on a few seasons ago is looking a bit worn and starting to flake off.
Every few years or so, metal lawn chairs, occasional tables, and gliders that are powder-coated in assorted colors become popular again. Perhaps a retailer features them in a new catalog, they're pictured in an ad, or they are glimpsed in a movie or cable series. In case you haven't noticed, things have a tendency to go in and out of style.
In this Instructable I will show how I rejuvenated a set of vintage metal lawn chairs dating back to the late 's or early 's. By no means am I restoring these to the original beauty, but hoping to get another years of use. About 3 years ago I found these chairs on a Sunday afternoon on the curb at a nearby neighbors house.
I was given some vintage metal lawn chairs, the kind from the 50's or 60's with the scalloped back, or seashell type back, and they are rusted and the rust is peeling to reveal yet more colorful paint underneath. They do not appear to have any corrosion since there are more layers of paint beneath. I'll try just about anything once within reason. Keeping that in mind, what would be a good method of removing enough of the rust and flaking paint to get me a smooth surface to work with so as to paint them anew.
So out of respect for my clothing, I decided to spruce it up a bit. Now, it took me a good four weeks to decide on a color. I thought about going turquoise or pink or maybe even orange.
Vintage metal lawn chairs are like taking a walk down memory lane into yesteryear when large family gatherings or even block parties were the summertime normal. These sturdy lawn chairs originally came in a variety of color and were a staple for lawn and front porch furnishings. These are not going to be your average yard sale gleanings, but you might be able to locate some authentic vintage metal lawn chairs in flea markets, second-hand stores or antique shops.
I see today the weather folks all have just one thing to talk about. Yeah, well, its summer and we all knew it was bound to happen. A heat wave has settled in on most of our Nation and Lordy me it is hot but here in Texas its just another day to us. You need to either be born here or get used to it by gradual degrees.
We bought 4 of these chairs, all different colors and we are extremely happy with them. They are sturdy, well built and the colors are great. We sit in them every afternoon now that the weather is so nice in Florida.
Amidst the iconic signs of summertime in the USA — the cold brew from the cooler, the grill, the sweating pitcher of lemonade, the checkered picnic blanket — one object is all too often overlooked: the lawn chair. That throne of the outdoors is an omnipresent figure in beaches and backyards, parked in driveways and alongside parade routes, and positioned under multicolored umbrellas across every state. The lawn chair comes in many shapes and materials, including the omnipresent white stacking kind popular poolside, but if you ask lawn chair historian and furniture maker Louis "Skip" Torranshe'll tell you that there's only one true classic: The cantilevered stamped steel model.