I am so in love with all things mid-century modern right now: the clean lines, beautiful woods, and colors just inspire me! Unfortunately, most of the mid-century furniture out there is far out of my newlywed budget.
Luckily enough, I found this mid-century modern metal masterpiece in my grandparent’s shed. I thought that it could use a little TLC and a new home in my 400 square feet apartment.
As you can see, this poor chair was in need of a face lift, and a lot of sanding to get rid of the rust spots. To restore this metal chair into its former glory, I pretty much followed the same steps that Courtney used to resurrect her retro metal chairs, which you can find here, however, I’ll be outlining them here again in this post.
Rust-oleum Clean Metal Primer (in white)
Rust-oleum Universal (in robin’s egg)
I began the revival by sanding and scraping the rust spots with the metal brush to remove as much rust as I could. I also lightly sanded the parts where there wasn’t rust, just so the primer would adhere better. This was kind of a difficult task just because there were so many little spots where the brush just couldn’t reach, but I tried my best.
My next task was to hose down the chair, and wash with a bucket of warm soapy water to remove any particles before priming. Once I was done wiping it down, I hosed it off again, and dried it off with a big beach towel.
This is my chair after its two coats of primer. Isn’t the shape of the seat incredible? I am also digging the slight butterfly back. SWOON!
I left the chair to dry for a few days until I sprayed it with two layers of the robin egg color. And….
Voila! I think I found the perfect spot for it in my apartment. Also, I really love the sheepskin I added for some extra warmth and comfort; it was actually pretty reasonably priced. You can find it here.
I really enjoyed reviving this mid-century modern chair! If you happen to have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.