How to restore a metal chair

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Recycled furniture and vintage-style homeware has been a dominant trend in 2011 and looks set to continue into the new spring/summer collections. Why not try your hand at a bit of DIY with this great step-by-step guide from Hammerite for restoring a metal chair.

1 Find a metal item preferably with a stand-out design. This gothic style chair was found in a junk yard, looking a little rusty, but you may already own a piece of furniture that will work well, or you may find one in a second hand shop or online.

2 Begin by rubbing down with a wire brush or coarse sandpaper, knocking off any flakes of rust or old paint which might be present. Then clean the item with a mild detergent and water to remove any grease and dirt, this will prevent the paint from adhering to the metal. Ensure the surface is completely dry before starting to paint.

3 Use Hammerite Direct to Rust Metal Paint in the colour and finish of your choice – here Smooth Black was used. It is available in an aerosol (costs from £9.19 for 400ml) or tin (costs from £17.59 for 750ml). Apply the paint in two thin coats and leave to try for the time recommended on the tin between each coat. This process will not only decorates the metal, but also protect it from future rust for up to 8 years.

For more information please visit the Hammerite website