As part of our ongoing DIY project, one of the things that needed fixing at the front of the house was the very rusted front gate and railings. I love having the gate there and when the garden is looking pretty I think shiny black railings will look really smart. I didn’t want to go to the expense of replacing the gates and railings so I set about making them look nice again on a budget.
The gate was very rusty indeed and had layers of rust and old paint on which I spent an hour or so scrubbing with wire wool and a wire brush to give a slightly better surface for new paint. This is what it looked like after a good scrub – by no means perfect but a much smoother surface to paint.
Then I covered the areas around the gate and set about spray painting it black. This was so easy, I just had to be careful about which way the wind was blowing. It’s always windy outside our house because of the proximity to the sea but if you live in a more sheltered location you might not have to battle the wind! I did cover up the floor and wall with some old paper in case I accidentally got any spray paint on them. I held the spray can about 6 inches away from the railing and set about spray painting! It was very easy to do and took a matter of minutes. I just went up and down each side of the bars to make sure it was really well covered. The spray paint I used can be sprayed directly on rust and will help protect against any more rust too.
I am so pleased with the results – the gates aren’t new, and of course have a couple of imperfections but I love them this way and think that they look really smart now that they are a shiny black!
In case you were wondering, here is a list of what I used for this project. (Affiliate links).