A Rusty Metal Child's Folding Chair Becomes Rustic Fall Decor

September 01, 2021

Photo of a rusty folding chair.
This little rusty metal folding chair was a $3 purchase at a local flea market AND one of my End of July finds HERE.


(When you click on the bold Amazon, Old Sign Stencils or Dixie Belle Paint Company affiliate links you will be taken to the products I used for this project. If you order it does not change the price or service at all. As an Amazon Affiliate, Old Sign Stencils Affiliate or Dixie Belle Paint Affiliate, I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Close up photo of paint splatter on a chair seat.
The chair had a fun rusty, worn patina, but I hated these paint drips.

Close up photo of a chair seat.
I lucked out when the paint drips scraped off quite easily with a screwdriver.

Photo of a Folkart Holiday Stencil pack.
After washing the chair down well with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water, I pulled out this FolkArt Holiday Value Stencil Pack (from Amazon). It is also available at Hobby Lobby.

The stencils are paper so you have to be very careful pressing or punching them out.  There are stencils for holidays throughout the year and I have used many of them on holiday projects for this blog.

Photo of a paper leaf stencil taped to a chair back.
I taped an oak leaf stencil on the top part of the chair, and pounced on the stencil using Dixie Belle Chalk Finish Paint in Colonel Mustard.

Photo of a leaf stencil taped to a chair seat.
I taped the whole stencil on the seat of the chair.

Photo of a stenciled rusty folding chair.

Photo of a fall leaf stenciled rusty chair.
I took the chair outside and sprayed on several coats of Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch 2X Cover in Ultra Matte.

Besides adding protection, the spray sealer deepened the stencil colors and gave the rusty patina a smooth finish.

Photo of a rusty folding chair stenciled with fall leaves.
The little chair will likely be displayed this fall on my covered patio.

Photo of a rusty folding chair stenciled with fall leaves.
I really like how my little chair turned out!

Photo of a rusty folding chair stenciled with fall leaves.

Photo of a rusty folding chair stenciled with fall leaves.
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Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I found 2 of the chairs you redone with the leaves now on the chair. You said that your chair was a $3 find at a flea market. I’m trying to find out the true value of these two chairs. Can you please point me in a direction so I see about get the rid of these along with a snow push plow


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