The old black paint was chipped and peeling and rusting in spots. Yikes.
And considering that the old rail was one of the first things you see on our house, it really needed a major facelift. So we looked at our options:
1) Rip it out and replace it with something white, modern, and maintenance-free. In short, we would absolutely love to do something like that. So what's holding us back? It would probably be pretty costly, and with a baby on the way we're saving all the pennies we can (babies are expensive!). So, while ideally we would love to go this route, it just isn't in the cards. Darn.
2) Restore the old wrought iron rail and paint it. While dated, the old rail does have character and charm, and with a bit of elbow grease and love, it could look like new (well, almost, anyways). Definitely the cheaper and more DIY-friendly option, and so this is the route we're going!
We did some good ole' fashioned research (by googling "how to paint wrought iron") and found that this would be a bigger project than we'd first anticipated (surely we're not the only ones that happens to?). Since the paint on our rail was chipping and rusting, we had to take some extra steps - we'd have to:
1) Use a wire brush to get all the flaking paint off (along with any clumps or drips of dried paint).
2) Sand, sand sand.
3) Prime with a rust-stopping primer.
4) And finally paint.
Yikes, that sounds like alot of hard work, but we're hoping that the TLC and new paint will last for years to come! (a feat here with this harsh weather)
So stay tuned for more updates - we're going to have a Rail-y Fun Time! (and yes, I'm a dork)
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