My dear friend Dianne gave me a beautiful, metal "Tulip" chair full of potential. I love vintage lawn furniture!!
According to Skip Torrans, author of "A History of the Metal Lawn Chair," the rise of the lawn chair is attributed to the growth of the suburbs after WWII, when the 1944 GI bill afforded a single family home with a backyard to MANY middle-class Americans. And with the increase of suburb lawns came an increase in demand for lawn furniture. Into that gap stepped the first major player in the world of metal lawn chairs. The Warmack Company, founded by sheet metal fabricator and Arkansas manufacturer Ed Warmack, began making steel gliders, tables, and lawn chairs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, and swiftly turned into the largest metal outdoor furniture manufacturer in the USA, with some of their lines carried exclusively by Sears.
And Skip Torrans should know. He and Kathy Torrans are owners of the Torrans Manufacturing Company currently creating retro-inspired metal furniture. Admittedly I prefer authentic, vintage lawn furniture, but still drool at their catalog of beautiful, colorful, playful, vintage-inspired works of art.
So back to my Tulip chair project. Ideally to refurbish this precious icon of summer, I would have it professionally sandblasted of old paint and rust. But that would never happen. And I'm learning "The Perfect" is the enemy of the "The Good." So instead of a potentially perfectly remodeled lawn chair, I opted to sand off the top layer myself, by hand.
And discovered the original paint color was green.
After hand-sanding the chair, I cleaned and dried it in the sun for a half hour. And then added a primer.
The primer dried for about 2 hours and then I sanded it again. And then added Rust-Oleum Red gloss paint.
it's not perfect, but I love it!!