This little project has been an on-going one since we moved in to this house about two years ago but with the help of my Mum this week, it is finally finished!
My priority has always been to get the inside of the house looking good with the front and back garden a kind of afterthought that we just about keep on top of with the occasional bit of lawn mowing and weeding. The front of your house however is obviously the first thing that people see when they come over so I wanted to smarten ours up to make a good first impression and all that!
We inherited a rather worn and rusty iron gate when we moved in, which I assume was once painted black. As you have probably gleaned, I am a fan of all things white so set about researching how to transform our gates. I should point out that I first started this project in April 2012 so it has taken me a good two years to finish it…sounds about right for me, although I am clearly going to blame it on the lack of good sunny outside-painting weather!
The basic kit you will need:
- Wire brushes (a thick one for the gate posts and a thin one for getting into the fiddly ornate bits)
- Paintbrush (use an old one as unless you want to buy the specialist thinner, this paint is pretty impossible to clean off!)
- Specialist metal paint in the colour of your choice (I chose one that didn’t need a primer or top coat)
- Hot soapy water and an old rag/ cloth
Try and choose a day or weekend when you have fairly decent weather as rain can interfere with the paint drying and wind can cause dust and debris to stick to your newly painted gates.
Begin by using your wire brushes to thoroughly scrub the gate to remove all traces of rust. With a gate of this size, it did feel like a rather painstaking process but it ensures the paint has a good surface to adhere to and gets rid of all the old paint as well.
You can see where I used the wire brushes here:
Finish off with a spray of clean water but mind your toes…I got soaked!
Once the gate has dried off, then you can start painting. You can lay down old sheets if you want to avoid getting paint on the surrounding floor or plants but I didn’t bother.
We needed two layers of paint for full coverage and if your gate is ornate like ours then you really do need to take care and make sure every twist and curl is painted.
Once the gates dried and I admired our handiwork, I added the finishing touch which was a number 7 sign I bought when we first moved and can FINALLY put up now!
I hope you’ll agree the gates now look 100 times better and make our drive look so much nicer! x