The Dos and Don'ts of Painting Wrought-Iron Furniture

HGTV Magazine has the tips and tricks you need to know.

Paint Section

Paint Section

Photo by: Stuart Tyson

Stuart Tyson

DO start by wiping down the furniture...

With denatured alcohol or acetone on a soft rag to remove any traces of oil. Then avoid touching the furniture again with your bare hands until you’re done painting. Slip on disposable gloves or use rags if you need to move the furniture.

DO buy an ergonomic attachment...

Such as CanGun1 to prevent finger fatigue when you’re doing lots of spray-painting. This plastic attachment, which resembles a squirt gun, snaps onto the top of the can. Lightly squeeze the trigger to dispense the paint. 

DO wear safety goggles and a respirator...

That has the ability to filter out aerosolized paint particles, instead of a regular dust mask. Wear both every time you’re spray-painting, even if the project is small and you’re working outdoors.

Next Up

Painting 101: All About Brushes

Learn how to choose the right tools for your inside or outside painting job.

Painting Alternating Stripes on a Wall

Sabrina Soto showed HGTV Magazine how to paint alternating stripes. Here’s how you can try the trend.

Painting Multicolored Stripes on a Wall

Alison Victoria showed HGTV Magazine how to paint perfect multicolored stripes. Here’s how you can try the trend.

Painting Dos and Don'ts

Follow these helpful hints for your next painting project.

16 Ways to Make Painting Less Painful

It's one of the easiest ways to transform a room, but painting can be tough! HGTV Magazine shares tips to ease the sting.

How to Modernize an Old Trunk

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine went digging in the attic for treasures that deserve a second chance.

Painting Ticking Stripes on a Wall

Meg Caswell showed HGTV Magazine how to paint perfect ticking stripes. Here’s how you can try the trend.

Painting Diagonal Stripes on a Wall

Tiffany Brooks showed HGTV Magazine how to paint this pattern. Here’s how you can try the trend.

How to Paint the Exterior of a House

HGTV.com walks you through the steps of painting the exterior of a house, from prep work through the finishing touches.

How to Make a Drop Cloth Chair

HGTV Magazine's latest DIY upholsters a chair using a splatter-painted canvas drop cloth.

Go Shopping

Refresh your home with stylish products handpicked by HGTV editors.

Watch Live TV

Don't miss your favorite shows. Live stream HGTV now.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.