Extreme weather can wreak havoc on patio furniture, and it can be quite costly to replace every few years. If you're like me, you normally run from do-it-yourself projects because it typically takes too much time, energy and skill. Well, I'm here to help you turn over a new leaf—right in your own backyard!

I've spent the last few months looking at my rusted, weathered outdoor furniture trying to figure out how to replace it before summer and still have enough money to eat. For hours I perused through websites to see what six cushioned outdoor chairs and a table would cost me. To put it mildly, the results gave my wallet a headache! I found that a nice set can cost well over $400. That's when my brilliant husband said, "Why not just restore the furniture we already have?"

Now, I don't know the first thing about restoration, but I was amazed at what we were able to do with a few cans of spray paint. If I can do this, anyone can!

We started by purchasing five cans of Hammered Black Rust-Oleum for $5.77 each from Wal-Mart. This stuff is like magic in a can. It doesn't need a primer. It is weather-resistant, dries super fast and leaves your furniture with a high end, glossy look. And the best thing is—it can be applied directly over rust! Once we wiped all surfaces with a damp rag and lightly smoothed out any rough areas with sandpaper, the furniture was ready to be painted.

It was so simple and quick. We painted six metal chairs and a table in one afternoon. There are different shades and textures of Rust-Oleum available depending on what object you wish to restore, which can be anything from benches and lamps to grills.

To finish off the chairs, I found some nice looking, inexpensive cushions for $13 a piece at my local Aldi Supermarket—a great store to find low-priced gardening and patio supplies during the spring.

For less than $100 we have a like-new patio set to share conversations with our friends and family, and you can too! So, hurry and "spring" into action before summer arrives and give your rusted patio furniture a facelift without emptying your wallet!

This has been a guest post by Tiffany from Fort Smith, AK
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