To all of you who own stock in the Rust-Oleum company: You're welcome. I'm pretty sure your profits are going to be waaaay up this quarter, courtesy of the deluge of painting projects I've undertaken. My most recent one: metal patio chairs.
I had four of these chairs that were part of a patio set we bought about 15 years ago. The table was taken out of commission a couple summers ago when strong winds blew the umbrella down, shattering the glass tabletop in the process. Unfortunately, when I pulled the chairs out of storage (under our porch) this spring, I saw the elements had taken a toll on them, too.
After two coats of paint, the shadows of the old stripes are still visible underneath, but it's a subtle two-tone green that looks nice, so I think I'm going to stop here instead of doing a third coat and trying to completely obliterate the stripes.
Each chair used two cans of black spray paint, and each cushion used two cans of leaf green. The paint cost about $3 per can. So (if I'm doing the math right, which is never a sure thing), each chair cost $12 (not counting the cost of the primer which I already had) to make over. That seems like a good deal for three "new" chairs.