Often times you may walk by a rusted, junky plant stand (table, chair, etc) while browsing your local thrift. I'm here to tell you to buy those items! Sure, they may look dirty or scary, but there's nothing a can of Rust-Oleum can't fix.
How To Revive Thrift Store Plant Stands
To revive a rusted, metal piece you'll need a steel brush, a rag and Rust-Oleum spray paint. Rust-Oleum, unlike most paints, can be applied directly over rust. If you plan on reviving a something that gets more wear and tear than a plant stand, such as a table, I'd recommend using Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer before spray painting.
The first thing you'll need to do is scrub your piece vigorously with your steel brush. You want to be sure there is no chipping before you paint. If the piece is especially dirty you can use a diluted vinegar solution and rag to wipe the piece clean. When done scrubbing I like to take the rag lightly across the piece to wipe away left over debris.
When your piece is clean and dry it is time to paint. This would be the time to use Rust Reformer. It is important to use light and even coats when spray painting. This will prevent the paint from dripping or running.
Allow the first coat to dry approximately 20-40 minutes before starting the second coat. Textured pieces may require more than two coats. It is important to allow the paint to dry in between coats.
Allow your piece to dry overnight before use. Rust-Oleum brought new life to these plant stands that most would consider trash. I can't wait to get started on more rusty projects, and see which pieces you all choose to revive!