When we built our outdoor entertaining area, I was trying to save money (as always) and bought an IKEA light fitting to hang above the table. Unfortunately it was made of wrought iron and over the years it has rusted and is basically ... well it's stuffed!
I was worried the chain was so rusted that the light would come crashing down.
I have been looking for another light to replace it for quite some time and have seen a few I like but $1,000 for a light fitting .... really? The IKEA one was only $79. I have finally found a new light fitting. Unfortunately it is also made of some type of iron so to prevent the same thing happening again, I had to give it a spray of Rust-Guard metal paint before the electrician installed it.
Here's the light hanging in my garage so I could paint it.
It's a six pendant lantern light - $179 on special from Recollections.
It's an antique bronze colour, so I chose black rust-guard paint.
and here it is...
I think the black works better with the dining chairs than the antique bronze.
and at night...
So here's a lesson learnt. If you have metal objects outside, it may well be worthwhile to rust-proof them in the beginning.
Happy back to school in Queensland today.