I just finished the new covers for the patio furniture. Amazing what some 50% off Sunbrella fabric will do for ratty wrought iron furniture. Just look at the covers and not at the starting-to-rust chairs. I debated sanding them down and painting the chairs this spring, but the surface rust is the least of their problems. Water gets in the hollow tubes of the furniture and it rots from the inside. I used to have another chair, but last spring when I was washing windows, I gave it a tiny shove to scoot it over out of the way of my stepladder and a leg snapped off the chair. The outside wasn't even rusty, it was all on the inside. So these may be on borrowed time, but at least their last days will be pretty!
The bench gets the most sun so we'll see how long the fabric lasts. I got all smarty-pants and made velcro tabs to attach the covers instead of ties. Those things drove me crazy and took twice as long as assembling the rest of the cover.