Step 1: Protect the Iron Surface

Amy Hughes polishes an iron window guard with metal polish
Photo: Kristine Larsen
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from rust by rubbing on metal polish, such as Renaissance Wax (About $20; Amazon). Then buff to a soft sheen.
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    Tools List

    • level
      Level
    • ratchet wrench
      Ratchet wrench
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Pencil

    Shopping List

    1. Salvaged iron window guard from Demolition Depot

    2. Renaissance wax polish from Amazon

    3. Wrought iron S hooks from Eagle Emporium4. Anchoring hardware that's appropriate for your wall type

    5. Rustoleum American Accents black spray paint from Kmart