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Hey there friends! I thought I’d share a little outdoor post today. And an easy way to refinish outdoor wood furniture.
I hadn’t planned to post about this when I began the project so I didn’t get the before “before” shot of the furniture. I was simply working on our outdoor areas to make them nice so we can enjoy our summer out here. If you follow along on Instagram, you might have seen some stories I shared while I was refinishing the furniture. AND on our patio that my husband also was working on. (it was already there, we just re-do the “grout” with polymeric sand every few years…we last did it in 2016)
But as I finished up sanding the furniture, I thought, “hey, this might be helpful to my readers…I might ought to share it on the blog!”.
And so I took this “before” photo…
This was after my son pressure washed them for me and I did a light sanding on them.
As you can see in the photo, I did have a crack in the piece of wood on the bench back, so glued and clamped it before staining.
How To Refinish Outdoor Wood Furniture (with stain, so easy!)
And it was easy, y’all. So easy! (and quick too)
BUT…before we get started on the makeover, let me show you how this furniture looked when it was new in 2016.
I haven’t done one thing to it since then. (you can also see what our grass usually looks like too…we’ve had so much rain it’s just a mess right now)
Anyway, hop over to this post to see it when it was new >>> “Screened Porch & Patio Makeover“
I had considered giving them a whitewash and leaving them at that. But in the end, I really wanted to put something on them that would protect them better.
Before beginning, you will want to make sure you don’t have any loose or rough wood areas. If you do, sand them to smooth them out.
We pressure washed ours because there was old brown paint still on parts of the wood that needed to be removed. You can skip that though.
Once the wood was dry, I sanded it to smooth everything out.
As you’ll notice in the photos, I wasn’t too worried about getting all of the old brown color off but I did go back and sand some more areas to make sure it was smooth and porous as to accept the stain.
I moved the chairs up onto our screened porch so they could dry out completely by letting them sit for a few days. Then I began staining.
Stain the wood.
I used Cabot Australian Timber Oil in Jarrah Brown. You can find it >>> here.
The can recommends using a lambswool applicator but I didn’t have that so just used an old washcloth instead. It worked just fine.
It also says to try not to overlap and that it’s best to do the application all at one time, if possible.
Which I did and it took no time at all.
This was truly one of the easiest DIY projects ever.
Just look at that gorgeous color…I actually like it better than the original brown shade it came in.
What a difference.
It’s like watching this furniture come back to life!
You can see here some of the old original brown shade from before. As I mentioned, I didn’t bother with going so far as to try to remove all of that brown…only smoothing it out with some sanding beforehand.
If it bothers you, you can sand all the way down though.
I didn’t mind the variations.
Since I hadn’t really done anything to this furniture since we bought it in 2016, we did end up having a broken piece of wood here and there.
My husband cut this small piece from some old pallet wood hoping it would match well.
And it ended up matching pretty good.
After I was done with all of the restaining, I let them sit inside our screened porch for about 3 days.
I wanted to make sure they were good and dry before putting them in our crazy weather. The can recommends 24-48 hours.
I am SO thrilled with how they turned out.
They look like brand new to me!
Oh! And the planters that I bought also back in 2016 originally had a blend of flowers in it. I considered planting some new flowers in them but thought they would be perfect for herbs instead.
So this one got Mojito Mint… (that’s what it was called…is that really a thing? lol)
And this one got Basil…
We are also planning a raised garden bed on the other side of this patio for vegetables. We are getting started on it now so I hope to share that with you all too.
Just add that to the crazy list of ours over here. ;) Keep an eye out on my Instagram stories because I am sure I’ll share the progress over there!
Who knew this was all it took to refinish outdoor wood furniture and have it look so good? I sure didn’t.
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I hope you enjoyed today’s post and you found it helpful. I had never really refinished outdoor wood furniture in the past so I was surprised at how simple (and quick) it was to do. I am completely thrilled with the results.
Have a wonderful and safe weekend, friends!
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