Tips on Refinishing Old Wooden Outdoor Furniture

2 Oct

You can enhance the appearance of your outdoor garden furniture by refurbishing or refinishing them. You can refinish them to better suit the look or theme of your outdoor living space. You can also refinish them to give them new leases on life, especially if their old finishes are already flaking.

One of the most common types of furniture that you can refinish is wooden outdoor furniture. This type of furniture provides a natural and warm feel to your outdoor living space. They are also the sturdiest type of outdoor furniture available, which makes them more costly than others. This is why they need specific care and maintenance to last long.

Wooden outdoor furniture, like all furniture, eventually gets damaged. Just refinish them instead of buying new ones. This can save you a lot of money, but may unfortunately take up a lot of your time and effort.

Refinishing your old wooden outdoor furniture needs your full commitment and careful planning. Make sure that you can devote yourself into making your old furniture like new or better than new. You also need to make sure that you plan each step carefully, for it takes a lot of time to refinish furniture. Here are some steps you can follow to ensure that you are not wasting valuable time and money when refinishing your old wooden outdoor furniture.

Refinishing Wooden Outdoor Furniture

– Remove the old finish first from your wooden outdoor furniture. Fortunately, it is easier to remove the old finish, because of the effect of constant exposure to weather. Constant exposure to weather makes the original finish on wooden outdoor furniture flaky and starting to peel. This way, you can just remove or peel away the original finish using your bare hands.

There are easier and faster ways to remove old finishes, however. You can wash them away with power washers or high-pressure hoses or apply chemical strippers. Using high-pressure hoses can wash away the flaking finish and clean your wooden outdoor furniture thoroughly. Using chemical strippers or paint strippers, on the other hand, can remove the paint or varnish finish effectively.

– You should next prepare your wooden outdoor furniture by sanding. Sanding removes the excess or remaining finish effectively, which the hoses and chemical strippers failed to get rid of. It also smoothens and evens out the surface of your wooden outdoor furniture. Take extra care when sanding your furniture. The quality of your final finish depends largely upon the care you take when sanding.

– You should finally apply the new finish. The finish of furniture is the paint or varnish applied to them. You can apply new paint or varnish by painting, which is the most common way of applying furniture finish. You can use traditional paintbrushes or foam brushes, available in different sizes. These allow them to reach even the tiniest detail of your furniture. This ensures that you can have a good and even new finish.

You can find out more about outdoor furniture and how to refinish them, by researching online and visiting websites like


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