Patio Furniture Restoration

20 Aug

Before I came into the picture, my husband bought some patio furniture that is the perfect scale for our small backyard patio.  Here’s what it looked like when he bought it from World Market.


Fast forward three years and the finish was extremely weathered.
Patio Furniture Restoration **
While I was busy working at the Austin Ice Cream Festival on Saturday, my husband and stepdad sanded down the furniture. The difference was so dramatic, we briefly considered sealing it without staining it. It looked so fresh. Patio Furniture Restoration **
Here are my husbands basic sanding tips:
  • If you can take apart of the furniture fairly easily, do it. We probably should have.
  • A power sander is a must.
  • Various sanding grit levels is helpful. We used 0220 for the most part, but used a much rougher one for the hard to reach areas where we couldn’t apply much pressure. If you use a rougher paper then you have to go back and use a lower grit afterward to smooth it out.
  • Use tack cloth to remove any remaining sawdust before staining.
Patio Furniture Restoration **
I wanted a dark stain, so I picked up a can of Rustoleum’s Black Cherry Wood Stain from Lowes. On Sunday, my husband and stepdad stained one of the chairs. I predict it will be about 3 weeks before Anthony and I will find time to stain the bench, table, and remaining chair, but look how well it turned out:
Refinished Patio Furniture **
A few tips for staining:
  • Be sure to wear rubber gloves.
  • Test out the stain by applying it to a small area on the back or underside of the wood first. Leave it on 1 minute and gently wipe it off with a cloth, then in another small area, leave it on 2 minutes and wipe, then 3 minutes to see which shade of stain you prefer. A cut up old t-shirt works perfectly works perfectly as a wiping cloth.
  • Make sure to watch for areas where the stain drips or runs down to another area. Wipe that off as soon as possible.
  • If you want a glossy finish, spray the stained furniture with polyurethane. Otherwise, seal it with a water sealer. If you choose to use a water sealer, you can brush on a thin coat each year to prevent weathering.
Now that our patio furniture is refreshed, I’m keeping my eyes open for cute outdoor pillows, a potted plant or two, and an inexpensive rug. Maybe black and white stripes?
After getting out there myself to finish staining the patio furniture, I’ve got a few tips of my own:
  • Check the weather!
After spending several hours finishing the furniture on a hot, sunny, Austin day, the evening brought heavy rainfall and wind. The storm was so strong that our power went out. How did I not see that one coming, at all? Thankfully, it seems the stain was set enough and no damage was done.
  • I also found that a natural bristle paint brush (like the goat hair ones I bought at a craft store rather than the home improvement store) prevents drips better than other brushes. So much so that I skipped the wiping step altogether.
The final product?
DIY Patio Furniture Restoration
I’m still in want of some accessories, but boy, do I love the transformation! I think the dark stain against the white stone looks great.

7 Responses to “Patio Furniture Restoration”

  1. Maria@TheBrooklynFig 21 August 2013 at 4:17 PM #

    What a difference! Now that it’s the end of the summer season you could probably find great deals on outdoor cushions and pillows.

    • gusto&grace 21 August 2013 at 4:33 PM #

      I sure hope you’re right! Thanks for taking time to comment.

  2. BevisLevine 30 August 2013 at 12:46 AM #

    It is always great to paint old patio furniture and give new born to them. You done such a nice work. Thanks for share tips related to paint furniture…

  3. Mom 5 September 2013 at 5:35 PM #

    What did you do to seal/waterproof it?

  4. Christina K. 16 December 2014 at 6:34 PM #

    I have this patio furniture – how did you keep the cushions clean? I’m having the hardest time doing this!

    • gusto&grace 3 January 2015 at 4:54 PM #

      Christina, while they may appear so in photos, the cushions really aren’t all that clean. I ended up tossing the original back cushions after trying to wash them. The other cushions clean up well in the washing machine with a little white vinegar and some baking soda, but mine have some stubborn stains too. Good luck!


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