Sometimes a nice set of wooden furniture gets a rough treatment outdoors. Left alone in the elements it can start to look pretty shabby. But the story doesn't have there. It's easy to give wooden furniture a new life and it's not hard to do.
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Step 1: Starting with furniture
My coworker Lee had some furniture on his back deck that had been forgotten for too long. I can't blame him, he's a busy guy with a couple of kids, but his outdoor living room was starting to look like a mess. He did try to fix up one of the chairs on his own, but it came out... wrong. It was time for some intervention.
Step 2: What you need
- Krylon dual spraypaint
- Krylon spray stain
- spray adhesive
- Sandpaper or orbital sander (even better)
We also made a series of stencils for all the members of Lee's family for a personal touch.
Step 3: Sand it down!
The previous day, we hosed down the furniture to get most of the dirt off, but to make each chair as clean as possible we also went to work with an orbital sander. For all the hard to reach areas we used a couple of other pieces of sandpaper.
You don't need to go too aggressively with the sander. The results will still be outside in the rain, but it still helps to smooth out the wood and get rid of any dirt that the wash couldn't get rid of.