Your wood patio furniture will look amazing again
A wood bench in the grass, a wood garden table with chairs on the patio or simply a wood stool to put that one plant on; wood patio furniture gives your garden that little bit extra. At least, when it still looks good. It looks a little sad when the wood furniture starts to get ugly. Your wood furniture defies wind and rain every single day, so a bit of a clean up is definitely in order once in a while.
With these steps your garden furniture will look as good as new again in no time at all.
Step 1: cleaning
Before you can get anywhere with wood, you’re going to have to clean it. The best way to do this is by using a mixture of warm water and a degreaser. You could also mix one part ammonia with nine parts water. Leave this to soak on the furniture and then rinse it with clean water. Then wait until the wood is completely dry.
Step 2: filling in imperfections
Holes and cracks are unavoidable when it comes to wood patio furniture. Little creatures start nibbling the wood and if this doesn’t happen you can always count on moisture to cause the wood to crack. Go to the hardware store and buy a type of filler that is suitable for wood and fill the holes and cracks. Try to get a result that is as smooth and even as possible. Sometimes the filler will cause imperfections, but you can simply sand these away. Do make sure no wood chips are left behind.
Step 3: taping
Get out some masking tape and tape off everything that doesn’t need a coat of paint. You won’t need to paint any hinges, for example. Lay down some old cloth or some canvas to put the furniture on in order to avoid stains on the ground. You might even want to put a soft blanket underneath the canvas. That way, when you need to flip the furniture, you won’t damage it by putting it down to hard.
Step 4: priming
Time to start painting! First, you’ll need to cover the wood with a base layer. Use a wooden stick to stir the primer and use a small brush to paint the small corners and pieces. You can use a paint roller to cover the larger surfaces. Don’t be stingy with the paint and make sure everything is evenly covered with a nice layer of primer. Try to avoid streaks and paint everything horizontally. Next, let it dry properly.
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