Last Updated on July 21, 2022 by Maria Brittis
I brought life to my outdoor furniture by stripping it and adding new stain. Here is an easy tutorial on how to refinish outdoor wood furniture.
Easy Steps On How To Refinish Outdoor Wood Furniture
I love helping my kids by restoring old furniture and giving it to them. Outdoor furniture can get pretty beat up from the outside elements, therefore refinishing is the answer. For example I have this small outdoor table and chairs that needed overhaul. I decided to use the same color stain from my recent refinished project. This set will eventually be going to my son.
Although you can use any stain for this project, you want to make sure the stain is dark enough to cover imperfections. Since the table is old a darker stain will work great to cover any stains that are permanent. I bought a book on refinishing furniture and it said darker stain are great for covering up.
The Best Outdoor Stains For Furniture
I have tried many outdoor stains for outdoor furniture and the one I love the best is MINWAX. It is budget friendly and love the coverage. Here are a few others that seem to work well but are higher in price. With MinWax you do need a sealer, even if you purchase a sealer separate it’s still cheaper.
Olympic Stain Maximun Wood Stain: Great coverage but high sticker price.
Thompson Waterseal stain. This one you don’t need a sealer, it has both stain and sealer in one. It seems to sold the stain longer than most.
Ready Seal Exterior Stain and sealer.: It’s pricey but covers beautifully.
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- Rubber glove: I decided to use surgical gloves and it wasn’t as durable as rubber gloves
- Stain: I love Minwax its the best
- Cloth: I used cut up tee shirts, the best part it was free.
How To Refinish The Outdoor Furniture
Before I started staining, I cleaned up my garage. I had all my lawn equipment everywhere. Make sure your space you are working is clean and free from dirt.
- Wash the table set with a hose and use steel wool to get any dirt off.
2. I sanded my table and chair as smooth as I could. There were still a bunch of stains that would not be removed. Thats why I used a darker stain.
3. After sanding the table as smoothly as I could. I hosed quickly and removed all loose debris. I used steel wool as an extra tool.
4. Once the furniture is dried. Start applying the stain. I am not fond of using brushes for staining, however I love cotton cloth. The cotton cloth absorb the stain quicker, for instance I was able to use the cloth over and over in areas that needed more stain. Make sure you use gloves, other wise you will need a manicure. I applied two coats. The second coat was lighter.
4. After you apply the stain, let it dry for a day. The next day I applied some polyurethane in satin finish. There are many reason why I use polyurethane, above all its keeps the furniture sealed from outdoor elements.
Let it try for 24 hours before you use.
It tuned out beautiful and here how it looks all pretty up. My son really loved it for his back yard