My husband has a 15-year-old oak and wrought iron bench from a place that had long since gone out of business. Although it was stored on our covered patio for the winter, the wood clearly needed some work. Protecting wooden outdoor furniture is fairly easy. To start this project, Mister Jack got out the sander and prepared the wood. So the rest was up to me.
In less than half an hour, the finished project will last into the fall. The finish will last even longer if the piece is stored properly during the winter. Either place tarp over the wooden outdoor furniture or store it in a dry place like a covered patio, garage or storage unit.
Leave wooden outdoor furniture to the elements, and you will probably be repeating these refinishing tips next spring. Protect the wood, and you’ll have attractive outdoor furniture that will last for years.
Refinishing Wooden Outdoor Furniture
Wooden outdoor furniture, stripped of varnish or paint. You may also use this technique on bare (unfinished) wood.
Thompson’s WaterSeal, Waterproofer Plus Tinted Wood Protector (Natural Cedar is shown here)
Small glass or plastic container
1-2 sponge brushes
1) Stir or shake the Thompson’s WaterSeal.
2) Fill the jar with WaterSeal.
3) Paint all exposed wood with a sponge brush.
4) Let dry.
5) Repeat with more coats, if desired.