I have a lovely wooden bench on the porch that I got for free last spring, and it soon became my favorite coffee-sipping seat.
Furniture intended for the indoors is never going to have as long an outdoor life as its pressure-treated or rot resistant wood counterparts, but a little protection from the elements goes a long way. Materials: Most wood is by nature biodegradable, so anything not built of treated lumber (or rot resistant species such as teak, redwood, or cedar) will rot and break down with surprising speed. Glue and Finish: Most standard furniture is made with interior glues and finishes that are meant for climate-controlled buildings. Choose the Right Finish: Just as a long-sleeved shirt provides protection from sunburn, multiple coats of an exterior finish help protect furniture from UV rays as well as moisture. Sand First: Before painting, sand the surface down to bare wood (or use a chemical wood stripper), so your primer will adhere well to the wood. Seal Completely: Don’t leave any of the wood unfinished – seal every nook and cranny and fill all cracks.
Recoat Regularly: Even the best finishes wear and break down over time when exposed to the elements, so plan on recoating your furniture every year or two. You can follow comments to this article by subscribing to the RSS news feed with your favorite feed reader. I have an old wood dining room table that I would like to use as a garden table what is the best way and what product is best to se for this? I have a dark walnut varnished table and wicker chairs that I would like to use as garden furniture how can I safely restore this for outside use .
I have a hand hewn log that came from a barn that was constructed in the in the late 1860’s(maybe oak).
I have a pine table, 4 chairs and a Pine TV unit lndoor furniture I would like to use under a patio cover. Can I varnish or paint it and put rubber lugs on the leg bases to turn it into an outside table? Please can I have some much needed advice ASAP as the alternative is to sell the solid oak table for far less than its worth. I do sculpture in found wood and am considering doing some pieces for permanent outdoor display. Hi, I have noticed a lot of pianos being giving away free so i started thinking that i could turn one into a outside bar. I am anxious to try preparing a beautiful old caned chair that is not strong enough to sit on.
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My poor $600 solid wood round dining table ended up in my porch for it not at all goes with my new house geometry!


I was thinkin gof using Epifanes High Gloss Marine finish to seal my repurposed exterior dining table. I just want to seal the table good so that it will last a long time and I’m not sure what product to use to not get a glossy finish so your Matte finish on the last coat is intriuguing.
Description: This colorful rustic wooden bench will enrich any southwest or Mexican decor with its antique look rustic charm.
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Based on how quickly my bench was deteriorating, it soon became evident that unless I wanted a pile of rotten splinters on my porch, I needed to seal and refinish the bench and fast!
Whether you’re turning a ladder-back chair into a flower planter or want to put your favorite wooden rocker on the porch, here are some tips on how to get the most life out of wood furniture in the garden.
When placed outdoors and exposed to fluctuating temperatures and moisture levels, the glue in joints can come loose and the finish degrade. Since paint blocks UV rays better than a clear finish, your best bet is to apply a quality exterior primer, topped by a exterior latex or oil-based paint. There is an extension piece that fits inside so many parts to this table and clips to secure the extension piece in place. I want the natural wood grain to show with out yellowing and protected from the environment. My question is I would i use marine varnish or a waterproof paint to be able to keep it outside in Massachusetts all year?
I want to put on a sealer that is durable and thick also thinking about doing broken glass in the top of table.
Anyhow, I coated it in a 5 layer high gloss polyurethane (home depot) 14 months ago and still looks like day 1.
The one-of-a-kind character of our painted wood furniture is enhanced by the tri-tone patina color washes. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended.


Find out more about your rights as a buyer - opens in a new window or tab and exceptions - opens in a new window or tab. By clicking Confirm bid you commit to buy this item from the seller if you are the winning bidder. Import charges previously quoted are subject to change if you increase you maximum bid amount. To stand up to the elements outdoors, furniture needs to be made using waterproof glue and exterior finishes.
For a natural-wood look, apply multiple coats of exterior spar varnish that contains added UV blockers. Use furniture glides to raise the piece slightly off the ground so it doesn’t sit in puddles of rainwater. I wanted to add a wooden bench I just bought to my yard, but I’ve seen some pretty rough looking benches in my neighbors yards. Then wash the surface off with turpentine, brush carefully with a steel brush or a plastic scrub brush with the grain of wood, then after it dries coat with Spar varnish high gloss for a shiny effect or semi gloss for an antique effect. It was had always been an outdoor bench however time has had it’s wicked way with it.
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This item may be a floor model or an item that has been returned to the seller after a period of use. Wait till surface is completely dry then lightly sand with 200 to 250 grit sand paper, use a tac rag to clean then with a badger brush, apply each coat evenly. Avoid deck stains or penetrating finishes that don’t offer enough protection for untreated wood outdoors. Do I need to sand down to the wood to begin this process or can I simply rough up the top layer and add my polycrylic? I am looking for advice and a beginners step by step guide as to how to bring the life back to this bench. I am unsure of some of the terminology you are using and also do not have a knowledge of the products you are talking about above.
Understanding that indoor furniture will never last as long as outdoor furniture, I would like to protect it from the elements as best I can.
I have taken this on as my own project and would like to surprise my mum by restoring her dads bench.



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