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How to Revive Wooden Outdoor Furniture
When the weather begins to warm up, it is time to begin thinking about decks, porches, patios, and the furniture you have outdoors. Rather than purchasing new outdoor furniture, you might want to try reviving the old furniture that you already own. There are some simple ways to revive wooden outdoor furniture. Considering the cost of buying new furniture, it might be worth a little effort to try to save what you already have.
Clean your outdoor furniture with warm soapy water.You will need to use some energy and scrub hard. It is possible that this is all your furniture needs. Sometimes a good washing will make a world of difference. Allow the furniture to dry.
Scrape off any paint that is peeling from your wooden outdoor furniture.Before you begin scraping, be sure to place the furniture on a piece of newspaper, or place it somewhere that the paint chips will not hurt the environment or make a mess. Discard this used newspaper properly when you are finished.
Sand the wooden furniture with sandpaper.Sand until the wood is smooth and clean. Again, you may want to place newspaper underneath the piece of furniture before you begin sanding. Sanding prepares the furniture for painting.
Choose the paint color you would like to use to paint the wooden furniture.Look through magazines or search home decorating websites to get an idea of what color you would like for your outdoor furniture to be painted. Try to choose a color you will be satisfied with for at least a year.
Decide whether you will use spray paint, or whether you are going to brush the paint onto your wooden outdoor furniture.Make sure the paint you purchase is weather resistant and for the outdoors. Consider getting a water based paint that is easier to clean up when you are finished painting. You may also want to look for a paint that is easy on the environment.
Position the furniture away from any other objects you might harm when painting.If you are spray painting, you will need to be aware of the direction the wind is blowing. Once again, the furniture will need to be positioned on newspaper, cardboard or something that the paint will not damage.
Apply 2 coats of paint.The first coat will count as the priming coat for the wooden furniture. Try to cover the furniture with the paint completely. It will help if the furniture dries between coats.
Wash stained wooden outdoor furniture with a deck wash.You can then re-stain after giving the furniture a good wash. You may prefer the stained furniture to the painted furniture.
Purchase new outdoor pillows and accessories to further spice up and revive older outdoor furniture.Be sure pillows are made of weather resistant materials. Choose colors to compliment your clean and possibly newly painted or stained furniture.
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