I’ve mentioned before that our backyard will be a major project down the road and that we’re planning to enjoy it in its current state without investing in any major improvements until we have an overall plan for renovating the pool, building some sort of patio, putting in grass and plants, etc. Ordering a ton of new outdoor furniture for this summer was definitely not in the cards after our recent renovation, so we happily took my parents up on the offer to get a few more summers out of the outdoor furniture they’ve had for close to fifteen years. I’ve always loved the design of their white wood outdoor furniture, which they bought from Restoration Hardware when they redid the outdoor space at our childhood home. Unfortunately the wood furniture was no match for our weather in Connecticut, and leaving the furniture outside for the first several years resulted in extensive wood rot and peeling paint. But my mom was determined to get us a few more years out of their outdoor furniture and set out to restore it as best she could. We’ll still need to order our own outdoor furniture at some point in the future, but her process made a world of difference and I wanted to share in case any of you have your own old outdoor furniture that could use some help this summer!
What you’ll need:
- Dish soap
- Paint scraper
- Palm sander
- #80 grit sandpaper
- #120 grit sandpaper
- Bondo wood filler
- Bondo red cream hardener
- Bondo rotted wood restorer
- Paint and paintbrush
Step by step:
1. Clean each piece of outdoor furniture with warm, soapy water and rinse off.
2. Remove peeling paint with paint scraper.
3. After scraping, use palm sander to sand peeling areas with #80 grit sandpaper.
4. If there is wood rot, dig out the damaged wood.
5. Apply several coats of rotted wood restorer to the hollowed out wood area and allow to dry between coats (drying takes about one hour).
6. Mix wood filler and hardening cream. Apply to hollowed out area, filling the hole. Follow drying instructions on container (smaller areas harden faster; larger areas should be left to dry overnight).
7. Sand the newly filled wood area with #120 grit sandpaper using the palm sander.
8. Paint over the filled/sanded area with 1-2 coats as needed and allow to dry.
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