How to Revive Wooden Outdoor Furniture

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Wooden outdoor furniture can be revived by wiping it clean, sanding it smooth with various grades of sand paper and adding a coat of sealant, followed by a coat of varnish; this procedure should be done once a year. Bring new life to old wood outdoor... View Video Transcript

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Bill Elzey

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I'm Bill Elzey with Showplace Lawns. Let's talk about how to revive wooden outdoor furniture. These pieces are made out of cedar, this one particular a northern white cedar. But first thing you want to do with a nice clean rag of some sort, wipe it off. In some cases, depending on the condition of the furniture, you may want to wash it. And make sure it's dry, though, before you go any farther with it if you're going to wash it. But either wash it really good, or just wipe it off with a rag is your first step. Now, you can go one of two ways; a nice little, sort of rubber sanding block of sorts will work. Just lightly rub it across the top of the surface. This will help to get the heavier things off of your surface. Then follow it up with a nice, fine grain piece of sandpaper. You don't want to go with the coarse, because you don't want to scratch and put heavy things into the wood. A fine grain....or a fine like this, general purpose sandpaper is your best bet. And do the same thing, just rub it. It doesn't take a lot, especially on a piece that's been around for a while and that you have done. It should be in pretty good shape. Once you've done that, I would suggest taking the rag again, and just sorta wiping it off. Now you're ready to put a stain, a varnish, a seal coat, or a protecting type of material on it. What we use here today is a clear wood finish to put over here. Get you a nice brush, one that's flexible, make sure the brush is clean. You don't need to put a lot on your brush. It's going to take a little while to do this, but you just want to put enough on so you don't dribble, and so you don't drop it every wheres and have runs. And just rub it in. Just make sure you take a nice, long stroke, and rub that in. And that's basically all there is to that. Now, if we were finished with this, we would let this sit overnight in a nice place where air could circulate and dry, and by tomorrow or definitely the next day, it's ready to be used. And it'll serve you will. This is something that when you revive your furniture, you probably want to consider doing it at least once a year. That's it for reviving furniture. I gotta get back and finish this chair, so I'm going to let ya'll go.