Teaking Your Outdoor Furniture

Last winter we got a cover for our outdoor patio set, but admittedly we bought it a bit late and we hadn’t done any treatment to the wood to protect it from the elements.  For a bit it had sat out in rain and snow unprotected.  The results this spring were noticeable on both the tabletop and the chairs.  (The cushions we put in the shed during the winter.)

Patio Set Patio Set

Both had seen better days, but we knew we could fix it and also get it prepped for this summer as well as fall.  Our set is Eucalyptus which is a great wood for outdoor furniture, but you do have to take care of it and treat it a bit.  Our first step was to give everything a good scrub down with dish soap and water and let everything dry off in the sun.

Patio Set Patio Set

Patio Set

After everything was dry, we sanded down all the damaged spots and pulled out some of the darkest stain we could find to match which ended up being Rust-oleum Wood Stain in Kona.  It’s super dark and hopefully would blend well with the existing color.

Rust-oleum Kona Stain

This color turned out to be a near perfect match and covered all those damaged areas really well.  I just applied it with some staining rags and gloves, then wiped each piece down after 10-15 minutes.  We did reapply to certain areas that were tougher to cover and in the end they looked as good as new!

Patio Set

Patio Set

To make sure we kept it this way for good now and didn’t have to repeat this at the end of the season, we picked up some Teak Oil and gave each piece a good coat into every nook and cranny using a clean rag.

Teak Oil

The teak oil gave the pieces a nice sheen without being too shiny.  Everything just looks new and refreshed again!

Patio Set Patio Set Patio Set

The finish has held up well all summer with just one coat of teak oil and still has that shiny new look to it.  Our plan is to get another coat on in the next couple of weeks so we can get ready to winterize the patio set and get the furniture covered up.  We should have at least until Thanksgiving, but we know our time sitting outside is limited.

I hate thinking about putting everything away but with it being October 1 there’s no choice, is there?  Here in New England we’ve had our first few rainy and gloomy days of fall which has actually made some of the leaf color changes really stand out a bit in the gloom.  Some of these trees near my office in the city are usually the last to turn and wait until closer to November, but are even starting to change already.Boston in AutumnWhat sort of things are you getting ready for Fall?  Do you get out and fix your gardens and split plants during this time?  It’s on my list to learn how…

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