How To: Rejuvenate Wooden Patio Furniture

What you will need

  • Sandpaper or sanding sponge
  • Dust mask
  • Cloth
  • White spirits (if required)
  • Paint brush
  • Disposable gloves
  • Furniture stain or oil
  • Dust sheet


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  • 1 If patio furniture is left exposed to the elements it can get very weathered looking very quickly. Before treating the wood, you must ensure it is clean and dry.
  • 2 Lightly sand the wood evenly and remove any loose wood fibres. Completely remove any varnish or paint already on the furniture prior to application. Make sure to wear a dust mask when sanding.
  • 3 Wipe down the furniture with a cloth soaked in white spirits after sanding.
  • 4 Before staining, if required, cover the area where you will be working with a dust sheet. There are many types of stains and oils that can be used on garden furniture so choose the finish you would like – in this case we are using a dark oak stain. Stir the paint well before applying. Use a good quality brush designed for water based finishes to apply the paint.
  • 5 Apply the paint in the direction of the grain. You may only need one coat if the paint dries with a consistent finish. If a second coat is needed, sand lightly with a fine grit sandpaper before applying the paint.
  • 6 Now your wooden patio furniture is rejuvenated.