Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Restoring Lawn Furniture


Restoring Lawn Furniture
Restoring Lawn Furniture - Reviewed

Here is how I restored some old wooden lawn furniture. My parents bought this furniture back in the 80s for their new patio and used it for many years.

Many years ago I was helping my mother clean out her basement where this furniture was stored. I told her that I would carry it up to the patio and she said no I'm just going to throw it away.

 I wouldn’t hear of it, so she said if you want it, to take it to your house. I had the two chairs and one lounge chair stored in my garage for a couple of years. Then, I decided it was time to take it out and use it on my deck.

At that time all this furniture really needed was cleaned up. After several years of use on my deck, the furniture was in need of some tender loving care. Pictured are the two chairs all restored and ready for the summer.

Materials I used to restore this lawn furniture:

·         Fine Sandpaper (120 Grit)

·         Tack Cloth

·         Exterior Deck and Patio PaintSpray Paint 

·         New Lawn Furniture Cushions

Tools I used for this DIY:

Wire Brush


Socket Set

3-inch nylon paintbrush

Here is how I restored my lawn furniture:

1. Over the years some of the screws and bolts began to loosen. Using a screwdriver and socket set I tightened all of the screws and bolts.
2. I then wire brushed all of the springs under the cushions to remove the rust. Then, made sure they were all secured to the wooden sides of the furniture.
3. Using the wire brush again. I Wire brushed all of the wood surfaces to remove any of the loose paint.
4. The last step of preparation, I sanded all of the wooden surfaces with fine sandpaper. I used 120 Grit. Then take the tack cloth and wipe the surfaces to remove any dust or sanding residue.
5. I painted the furniture with a latex deck and patio paint that you can buy at any hardware store. I carefully painted the furniture with a 3-inch nylon paintbrush.

About every three or four years I follow the same process to keep this lawn furniture looking good. This lawn furniture is over 40 years old and we are still using it and it is so comfortable.

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Here are a few of the simple tools that I used for this project:

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  1. You're restored patio furniture looks great, Sam. Items from the past are often better quality then some of today's, so it's well worth the effort to keep it looking good with a little TLC.

    Reminds me of my grandmother's New England saying: "Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."

  2. Nothing is made as well now as it was made 40 years ago! Totally awesome that you have restored the wood patio chairs that once belonged to your mom. They look beautiful Sam and clearly ready for many more years of reliable use. We also prefer to restore and I appreciate your instructions for properly restoring wood lawn furniture.

  3. Looking great Sam, funny we just finished repairing some chairs we got from my MIL, they are dining room type chairs but we use them on the balcony. Maybe one day I'll share our rejuvenation, in the meantime yours look great! Good Job!

  4. Sam, I agree, today most products, including lawn furniture, are designed for “planned obsolescence,” so that consumers will need to replace them more often. You did a beautiful job restoring this well made set and giving it a new lease on life. It deserves the TLC you are giving it. So glad you and Fran will continue to enjoy it for years to come!

  5. You have done a wonderful job of restoring the garden furniture. I always think it is good to see if furniture can be restored rather than discarding and buying new. I think its great to upcycle older furniture for a new lease of life! I love doing projects like that. Now you can relax and enjoy the summer:)

  6. I love working with things we already have and making them new again. There's such a satisfying feeling to doing that. You did a terrific job with these; they look so comfortable.


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