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Weathered outdoor furniture revived

Having an Impact
Having an Impact


Worn timber outdoor chairs sanded back and coated with furniture oil.



I bought a set of outdoor timber chairs on Facebook Marketplace that needed some improvements. They had spent a lot of time in the elements, the timber was cracked, rough, dry and very grey. This is what I did to give them a new lease of life.




Step 1


Firstly, I needed to sand back the timber to see what was underneath. Using my orbital sander, I used three grits, starting with 100, then 180 followed by 240. This gave the timber a beautiful, smooth finish. 




Step 2


Halfway through. I also hand sanded the hard-to-reach areas. 




Step 3


I then needed to apply a furniture oil to nourish and protect the timber. I opted for clear so that the natural timber tones can be seen. I applied two coats of oil using a brush. As you can see, it looks very dark while wet but once dry, it should be a more natural in colour. 




This is 24 hours after I applied the oil and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The beautiful red tones of the timber are shining through. The chair looks like new again and is protected from the elements. I plan on reapplying on a yearly basis so I won’t need to do all that sanding again. 




I’ve worked on outdoor furniture before and this was by far the most far gone. I was surprised how well it came up, too.




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Before and after



Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hi @kimamery,


Thank you for sharing this project with the Bunnings Workshop community.


It is always great to see furniture get a new lease on life, and might I say it's come up a treat. 


Congratulations on your project and I look forward to seeing what else you come up with in the future.




Home Improvement Guru

Evening @kimamery 

What a return for some elbow grease! You have really brought it back to life :smile: The fiddly bits would have been a pain, how did you manage them? Only thing I can think of was a strip of sandpaper and using it like a saw to sand those hard to get places. Would have been intense.


Really nice work and love the colouring.



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