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How to Restore Wood Outdoor Furniture

When it comes to our backyard, these last 3 summers have all had the common theme of “waste not want not”.

If a shabby patio table left by our house’s previous owners needs a good scrubbin’, we scrub it.

How to revive a glass patio table

If a back porch needs a painted haint blue ceiling to give it Southern charm, we paint it.

painted Southern haint blue porch ceiling

If an outdoor space needs a little ambience, we deck it out with $3 ethereal mosquito net curtains and simple string lights and BOOM! Instant magic.

back porch makeover with breezy mosquito net curtains and string lights

This year, it was our 4 year-old outdoor wooden furniture that needed the rescue mission. So I thought I’d show y’all how we restored it all in a matter of an hour or two, made it look brand new, and saved ourselves hundreds of dollars in case you have some wood furniture needing a little love too.

How to Restore Wood Outdoor Furniture

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When we lived at our last house, we got this set of wooden outdoor chairs from World Market for our patio and loved how deep and sturdy they were. (These chairs are comparable to them.) It was definitely one of those quality purchases that we knew could last us a long time if we took good care of it.

small patio makeover with DIY string light poles

But after four years, the wood started looking dry and worn out.

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So we just wiped them down with a healthy dose of teak oil and they soaked it right up. We gave all of the screws a quick tightening too.

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For the cushions, we fired up the steam cleaner using this carpet cleaner to remove all of the pollen and mildew from the last year. (If you don’t have a steam cleaner though, this solution worked pretty well last summer using mainly common ingredients already in our stash.)

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You wouldn’t believe the amount of pollen that ended up in the steam cleaner. It literally turned into pollen paste. Bleck!

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So glad we won’t be sitting in that now.

It’s amazing what some good ol’ fashioned elbow grease can do!

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How to Restore Outdoor Wood Furniture | blesserhouse.com - How to make your dry, worn out wood furniture look like new and how to thoroughly clean outdoor cushions. #outdoorfurniture #restorewood

I’ll share more of this year’s back porch all gussied up for summer later this week. But this was a tip I couldn’t pass up, in case any of you wanted a way to stretch your existing furniture or found a good Craigslist deal on the used stuff.

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19 Comments

  1. Hi Lauren, I have that exact World Market bench and didn’t realize I could revitalize it with oil, thanks for the head’s up!!

  2. I have the loveseat to that set and was wondering how to make it look less pitiful after a couple years outside. Perfect timing on this post!

  3. Hey! Love following all your projects! Curious: have you ever posted a step by step on putting in recess lighting? Noticed your porch doesn’t have any in a before pic.
    Thanks!

    1. Hi! I don’t actually. That’s one job we’ve never done. The recessed lights were here when we moved in; they probably just aren’t as easily visible with the cream colored ceiling in that before pic.

    2. You southerners with your y’alls and your haints are as obnoxious as you are backward. Im so sick of “pr ofessional southerners”.
      Yuck. Indeed.

      1. Well, bless your heart, honey. Looks like you came to the wrong blog. Feel free to show yourself out, M. Boyd. πŸ˜‰

        1. I agree! I love love love your wonderful posts. I love your ideas and I love southern charm! Keep up the good work, girlfriend.

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