it’s exposed to the elements. Unless it’s teak, redwood or cedar it will break down very
quickly so make sure you use treated lumber that is preferable teak, redwood or cedar in
your outdoor furniture.
Don’t use interior glues and finishes. These are made for climate controlled situations like
the insides of homes. You will want to use waterproof glue and exterior finishes for your
paints and stains.
There is a reason that outdoor furniture built from wood isn’t as delicate looking as an
indoor piece of furniture. All the decorative joints, such as dovetailing, in an indoor piece
When picking a finish, make sure you get the right one. Paint is always an excellent
choice because it helps protect the wood from sun damage. Prime, then paint with a latex
or oilbased pain and apply spar varnish with UV blockers. Try to avoid stains because
they don’t offer enough protection, especially if your wood is untreated.
Sand. You want your primer to adhere and adhere well so that your paint covers evenly
and sticks without chipping and cracking. Sanding gives your primer more places to hold
on to which means that your paint will go on better. It takes a little extra time but it’s worth
it in the end.
Even if you sand you’ll need to repaint eventually and you’ll want to do this regularly to
protect the integrity of your furniture for as long as possible. The best time to repaint is
once a year in the spring, right before your furniture begins to get regular use again.
If you can, protect your furniture from the elements. Rain, ice and snow can quickly
destroy even the hardiest furniture so do your best to bring your furniture inside or put it
under cover when the winter begins to set in. You’ll also want to get the feet off the
ground as letting them sit in water will encourage mold and mildew to crawl up the legs,
damaging paint and ruining furniture.
Following these tips will help to keep your furniture in use for as long as possible. They
can be used for furniture you build yourself and for furniture you find! The goal is to make
sure that you protect the wood from the elements so it remains safe and fun to use! If you
live in a place with seasons you will want to sand and repaint in the spring before the
furniture begins to be used regularly again so that it looks its best while in use and doesn’t
have a chance to be harried by the winter weather.