Though the process of painting outdoor furniture may seem daunting now, the best way to go about a DIY job is to be prepared. If you’re spray painting something for the outdoors, you may want to consider priming to protect against rust, Krylon recommends it However, I’ve spray painted several pieces of metal outdoor furniture without priming with only spray paint specifically designed for outdoor use, and they’ve never rusted, even after years of rain and sun exposure. Many manufacturers of outdoor fabrics warn against using anything hotter than 100 degrees. I thought I was the queen of Spray Paint but you’ve got me beat and what a wonderful writer you are.
For new decks, many professionals recommend that new wood be allowed to acclimate to its new environment before staining. When it comes to outdoor finishes, you essentially have three broad general classes to consider. To paint wood furniture, sand the wood surfaces using sandpaper, and apply spray primer before painting. Raw wood furniture is usually very smooth when you buy it, so start by roughing up the surface for better adhesion (photo 1). After wiping off the dust with a tack cloth, apply a primer designed for unfinished wood (photo 2), and let it dry thoroughly.
If you prefer to paint, prime the piece and use a paint made for outdoor surfaces, such as Rust-Oleum Restore (about $25). If this is not possible, and you only have one piece to do, I recommend using a natural bristle paint brush to apply the oil-base paint, or if you wish, use the spray can method. Stain a complete section and wipe off the excess evenly with the grain using paper towels or a clean cloth. Most brands sell a primer and nowadays it seems like most spray paints have a primer in them already.
If you are using water-based stains, you can minimize raising the grain by moistening the wood with a damp cloth and sanding. We recently started refinishing furniture to sell and our customers LOVE what these products do. We love both the performance AND terrific customer service. As soon as the stain fully penetrated the wood, but before it has had a chance to dry, I began wiping off the excess with a clean, dry cotton cloth. When painting remember this rule of thumb: Thinner coats are better than thicker coats. Both new wood and previously treated surfaces must be cleaned thoroughly with WOCA Exterior Cleaner.
Treat unfinished wood furniture to protect it from the elements and help preserve the clarity and beauty of its details. You’ve tucked geraniums and pansies into the flowerpots, checked the barbecue to make sure it’s ready to use and clipped a few new recipes to try out as the outdoor dining season begins. Paint blocks UV, too, but it has the downside of being likely to peel on horizontal surfaces (think seats and tabletops) if the furniture is frequently left out in the rain. I want to know why all the shiny silver spray paint doesn’t actually turn out chrome shiny like the cap?!
If the weather is cold, move the furniture indoors to dry; in milder weather, it’s enough to place the furniture in a garage, carport, or other shelter from the rain. Choose the Right Finish: Just as a long-sleeved shirt provides protection from sunburn, multiple coats of an exterior finish help protect furniture from UV rays as well as moisture. After numerous coats, the wood has a decent amount of moisture protection while still maintaining a natural look and no film. I painted two coats of the Chalk Paint® today and I think the porch looks amazing!
For example, with Armstrong Clark’s Wood Stains , non-drying conditioning oils penetrate the wood fiber, rejuvenating the wood where the wood’s natural oils used to be. The drying oils stay at the surface and create a matte finish that is dry to the touch. I had my fair share of paint drips and brush strokes regardless of the care I took to prevent them, so I decided that distressing was a good option for me. It was painful at first to scratch up my freshly painted piece, but in the end I’m glad that I did it. I like the look, but it also will make using it easier.
Disclaimer: This article was written by Cathryn Peters based on her own personal experiences and knowledge about the antique wicker furniture industry acquired over the last 38 years of providing wicker restoration services. The oil-based primer is what will prevent stains from the wood or previous varnishes from seeping through. I took one of the drawers back to Home Depot to show the people in the paint department, and they were blown away. Use furniture glides to raise the piece slightly off the ground so it doesn’t sit in puddles of rainwater. Beginning at the highest point, brush on your stain in the direction of the wood grain.
Give garden furniture (made of poly rattan, wood, steel, PVC, etc.) a renewed and exclusive look – even though the furniture may be several years old. Back in the old days”, I used to mix my own milk paint on old recipes when a customer desired a milk paint finish. The best part about the makeover -I did not purchase any new furniture or accessories. But today a lot of wicker-type furniture is made from synthetics, usually vinyl.
For the kitchen porch, I used a foam roller, the 4 inch kitchen cabinet roller (Whizz brand) and added an extension to the roller handle so I could paint the floor without straining my back. I find that if I have paint left over from a project I scavenge the house looking for something else to paint that color. Now that I have used all of the above spray paints on the same surface, I do have a favorite.
If it’s flaking badly, I have also found success using the side of a flat-head screwdriver blade or a house paint scraper tool, but be careful not to damage the wicker strands or weave as you scrape. This protective film can provide a beautiful high-gloss furniture look, while still allowing the natural woodgrain to show through. My first instinct was to use a lacquer because there are additives that you can pour into the paint to eliminate mildew and you can also add Penetrol, which is a self-leveling that would eliminate brush strokes but you would still would get that hard industrial coating.
We do NOT recommend buffing between coats of stain because you may remove an area of stain that cannot be re-blended. We really appreciate our customers sending us photographs of their Lazy Susan garden furniture in situ. Apply a thin, even coat of wood stain with a cloth or medium-sized paintbrush and allow it to penetrate into the wood. If you are going for the shabby chic/vintage look then you can distress the paint.
Maxwell ran the top through his tablesaw, cleaned up the cut on his jointer and installed a few wood biscuits to reinforce the joint and straighten any minor warping. Once the furniture is dry, you’re good to go. Situate your furniture where it won’t be under a drip line from a roof or tree limb. If you want a rustic look with more color, skip the Top Coat layer and apply the glaze directly to the paint. If your old paint is in good condition give it a light sand with 240grit sandpaper. Apply it with short even bursts for a smooth, durable finish that will hold up under tough outdoor conditions.
Though you might be tempted to toss it out and start over, you can probably salvage it with paint. As an artist, I believe color to be critical to good mental health, and there’s no quicker, easier way to ‘redecorate’ than by grabbing a fresh can of paint and trying something unexpected. It only requires one simple product to rejuvenate your old, weather-beaten wooden garden furniture: WOCA Deep Cleaner, which is a combination of two products (Deep Cleaner A and B) in one practical spray. So glad that Tip Junkie had you featured so that I could bond with someone who obviously shares my love of Spray Painting anything, even if it is nailed down.
This post is sponsored by Unfolded , the exclusive North American distributor for Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan While I received product and/or compensation to write a post about Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan, all efforts, opinions, happy dances, and professions of undying love for these products are my own. Apply one coat of exterior paint with a brush and allow furniture to dry completely.
If the furniture you’re working on has non-metal surfaces, such as a seat on a chair, remove them if possible. Once the wood is scoured, and stripped if necessary, then apply a deck-cleaning product with oxalic acid to brighten the wood. If your piece is already rust-free, a coat of spray paint is all it needs; black holds up best against the sun’s rays.
If you have cedar furniture or pieces made from another soft wood, a stain that blocks ultraviolet rays from the sun can be helpful, because UV rays break down wood fibers. Sand First: Before painting, sand the surface down to bare wood (or use a chemical wood stripper), so your primer will adhere well to the wood. Furniture refinishing of this sort is much closer to carpentry and house painting than it is to the skilled world of say restoring an antique table. Because spray paint is oil based, I find it has a much higher adhesion than your typical latex paints.