Do you have an old wooden table collecting dust? Always got an eye out for vergeside treasures?
DIY specialist Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries shows you how you can refurbish your old outdoor furniture in several quick and easy steps.
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS
DIY TOOLS & MATERIALS
- Random orbital sander with 40, 120 and 180-grit abrasive paper
- Mask and safety glasses
- Painter’s tape
- Paint, roller and tray to touch up previously painted sections
- Monocel Furniture Oil trigger pack
- Clean cloth
Step 1: Treat the table top
The blackened effect is from mould, mildew and tannins. Remove it by sanding with very coarse 40-grit abrasive paper. Finish removing the top dry layer with medium 120-grit and give underneath a quick once-over to clean off any dirt and cobwebs. Finish with fine 180-grit, smoothing over the edges and corners to avoid splinters.
Tip: There’s no avoiding this step. You could do it by hand but using an electric sander with a dust capture is more efficient and definitely faster. And the lighter and more efficient the sander, the better. My Bosch Random Orbit Sander PEX 400 AE works a treat!
Step 2: Spruce up the base
Brush the entire table to remove the dust then clean the base with warm soapy water. Apply two coats of a specialised paint that suits the base material, whether it’s timber or metal. I used a UV-resistant, water-based enamel paint, keeping it light in colour to draw more attention to the timber top.
Tip: For all-over timber style, you could sand the base and seal it with a dark finish such as Monocel Stain & Varnish in Black or Walnut, which are my two favourite tones. Use a good-quality brush (don’t scrimp on this!) to apply two coats, making sure they dry thoroughly.
Step 3: Revive the timber top
Make sure the top is completely free of dust. Begin at one end, spraying Monocel Furniture Oil in sections and rubbing it in with a cloth. Leave it to dry for a day or so then repeat the application to maintain the lovely natural finish.
Tip: I found that rubbing the oil in as it’s applied ensures great coverage on this hardwood table, although you may not need to do this with different timber such as teak. In which case, simply spray, leave the oil to absorb for half an hour then gently wipe over the surface to remove the excess.
“Removing the dry top layer of weathered timber helps the oil penetrate to protect it for more years to come,” Natasha says.
There’s no escaping the elbow grease required in the sanding, but once that’s done, it’s a simple process of recoating. Using the Monocel Furniture Oil in a trigger pack keeps it fast and simple, with no mess and no washing up.
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