Today we tell you a technique to restore our garden furniture or even to recycle antique furniture. The furniture that we have disused as wooden chairs or tables can be restored.

Usually we have old furniture or furniture that we want to recycle to place in the garden or terrace. It is very common that this furniture is not in perfect condition, usually the wood begins to discolor and lose that effect again.

This is because we often buy affordable or affordable furniture and after a few years that furniture begins to look in poor condition. And that they assured us that this furniture was made of acacia wood, chestnut, or even teak, ideal to withstand the inclemency of the weather. But do not despair, we can still have our furniture recycled in the garden.

How to restore wooden furniture for outdoor?

It is important to remember that our wooden furniture for the garden will be outdoors most of the time. Having said that, let’s move on to our guide

The furniture of acacia or chestnut, can be for outdoor but if they are not treated properly, they will not support the direct action of the sun nor of the rain.

In theory outdoor furniture is not restored, since they are made with tropical woods and these are the only ones that accept special oils. But this concept is relative, since we can paint our outdoor furniture with a painting for patio furniture or terrace.

This type of paint is designed so that the wood supports better the rays of the sun, the water and even the own humidity.

We must use a specific type of paint, because when we paint on a tropical wood, the paint is not applied correctly and is lost.

This is usually caused by the perspiration or exudation that these types of garden furniture designed with these woods have.

Anti Tannin Paint or varnish for exterior wood

wood paint


For the reasons mentioned we need to give an anti-tannin background to this type of wood. We are going to use:
A brush or brush that is used to paint wood.
A water-based paint, which as we said, should be special for tropical woods or contain anti-tannins.
For the restoration of antique furniture we use (primer – lasur).

We usually find this type of paint for tropical woods such as exterior wood varnish, or anti-tannin background. You could also use chalk paint. In our case we will use an antitann primer or background.

Restore old wooden chairs or tables

A point to consider, is that we are going to disassemble our furniture to be able to work in a more comfortable way sanding or cleaning the furniture.

To disassemble or disassemble our furniture, it is important to check that the furniture is all attached with screws, since if the legs are glued with glue, we should avoid disassembling them. This is because we can break the furniture, especially if it is something old.

Then we will disassemble the furniture only in those parts that are fastened with screws.

It is useful to mention that many times our furniture is loose or mismatched, and just in addition to painting it to look like new, we will also make you feel like new. And this we achieve in part, disassembling and reassembling the furniture with good adjustments.

We will use the so-called “allen keys” or a key that adapts to the screws of our furniture.

We will need two allen keys, one for each side. On one side we hold the screw to prevent it from moving and on the other we make some force to loosen the screw little by little.

If we want the work to be a little faster, we can also use a drill that has a tip “allen type” incorporated. In this case and given that we will work faster, as we disassemble the furniture we must pay attention to where each piece goes.

If we have several wooden chairs to restore or paint, it may be advisable to restore one completely and use it as a model for the rest. The only thing we should not do is disarm several chairs and have many scattered parts by our workshop

RESTORING FURNITURE: The Sanding Process

Sanding is an important part in the restoration of furniture, so it is always better to disassemble our furniture, to be able to sand with greater precision. If we like the idea of ​​restoring old furniture, sanding is as important as the application of paint.


Sanding allows us to clean the furniture properly, only care should be taken in the type of sandpaper, because if we use a very thick sandpaper or if we use steel wool, we could damage or scratch our furniture. Therefore we must use a medium grade sandpaper.

With the sanding we remove all the remains of old paints or varnishes and in the case that our furniture has never been painted, when sanding it we can leave the wood even or homogeneous.

In the case of the restoration of chairs or armchairs, perhaps we want to restore an armchair made with pallets, we need sanding with bevels to be able to sander the boards that make up the backrest of the chair or armchair.

If in the sanding process we find stains or dirt difficult to remove, we could use coarse grain sandpaper and we should apply it only where we find these stains.

When the sanding is ready, we still do not proceed to paint. First we must remove all the dust that may have remained on the wood and for this we use a rag or damp cloth to help us clean all sanded surfaces.

Restoration: The task of painting wooden furniture.

For those who love DIY, it may be the most engaging task, but if you are a beginner, a secret that you should know is that before beginning the painting process, it is advisable to stretch the bristles of the brush well.

This is done to prevent any loosened bristles from falling on the furniture or falling on the paint, because if this happens to us we will start with a setback.

The first layer of paint that we apply on our furniture, should be generous. This is because we want the wood to absorb as much paint as possible.

It is good to know that generally the “primer” has a wood type color and also includes solar protection for wood. After applying a generous first layer, let dry about six hours.

Reassembling the Furniture.

After the first coat of paint has dried, after at least six hours. It is good to reassemble the furniture carefully. We must adjust the screws and verify if it is necessary to replace any of these.

Once the furniture is assembled, it will be easier to start with the second stage of furniture restoration.

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