November 21, 2011

Weather Staining a Patio Set

I've been feeling very crafty lately.
If you didn't see my cardboard tommy guns project for Halloween, that post is here.

My most recent handiwork was weather staining my friend Sandi's patio table and chairs.
It's a simple set from IKEA, with a metal frame and wooden slats. Our plan was to redo the slats.

Here's what we started with and then the end product:
From this... this. Much improved, eh?
 My dad let me know the materials needed, which include:
  • screwdriver
  • rags/towels
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • paintbrushes
  • a small can of weatherproofing wood stain
  • (optional) breathing mask or bandana
  • (optional) drop cloths
For the sandpaper, paintbrushes, and can of wood stain, I paid less than $10 at Home Depot.

Let's get started! The slats first need to be removed from the frames and cleaned.
Use your screwdriver, then wet the rags/towels and wipe off dust/dirt.
Now it's time to use the 100-grit sandpaper. If you're sensitive to sawdust, it might be a good idea to use some sort of mask. Plus, I'd recommend doing this outdoors for easier cleanup.
After sanding, make sure you wipe off any remaining dust. Then it's time to paint.
Note: I thought I'd gotten a waterproofing wood stain that would show the natural grain. However, the paint can wasn't labeled very clearly, so I ended up with a white stain. Oh well; the white made for a fun look, and if the set were painted another color later, the white will serve as a good base coat. So just be careful which paint can you pick out.
Drying after the first coat, still some wood grain showing through
The second coat makes them completely opaque
 Once everything is dry, you're ready to put the slats back onto their frames. Get that screwdriver.
And you're done! Enjoy your new, vibrant patio set as you sip hot chocolate and discuss heady topics.
The craft bug has definitely bitten me. Hmm, what shall I do next? What are you working on?


  1. You should paint your own Nativity.
    I found a really cute, inexpensive one at Seagull last Christmas, but I'm sure you can find one at any craft store. Just get the little pots of acrylic paint and some sort or gloss sealant and you're good to go!

    I'm trying to finish up my costume for Heritage Carolers--just a few more things to stitch on and then I'm done with crafts until after Christmas-I'll be lucky if I get my tree up this year!

  2. Ooh that looks great. Maybe you should start crocheting...I hear that's ALL the rage these days. Ok, maybe it's not. I really have no clue. I'm working on these wooden block crafts, but we'll see what happens there.

  3. That does look a lot better. I love IKEA...a coat of paint can really change the look.

    So crafting...I am working on sewing some holiday-ish covers for the throw pillows on my couch and then I think I am going to attempt making a quilt. Oh and I have some old brass lamps I'm planning to spray paint for our living room.

  4. Sounds like everybody has some great projects going on! I am going to be doing some spackling in my room, because the previous person left gashes in the walls.

    I could maybe do the Nativity next. And then maybe I'll pick up the crocheting... haha

    Jen, I've done some quilting, and it's lots of fun. I'll see if I have a post showing my finished product, or just pics on my computer.