The last few weeks I saw about a billion things on craigslist being given away – for FREE. Not junk either. Great amazing things including a fabulous ornate Spanish desk, industrial vintage factory cart and huge 8 foot farmhouse table. FREE!!!! Can you believe?? I whined and sulked because both my husband and I own cars that have almost zero hauling capacity. Neither one of our back seats fold down which means our trunk space hauling area is the size of a peanut.
So..all those amazing things that were free on craigslist were out of my reach. I contemplated renting a truck or paying movers but the cost of that wasn’t in my budget right now. And it kind of defeats the purpose of getting it for free, ya’ know?
I soon quit whining because I realized this obstacle was a blessing in disguise. There are so many home improvement and old unfinished projects left yet to complete at our house. My garage is stuffed with old supplies that need to be used up along with half finished furniture. Not to mention about 50 home improvement projects we need to finish. I should be focusing on that instead of stuffing my garage with more projects.
This teak patio set is one of those old projects. I got this from craigslist at least one year ago and since that time, it has sat ugly and unused on a patio area located on the right side of our home.
The table set and patio area are so hideous we never spend any time there except walking briskly by as we pass through. Also check out the fence in the background – yuck isn’t it? Well, I’ll tell you more about that later too.
Welcome stain to the rescue!
It’s been a while since I used stain and I forget how miraculously it can bring new life to dead pieces.
I had almost a full can of stain leftover from another project – Varathane “Early American”. A little stain goes a long way and this small can was just enough to cover the table and all four chairs with almost two coats. I painted one thick coat and then painted a selective second coat only on areas that needed to be touched up.
Before staining, the entire patio set was given a quick sand with this sanding pad. The sanding job was so quick it took less than 10 minutes. I wanted to lightly roughen up the surface to help the stain adhere.
After sanding, the dust was brushed off with a small hand held brush and then wiped off with a damp rag to help ensure the smaller particles were removed.
Next the stain was applied very liberally with a foam paint brush. The stain was layered on thick because the wood on the patio set was very dry and I wanted the stain to soak in well. Applying the stain was such a rewarding experience because within minutes glorious results were achieved.
It is shocking how new the old wood now looks.
Here is a before and after comparison of the first chair that was completed. Such a difference, don’t you agree?
After staining, the the entire set was painted with polyurethane outdoor sealer. I never use sealer anymore for indoor furniture (I prefer oil and wax). I think sealer is a little outdated and changes the color and effect of the stain. However, on outdoor items sealer is a necessity. Without sealant, the outdoor elements like sun and rain will weather and wear out the furniture’s surface faster.
I am so glad I started working on all my old projects. My house is really coming together now! I have completed so much and even stained that fence that was in the background (which I will share the “how-to” with you soon!). Maybe soon, I’ll start on that closet full of old sewing projects!
Do you have old projects you have been piling up?
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