Having furniture that you keep outside on your patio or balcony (such as is found from outlets like Casual Living & Patio Center) is a great way to make sure that space actually gets used. If you don't have the furniture readily available, people are going to choose to sit elsewhere because they don't want to worry about dragging everything outside and then dragging it inside again. However, being outside all of the time can be rough on the furniture, especially wooden furniture. Wooden furniture, when exposed to wind and water, can have its protective coating stripped away and can have water invade its structure, resulting in rotting. Here is how you can protect your wooden furniture when it is outside so that you don't find yourself constantly replacing it.
1. Choose a Paint Color That You Like
The best way to protect your outdoor wooden furniture is to make sure that they have a protective finish on them. An opaque finish is going to protect your furniture more effectively than a clear finish because it will ensure that the UV rays from the sun are also blocked, as well as the wind and the rain. Go to the paint store or a hardware store and choose a paint color that you like and that will compliment your patio, balcony, or garden. While you are at the store, also purchase fine grain sandpaper, a paintbrush, and some spray primer.
2. Sand the Furniture
First, you are going to need to sand the furniture so that it is totally smooth. If your furniture is dirty, make sure that you wipe down each area before starting to sand it. When you sand, move with the grain of the wood in sure, smooth strokes in order to make sure that everything is sanded evenly. If you are trying to get rid of an old coating, consider using a chemical paint stripper first and then sanding down the furniture to its wooden core.
3. Prime the Furniture
Once you have sanded the furniture and removed all of the dust that resulted from the process, you are going to need to prime the furniture. By making sure that you prime the furniture, you will be able to increase the amount of sealant that you apply to the furniture and decrease the chances that water will find a way in. Start spraying the furniture until it is entirely covered with the primer. This coat will be thin. Allow the coat to dry and then apply another coat. Do this until you have applied several coats of the primer.
4. Paint the Furniture
After your last layer of primer has dried, dip your paintbrush into the paint and start to cover the furniture. You are aiming for multiple layers of this material as well because it will help increase the chances that everything is sealed properly. More coats also increase the durability of the finish.
When you are satisfied with how the finish looks, then all you have to do is wait for it to dry and then put it outside. Make sure that you reapply a top layer of paint every year in order to keep up the finish and make sure that your furniture is always protected.