When my grandfather (Pops) was alive he loved making things with wood. He would build bird houses, wine holders, even giant hand painted cut outs. Everyone has a 4′ tall turkey and a 6′ Mr. and Mrs. Clause right? It was one of his hobbies his other one was playing cards specifically poker and 21! In fact as soon as us grandkids could count we were shouting out hit me, stand, double down, and my favorite Black Jack! Pops was a good man with an incredible sense of humor and a huge heart. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss him dearly! About 10 years ago I was lucky to have him build me a bear stool. One friend loved mine so much she asked him to make her mother one! It’s funny because Pops was a huge lover of all animals but where he got the idea for the bear stool is beyond me. In our last home the stool was protected by a small covered porch. Our current home, well not so much. Poor Mr. Bear is fully exposed to all of the elements. Three years ago I noticed that the top of the stool was in need of some love so I did a quick sanding and gave it a coat of polyurethane to seal the wood. Unfortunately that was not enough for the stool and he is once again in need of some love, and a foot repair. Today we will be teaching you how to revitalize your outdoor wood furniture without breaking the bank or your back!
Sandpaper – 80 Grit and 220 Grit
Solid Stain – Olympic Maximum in Ebony & Almond
Semi-Transparent Stain – Olympic Maximum in Oxford Brown
Before you get started you will want to wipe your outdoor wood furniture down with a damp rag. If it is exposed to the elements you are abound to have some debris or grime on there.
Start by removing the old finish by sanding. Use a palm sander with an 80 grit sand paper. Sand until the raw wood is uncovered. This will help to ensure even coverage of the stain on the top.
Use a 220 Grit SandBlaster Pro sanding sheet by 3M (Exclusively available at Lowe’s) to lightly scuff up the base. Since we are just sprucing up the color there is no need for anything other than hand sanding. The backing of the sandpaper is slightly tacky and very flexible it really makes it easy to get into the tight spaces on this stool.
For surfaces that will need a more complete coverage, begin by painting with Olympic Maximum Solid Stain and let dry. (Repeat coats as necessary)
The solid stain can be tinted for a number of different colors, so you’re not limited to more traditional stain colors!
For those areas that require more of a luminous appearance, consider using Olympic Maximum Semi-Transparent Stain!
Since Olympic Maximum Stain includes a sealant, there’s no need for any additional finish coats. Simply apply stain coats until the desired look has been achieved.
Lastly, for any small appliques or repair work, choose an adhesive that is material appropriate, like this Liquid Nail.
Revitalizing outdoor wood furniture is super easy and is a much better option than replacing it! I don’t know about you but, I would much rather get a few (hopefully 10 or more) years out of Mr. Bear or a park bench than just junking them. It’s amazing what a little TLC can do.
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Disclosure: As a Lowe’s Creative Ideas Handyman, I was provided a gift card to cover the cost of materials for my project, but I was not told what to write. All the ideas and words found here within are honest and my own!