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Gardens & Outdoor Living


EASY GARDEN FURNITURE MAKEOVER


The forecast is fine and sunny, perfect for a weekend relaxing in the garden but the wooden furniture set has definitely seen better days... here's a quick and easy way to give it a fresh, new look, ready for the summer!


Just follow these simple steps to achieve the best results.


PREPARING THE SURFACE – TREATING AS NECESSARY


Check carefully that all wood is absolutely dry and free from any of mould or mildew; don't forget to check underneath the table, chair stretchers, etc.


If there is mould or mildew, mix up a solution of one part household bleach : three parts water. Remember to do this outdoors or in a well-ventilated area! Completely rinse the furniture and allow it to dry out thoroughly before applying paint or stain. This home-made solution is usually sufficient for mild mould or


mildew but you may need to use proprietary cleaners specifically for this purpose if the damage is severe.


Protect the furniture from rain/damp whilst drying, either under cover in fine weather or indoors if cold but do not cover with with plastic or tarpaulin as that will not allow enough air circulation for thorough drying.


PREPARING THE SURFACE - SANDING


Once completely dried out, all surfaces to be painted require sanding. If the old finish is in reasonable condition, simply roughening the surface should suffice using coarse-grade sandpaper and working with the grain. Orbital hand sanders do make the job a great deal easi- er!


If the existing condition requires more than that, take the furniture back to bare wood, removing any old finish – best accomplished by using a quality wood stain remover.


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