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Wooden Outdoor Furniture: How to Paint, Stain & Maintain It.

Alright it’s that time of year again, where we are getting our yards ready for the beautiful New England summer that’s right around the corner. Though that sun is awesome and makes us all happy, it doesn’t do the same with your outside painted surfaces – from your house to your furniture, and more. In order to maintain and keep your outside wooden furniture longer, sometimes you’ve got to re:paint! But you might be wondering how? Well luckily, you’ve came to the right place. Repainting or staining your wooden outdoor furniture can be easy if you fellow these simple steps.


Step 1:

Prepare Your Piece.

Make sure its mold-free and dry. If not, remove that mold and wait for it to fully dry. Appling paint or stain on a wet surface, will just make you have to repaint a lot sooner than you might want too.


Step 2:


Sanding, this is the fun part… said no one ever. If the old paint or stain is still intact, then a quick and rough sanding in the areas that are peeling and are needing of more TLC should be fine. especially if you’re repainting it the same color. However, if that’s the whole piece then you’re better off doing the whole thing. Start with a course grade sandpaper, then once the old finish is removed finish with a finer grade sandpaper, to smooth it all out. At this time, it’s also best to repair anything on the piece that might need to be repaired.


Step 3:

It’s Prime Time…Maybe

Okay so this depends on what you’re doing and using. If you have a solid color paint or stain, then you can prime. However, use your judgment – if you feel like you need it, do it, if not then just be warned you might need an extra coat of paint or stain. If your stain is opaque, then it’s best not to prime. Primer is more solid so it will hide all the grains of the wood, which I’m guessing you’d rather show off than hide because you chose an opaque stain.


Step 4.

Paint or Stain.

When picking out a color, the most important thing to consider is: do you really like it? You can do all the research you want to on the trends, but it’s best to stick with what you like. When painting or staining it’s always best to go with the grain of the wood, to help get a smooth paint job.


Step 5

Drying & How to Maintain.

The last, yet most important step, is drying. When drying, if you can, have your pieces dry inside in a well-vented, clean and dust-free area. The outside elements such as wind, may get dust and other particles in your wet paint, causing an uneven paint job and making you have to repaint again.


Maintenance is easy. Keep the furniture in areas with no drippage, like below gutters and roof lines. Also, store the future inside during the winter and even major storms. This helps keep it safe from New England’s harshest weather. When cleaning the surface, dish soap and warm water does the trick!


Step 6

The Best Step

See, repainting your outdoor furniture wasn’t that hard – so enjoy! All the hard work pays off now. Whether you’re having a family cookout or just relaxing outside after a long day of work, your yard is at its best after a re:fresh!


re:fab is here to help with all your repainting needs. Got a paint job that’s bigger than repainting furniture? re:fab has over 30 years of interior & exterior painting experience, so contact us today at 833-807-3322 or send us a request on our contact page here: Contact – re:fab (



How to Paint & Stain Outdoor Wood Furniture | Benjamin Moore

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