3.21 2013

Weatherproofing a Wood Table

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~ As promised, I’m back to show how I prepared this CL table for use on our back patio ~

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I haven’t started on the benches yet ~ I’m sure I will finish them to match the table color, then find a bright outdoor rug to ground the table and define the area.

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We are just starting on our patio space, and one of the first things Kevin did was hang these cute outdoor lights overhead.

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The lights create the right amount of bling and ambiance while hanging out back.

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    Anyway, back to the process of refinishing the table.

First, I sanded through the old stain and finish with 120 grit electric sandpaper. Then, I smoothed it all over with 220 grit. You can see the table after sanding here.

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Next, I used a pre-stain wood conditioner, since pine is so soft and porous and the wood would have otherwise looked too blotchy. The stain color I chose was what I had on-hand, Minwax oil-based special walnut.

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Since the final finish was going to be applied with my spray gun, I chose a water-based product. This is Spar Urethane in satin, which is supposed to be good for furniture used outdoors, as it claims to expand and contract during changes in temperature. I applied 5-6 coats, and will be sure to update at a later date whether or not I would recommend the water-based Spar. They make an oil-based version, and that is what I would have used if I were brushing this product on. But, my spray gun wins almost every time, and I go for the easiest clean-up :)

p.s. I could only find the water-based Spar at Home Depot; my Lowe’s only carried oil-based.

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Whomever built this otherwise amazing table used PINK wood filler all over it!  I mean, it was everywhere.

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So, after staining, I took some acrylic craft paint and a small brush and blended the pink in with the rest of the table color.

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After painting….

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…and after sealing with the topcoat.

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Here’s one more shot of the finish that I am expecting to hold up to rain and the major AZ temperature swings.

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Up next is a boy’s antique dresser set in midnight blue!

8 thoughts on “Weatherproofing a Wood Table

  1. Thanks for sharing the process and products for re-finishing your table. Shudder at the pink filler! Great fix with the acrylic craft paint. I love your choice of benches for seating. Have you considered using a different color of stain for them (darker?)? The strands of lights are so cute. What a great area!

  2. Love ALL your recent posts C! Glad to see you back at it :) This table is awesome! You did a great job on it (no surprise there:). LOVE your lights and back patio. What a pretty place to spend time as a family. You guys are doing beautiful work on your home! Tell K hi for me and nice work on getting those lights up, certainly sets the mood :)

  3. Hi Christa, I just happened upon your blog. I too love refinishing furniture. I was wondering if you would recommend the water-based Varathane for someone who doesn’t have a sprayer? I use brushes for everything. I have a wooden table&chair set on my back patio as well. I acquired a stain+polyurethane mix from a neighbor. It was labeled as being sufficient for outdoor furniture, but after 4 months I can tell it’s beginning to wear already.

    Also, when I do use another top coat would I need to re-strip the top or just apply over top? (I haven’t had to go back on my work yet, so I’ve never done this!)

    Thanks in advance, I love your projects.

    • It’s so hard to say without looking at the project. I would probably sand off as much of the finish that looks like it is wearing and restain and apply the topcoat. If I were to just brush I’d use oil-based (work outside) because the brush marks level out better, sanding in between coats per the directions. that’s about all the advice I can give without actually seeing a picture :) Feel free to send me one.

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