Tips & Tricks for Revitalizing Outdoor Furniture

 
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With warmer and sunnier days (finally!) around the corner, it’s time to think about revitalizing your outdoor furniture for enjoying the nicer weather. Whether you have a wicker sofa in need of new outdoor-approved upholstery, teak furniture that could use some weather-proofing and maintenance, or a vintage iron garden chair that’s rusted a bit past that patinaed look, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks on how best to care for your outdoor furniture.

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Indoor/Outdoor Upholstery

An instant upgrade for your outdoor oasis is replacing your furniture’s upholstery. We are happy to report that gone are the days of scratchy and stiff outdoor fabrics available in boring solid colors or ubiquitous awning stripes. Some of our favorite brands make gorgeous, outdoor-grade upholstery fabrics that are just as comfortable and chic as indoor-only options - Perennials, Schumacher, Nomi, Peter Dunham and Pindler are some of our go-to’s. Additionally, if you need to replace the foam on your cushions, be sure to use foam that is made specifically for the outdoors. It’s a highly porous material that allows water to run through, helping to avoid any water logging and mold. We also recommend storing your cushions indoors for the winter, as well as covering the upholstery when it is not in use.

A revitalized rattan sofa for sfgirlbybay founder Victoria Smith, featuring a Hable Construction upholstery fabric and black welt.

A revitalized rattan sofa for sfgirlbybay founder Victoria Smith, featuring a Hable Construction upholstery fabric and black welt.

Powder Coated Furniture

Antique wrought iron or vintage metal furniture is a beautiful choice for an outdoor space, but if it’s not well-cared for, it can quickly fall into disrepair and begin to rust. Powder coating is a great option for treating iron and metal furniture, helping to both elevate its look and protect it from the elements. To prepare iron and metal pieces for powder coating, we first sand blast off any corrosion. We then spray on a highly durable powder finish (which are available in countless color options and various sheens) that is baked onto the furniture. A zinc undercoat can also be added for super impermeability to the elements.

A pair of revitalized powder coated chairs in the garden of Los Angeles-based designer Estee Stanley.

A pair of revitalized powder coated chairs in the garden of Los Angeles-based designer Estee Stanley.

Teak Furniture

Reviving your outdoor teak pieces should be done each season. If your pieces are in good condition, the process is as simple as giving your furniture a good wipe down with teak oil, which permeates the wood to give it a warm glow and weatherized finish. However, if your teak pieces haven’t been given the regular TLC they need, the wood may take on a dry, greyed appearance, and this is when further revitalization is needed to bring back that original glow. The process of revitalizing teak involves sanding and reviving the wood, and then sealing it with an oil. Sealing it with an outdoor clear coat is also a great, lower maintenance option, and will further help protect your furniture for years to come.

Wicker Furniture

A classic choice for outdoor furniture, wicker has also been a trending pick with top designers in the past few years for both indoor and outdoor areas. To revitalize wicker furniture that may seem past its prime, strip off old or cracked paint to restore the natural wicker color. We can also refinish a wicker piece in a fun color with outdoor-friendly finishing products, as well as suggest upholstery options for cushions to complement the frame of your piece.

Ready to start revitalizing your outdoor furniture to create your ultimate outdoor oasis? Revitaliste provides personal Design Guidance for projects, and we'll help you find the perfect fabric for your furniture - get started by getting a quote.