After seven years of use, this outside cedar wooden furnishings was overdue for a brand new look. The unfinished wooden meant that stains and filth couldn’t be simply cleaned. It was water stained and had pale extra in some areas than others. This furnishings was the excellent candidate to check out the #1 rated Olympic Elite Solid Stain.
Let’s get began!
First Things First: Choosing a Color!
With coloration chart in hand, we narrowed our decisions down to two colours. We discovered a terrific useful resource, a coloration visualizer on the Olympic web site. With it we had been in a position to check out each colours aspect by aspect to see how they appeared in opposition to the current porch carpet.
With the visualizer, we had been in a position to “see” how the coloration would look on the wooden furnishings. The on-line illustration truly turned out to be actually correct! Time to place an order at The Home Depot!
Besides the stain in the coloration, Chestnut Brown, we purchased top quality paint brushes, small paint trays, Olympic Deck Cleaner, and sandpaper. We already had the paint sticks, can opener, sandpaper holder, and drop cloths we would have liked.
To prep the porch, we laid down a water-resistant tarp and topped that with a canvas drop fabric in order that the tarp would shield the carpet and the canvas drop fabric would soak up any spills.
This furnishings had by no means been sanded to take away splintery wooden slivers between the seat slats so we took the time to try this. We purchased three grits of sandpaper from coarse, 60 grit, 120 grit and 220 grit. We primarily used the 120 grit to get rid of the splinters in addition to to even out the water staining and clear up some of the heavy soiled stains. Because this furnishings is so rustic in nature, we determined we didn’t want the high-quality smoothing of the 220 grit sandpaper.
After sanding, we cleaned up the mud with a humid rag and moved the furnishings exterior for the subsequent step.
Cleaning the Furniture
To take away the general filth, we used the Olympic Deck Cleaner. Following the label instructions, we moist down all the vegetation that could be topic to overspray. The cleaner was straightforward to use. We simply added it to the tank of our Ryobi battery powered sprayer and sprayed each bit down. We waited 10 minutes and rinsed it off. I’ve to say, the outcomes had been spectacular! Actually. we may have stopped right here and used the #1 rated clear stain, Olympic Clear Maximum, and referred to as it a day, however we wished a brand new look with a bit of coloration!
We allowed the furnishings to dry for a pair of days. We may have stained whereas it was nonetheless damp, however rain was anticipated so staining had to wait! There must be no rain in the forecast for 24 hours after staining. We obtained our window of alternative just a few days later!
Our desire is to work from a small paint tray quite than straight from the can. We dipped out paint into our trays and obtained began. Don’t overlook to stir effectively at the starting and steadily thought the staining course of.
Although we did put on gloves to preserve our arms cleaner, it must be famous that the stain cleans up very simply with cleaning soap and water and there’s no odor! It is a low VOC product.
We began on the smallest piece of furnishings first to get a really feel for the course of and to get a bit of success underneath our belt! The stain went on easily and effortlessly. It is essential to preserve a moist edge to keep away from lap marks. This was a bit of difficult on the spherical elements, however we had been in a position to keep away from making that mistake.
I did add a pair craft brushes to our instruments partway by way of the course of. There had been some tight areas that I simply couldn’t get into with our 1 half” Wooster brush. Also, a rounded tip craft brush was excellent for moving into the screw gap areas.
Clean up and Stage
Like I stated, our arms cleaned up with cleaning soap and water as did the brushes. We managed to preserve the can lid clear so we had been in a position to get a pleasant tight seal on the unused portion of the stain. We truly constructed a pair of new items to add to the porch, a C-table and a succulent holder which we additionally stained with the Chestnut Brown. All in all, with the three items of furnishings and two new builds, we used about 75% of the stain. With the exception of the glider seat, the furnishings solely wanted a single coat.
We determined to purchase new pillows for the furnishings. The Home Depot didn’t disappoint of their choices of patterns from which to select. We liked the summery really feel of these lemon themed pillows and had been excited that there was an analogous however completely different lemon themed lumbar pillow for the rocker. We picked up the teal coloration in the pillows to use on the terra cotta pots we purchased for our new succulents.
The new wealthy, darkish coloration of the furnishings actually elevates the area now. It has the really feel of a country cabin in the woods. It is simply the proper area for sipping lemonade as we get pleasure from nature from the consolation of Steph’s screened in porch.