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Fixing Up the Garden Chairs

One of my first ever blog posts was about a cheap and fun way to add some colour to plant pots with the use of cuprinol garden shades paint. Of course this paint is designed for use with wood; but hey, rules were made to be bent right? Well today I'm using this paint again, but this time, on actual wood.

I bought a set of two wooden garden chairs about three years ago in a quick morning dash trip to B&Q to buy extra seating for a girlie BBQ I was hosting. They were pretty cheap at the time, I think around £35 for the pair, and I quite liked them actually. However three years on, they're looking a little worse for wear. I have tried to take quite good care of them in terms of wood-treatment - I apply an application of teak oil every year just before Autumn to protect the wood, which was actually pretty essential in our last home as we didn't have much storage space indoors, ao they lived outside all year 'round.

But since moving to our new house, these chairs have become a little worn in more ways than one. Not only do they look kind of grotty, but they're also falling apart, literally. The slats on the seat have all popped out, the screws have become seriously loose, and these chairs have regretfully become a health and safety disaster waiting to happen. With the sunshine out over the last week, I decided it was the perfect time to sort out these chair wrecks. As always, I forgot to take a 'before' photo - Apparently I just get so excited to get the job done.

I nailed the chairs back in to place with around one or two bazillion nails, give or take, added some gorilla glue and then gave the chairs a good sand down ready for a coat of paint.


I chose the colour 'Natural Stone' which is a kind of really light taupe-y white kind of colour - not quite white, not quite grey. That inbetween-y colour that I really can't think of any other name for other than taupe. You know what I mean right? Of course you do. Who wouldn't? I joke of course, I recommend googling the colour for more accurate photos.



Four coats and entire day later:




They're looking brand new again.. Sort-of - As long as you don't look to carefully for those bazillion nails, that is! But most importantly they're sturdy again, and useable! What more can you ask for from a chair? They also brighten up the garden immensely, and they go pretty well with the border at the back of the garden. It will be MOST lovely to have somewhere to sit and eat copious amounts of ice cream throughout the coming summer months! Another job ticked off the to-do list.

1 comment

  1. They look fantastic. The white color makes them look brand new. You are so right that the most important thing is chair to be reusable. But yours are just perfect. I hope you have more projects like this.Good to know that someone is paying attention to little pretty things! Best regards!

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