Yesterday was supposed to be pretty light on the to do list, but ended up being crazy. I felt like a teacher the way I was monitoring and adjusting! Anyways, one of the nagging tasks that I hadn’t accomplished yet was sanding and staining the outdoor furniture. It was starting to show wear already (we redid the wood on my birthday) from the month of rain that we had, and I knew that the temps were only going to get hotter.
Nathan and I perused the staining section of Lowes for a while trying to pick the correct color and the right brand. There are so many options it’s ridiculous, and since neither one of us has ever stained anything, we felt like we needed to read all of the directions. Before, the chairs were pretty, but partially uncomfortable because of the hard edges on the wood.
As you can see, we used cedar which is a softer wood, but definitely smells the best and is the prettiest when it comes to color variation and overall aesthetics. I love cedar. I had to sand the edges away, and Nathan and I got two types of sandpaper, a 40 and a 120. On the first chair I learned that cedar is just too soft for the 40. It left little lines in the chair that I then had to sand out. Sanding the edges away made the chairs one hundred percent more comfortable! On the table I took away the hard edges as well. One thing I learned: Don’t be afraid to put your back into it (even if my back is sore this morning).
After the sanding, I dusted everything with a damp cloth and set up my staining station. Stain is about as fickle as paint, but the directions were clear, don’t stain in direct sunlight and don’t let the temperatures get above 90 degrees. Yesterday it was close, but luckily my beautiful back yard is full of shade because of our two big trees. I set up a tarp and got to work. Here’s the finished product:
Look at the beautiful knots and detail. If you looked closely, you would see what an excellent job I did on the edges. Smooth and rounded, I’m practically an expert.
What I especially love about this whole process is that we took something very old and worn out and made it new. Sometimes in life we get so caught up in having the new that we forget to take care of the stuff that would work just as well. We want to keep up with this family or that when instead we jut have to do what makes us happy. Nathan and I love taking in the old and making it new again, giving it new life. That’s what we did with our entire house, and we couldn’t be more happy. This furniture is officially ready for coffee mornings, sweet tea afternoons, and all the times in between.