We love garden furniture – everything from Adirondack chairs to chaise lounges – particularly, we love timber look furniture. The downside to having wooden furniture is that wood rots – particularly when it is wet. The issue with things being outside is that it can rain, making your garden furniture damp. Garden furniture should be kept covered from the elements, either with a tarpaulin or furniture cover or by being stashed away in a garage or shed (or both). However, even when the best of care is taken, it, unfortunately, can still be the case that the wet and rot gets to it. In this article, we will tackle how to repair wooden garden furniture.
Remove the rotten wood
Get yourself a penknife and prod and poke the mouldy bits of the leg ends, sanding as necessary. Then you should let the leg ends dry out completely before applying a polyester resin – like a car filler resin, to build the leg ends up beyond the original length. This takes about 15 minutes to harden up and then can be sanded down to size.
A quarter of a sheet of coarse grit paper can be wrapped around a block of wood to sand the polyester resin, then it can be sanded until it is flush with the sides of the leg. From then it can be sanded at the end of each leg until it is reduced to the original length. If you sand down too much, you can just rinse and repeat the process.
After you rub it down, all you need to do is to paint it as you would hate wood – you won’t be able to tell the difference!
Practice makes perfect
While this might be a tricky job, it’s not a bad idea to try this yourself on tattered old furniture that you would only throw out if you didn’t. You may find that your garden furniture is perfect in the way it looks following on.
If it breaks – fix it!
Sometimes this polyester cap can fall off if knocked – in this case, just glue and clamp it back on -good as new!
We aren’t all DIY heroes – avoid any of this nastiness, why not get yourself a plastic Adirondack chair – it has the look and aesthetic of timber wood garden furniture, without the heavy maintenance – covering from the elements, annual sanding and treating etc.
While wood looks very attractive and appeals to our need for things to look classic, or even rustic and natural, we can now, thanks to modern advancements in technology and design, we can have this look without all the inconvenience that comes with it. These chairs are also stable and heavy, which means you don’t need to worry about them breaking or blowing away in the wind.