Looking to waterproof your wood yard furniture? Find out the easiest way to waterproof outdoor furniture!
Did you know we live in a tropical jungle?
My hometown gets around 50 inches of rain a year. That’s some serious damage potential to my outdoor wooden furniture.
How to Protect Outdoor Wood Furniture
Do you remember these awesome industrial spools we found and turned into a patio table? You can get the full step-by-step instructions here.
Although they started with a rustic, industrial look, it was important to me that they not get further stains or cracks from exposure and moisture and outdoor use. I also wanted to avoid mildew or mold, which can be a major problem in this damp climate.
And while oil-based or outdoor latex paint or lacquer could have been an option, I didn’t want to cover up the reclaimed look of these spools. Plus, the idea of rollers, multiple coats of paint, etc. and repainting regularly to avoid fading was not appealing.
In short, suffice it to say that I was very interested in making sure we protected our awesome new spool tables, so I did extensive research to find out how to waterproof wood outdoor furniture.
And let me tell you how pumped I was to find out I could do so with nothing more than an little index finger action. 😉
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How to waterproof outdoor furniture:
I started by turning our spool table upside down and giving it one good coat according to the directions. Then I turned it right side up and gave another. One extra coat on the top and I was done.
Be sure to leave the proper drying time in between coats, but the beauty is that each coat only takes a couple of minutes and the clear coat allows the natural beauty of the wood to show.
And the tables have held up beautifully! You can see how well the water is repelled even a few months (and a VERY wet few months at that) after we applied the seal.
The importance of waterproofing outdoor furniture:
And just for comparison, here is what happens outdoors when your table is not sealed. See how the water soaked right into the wood? That will quickly cause rot, swelling, discoloration, and more.
These sealants also help me to keep the furniture clean, as a simple wipe with a clean rag now removes dust and dirt easily on the sealed surface. This makes our tables both durable and beautiful!
Our gorgeous new stamped concrete porch and antique brick patio in our backyard (get the full tour here) deserves it, don’t you think?
Do you have any outdoor furniture that needs protecting this spring? Try some aerosol sealer yourself and let me know how you like it! 🙂
Disclosure: I was compensated for my review of Thompson’s Water Seal, but as always, all opinions are entirely my own. See my full disclosure policy here.
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