Outdoor-Proof Indoor Furniture

Outdoor-Proof Indoor Furniture

Use designer Kenneth Wingard's instructions to bring wooden furniture safely outside.

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Learn to repurpose old indoor furniture into beautiful pieces for the outdoors. Protect your new furniture with the help of the experts from Home Made Simple TV.

Soft bristled brush
Paper towels
Mild soapy water
Cotton Rag
Outdoor furniture oil
80-Grit sandpaper
Exterior primer
Ventilation masks
Outdoor enamel paint
Polyurethane sealant




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  1. Gently clean the table using the soft bristled brush to remove any dust or loose dirt.
  2. Using paper towels, clean the table with the mild soapy water to remove any scuffs, dust and dirt. Once cleaned, allow the wood time to dry completely.
  3. Using a different cotton rag, treat the table with furniture oil, wiping along the grain of the wood. Follow the directions listed on the furniture oil packaging for specific instructions on how to apply the oil.

Tip: Use a cotton swab to apply the furniture oil to the small nooks and crannies of the table.


  1. Sand down the chairs with 80-grit sandpaper to remove the existing finish and any imperfections that may exist. Make sure to sand along the grain of the wood to avoid scratching the wood’s surface in multiple directions.
  2. Wipe the chairs with damp paper towels to remove the sawdust created by the sanding process.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, coat the entire chair with exterior primer and allow time to dry.  Be sure to wear a ventilation mask as well. 
  4. Once the primer has dried completely, paint the chairs with the outdoor enamel paint, following the grain of the wood. Allow time for the paint to completely dry. Repeat with a second coat.
  5. Once the chairs have completely dried, apply a sealant to each using the polyurethane, covering the entire chair, applying 1-2 applications.

Tip: Remember these four simple steps for preparing indoor furniture for outdoor life: Sand it, seal it, paint it, and protect it!

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