How To Refinish a Teak Table and Chairs

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Tips & Tricks to Transform that Teak Table

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Refinishing Your Outdoor Table and Chairs
Teak Table Tacky?

 

When it comes to outdoor furniture, the epitome of simple elegance is probably teak. Whether it's a classic Adirondack chair, an unassuming but perfect end table or a full patio dining table set, nothing's more at home outside than teak. It's one of the most durable woods money can buy, and believe it or not, it's easy to maintain.

While there's something distinguished and comfortable about an old weathered teak table, the fact is that teak looks its absolute best when it's kept oiled to a golden luster. What's that you say, your teak table has gone to gray and looks ready for the kindling pile? That's what our Jane-in-training Amy thought too. But she soon discovered how easy it can be to bring a teak table and chairs back to its glorious, golden days.

JANE TIP: Refinishing a teak table and chairs will involve plenty of sanding. Get your hands on an orbital sander if at all possible; it'll make the work go at least twice as fast.

SAFETY TIP: Teak is a hard wood and since you'll be sanding it down to its bare essentials, you must wear a dust mask and eye protection to protect yourself from the fine dust you'll be kicking up.

Step 1

Set the Table

Find a comfortable work area in a well-lit, well-ventilated space. Spread out your drop cloth and move your furniture to the center. If the drop cloth isn't big enough, just work on one piece at a time.

Step 2

Out with the Old

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Put fresh pads on the orbital sander, don your mask, gloves, and eyewear and start sanding back and forth. The orbital sander is designed to move in a pattern that doesn't leave discernible marks on the underlying wood. Let the tool do the work; avoid pushing down too hard. Keep working the wood until it appears raw—i.e. no longer gray or weathered.

Step 3

Nooks and Crannies

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Once you've covered absolutely every surface you can with the orbital sander, use the sanding block to take any remaining surface down to bare wood. Your block may not reach down into tight spaces, such as between slats of a chair. You still need to sand it, so use folded pieces of sandpaper where you need to. Keep working until the entire surface looks like raw wood. Take breaks often; your hands will need it.

Step 4

Give it a Wipe Down

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Using a barely damp rag give all the furniture a wipe down to remove any remaining dust. After the sanding your furniture is very vulnerable, so don't place anything on it or leave it in the rain. Water spots can form and permanently stain your table and chairs.

Step 5

Rags to Riches

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Using a dry rag, apply the teak oil, one section at a time. Note how the wood positively glows as the oil brings out its rich, natural color. Keep working the wood until all surfaces have been covered. Keep applying a second (and if necessary a third) coat of oil until the wood stops absorbing oil. Give all surfaces another wipe down with a clean cloth to remove any excess oil. Let it set for an hour or so before you sit on it.

Step 6

Preserve That Loving Feeling

Want to keep that golden new look forever? Keep your furniture lightly oiled with teak oil, applying it once a month or so. Don't expose your set to rain and snow if possible. With good care, that teak furniture set can last for generations.

Congratulations! You've successfully moisturized and sealed the wood--and saved a classic piece of furniture from the scrap pile.

Dispose of your rags carefully, in a plastic bag or old can, outside the house in the garbage. Invite the neighbors over to stand in amazement and sing your praises. Just don't be surprised if they ask you to help them with their own tired furniture!

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23 comments

29
Dec

NOT SO GOOD WITH STAIN. I DID A CHAIR THAT TURNED OUT LESS THAN OKAY. I USED MINWAX. WITH THE PROJECT ON THE END TABLES, WOULD WATCO BE BETTER. AM I CORRECT IN FIRST, USING ZI-STRIP TO REMOVE OLD FINISH AND THEN SANDING THE DENTS OUT. THEN APPLYING A UNDERCOAT BEFORE APPLY IN THE STAIN. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY HELP.
21
May

For me it is really okay to create tables and chairs for our home so that we will b able to do something like that instead of buying. PMP Certification Training
21
Apr

Wow! Very detailed instruction. Thank you for sharing. I really need this because I'm finishing my own furniture. I hope I'll be able to do it right. Will fix my own garage door openers also.
17
Oct

The chairs are looking comfortable enough. Some furniture add so much elegance to its surroundings. But to make your house beautiful you need proper furniture; the same goes for office. I recently bought some furniture for my office including height adjustable desk.
30
Oct

My wife always complained about how our outdoor table looks and I decided to try refinishing it. I thought it would be easy but after several hours I understood this was taking too much time and decided to buy a cherry single pedestal table from Amish dining tables. If you want to refinish a table, arm yourselves with lots of patience because at the first glance it seems an easy task but as soon as you start doing it you realize this takes a lot of time.
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Apr

But if you do exact few step you will find results so quick. Garden Furniture
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Dec

teak Furniture looks really great. It gives a royal look to the house and makes you very much comfortable. Also the looks is satisfying. many people also try the amish furniture which has a great quality.
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Jan

 Teak wood is a brand name implying solid teak, quality, durability and excellent customer service. Looks of the furniture is very nice and unique. I always buy furniture made buy teak wood from my friend. His name is Mark Johns who is supplier of teak wood furniture. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing. I'll definitely ask him to read this.
9
Jan

The teak oil surely did the trick - it looks brand new!  I might give my ergonomic desk and furniture some oil wipe for instant color and shine.  Thanks for the step by step tutorial.
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Jan

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Apr

Thank you soo much you helped me, am so worried from last friday my son pasted something on my Garden Furniture I do not know what was that like grease and i just followed your tips and lotions and things its look like almost new thank alot this furniture was a gift from my parents :)  
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Thanks so much for sharing these tips, I plan to become really good on refinishing, I have so many furniture items in my house that need a refreshing look.
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After the sanding your furniture is very vulnerable, so don't place anything on it or leave it in the rain. Water spots can form and permanently stain your table and chairs. happy birthday Text  funny messages