Weatherproofing a Wood Table

how to waterproof wood furniture for outdoors

As promised, I’m back to show how I prepared this CL table for use on our back patio ~

I haven’t started on the benches yet ~ I’m sure I will finish them to match the table color, then find a bright outdoor rug to ground the table and define the area.

We are just starting on our patio space, and one of the first things Kevin did was hang these cute outdoor lights overhead.

The lights create the right amount of bling and ambiance while hanging out back.

Anyway, back to the process of refinishing the table.

First, I sanded through the old stain and finish with 120 grit electric sandpaper. Then, I smoothed it all over with 220 grit.

Next, I used a pre-stain wood conditioner, since pine is so soft and porous and the wood would have otherwise looked too blotchy. The stain color I chose was what I had on-hand, Minwax oil-based special walnut.

Since the final finish was going to be applied with my spray gun, I chose a water-based product. This is Spar Urethane in satin, which is supposed to be good for furniture used outdoors, as it claims to expand and contract during changes in temperature. I applied 5-6 coats, and will be sure to update at a later date whether or not I would recommend the water-based Spar. They make an oil-based version, and that is what I would have used if I were

brushing this product on. But, my spray gun wins almost every time, and I go for the easiest clean-up :)

p.s. I could only find the water-based Spar at Home Depot; my Lowe’s only carried oil-based.

Whomever built this otherwise amazing table used PINK wood filler all over it!  I mean, it was everywhere.

So, after staining, I took some acrylic craft paint and a small brush and blended the pink in with the rest of the table color.

After painting….

…and after sealing with the topcoat.

Here’s one more shot of the finish that I am expecting to hold up to rain and the major AZ temperature swings.

Up next is a boy’s antique dresser set in midnight blue!