Decked Out for Summer Entertaining

Outdoor Dining Furniture Makeover

Remember this beautiful Faraday outdoor dining table and chairs that I bought last year from Pottery Barn? Well, they weren’t beautiful for long. After exposure to the sun and summer rains the finish faded, bubbled, and peeled off. So within a few short weeks after I purchased the set, it looked like it had been exposed to the elements for years.

I’m typically a big fan of Pottery Barn, but this purchase was a huge disappointment. Normally, I would have returned the item or asked for a replacement but I loved the style of this set so much I figured I’d just strip the finish off and refinish it in the spring. Well, that’s exactly what I did this past weekend, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

deck furniture makeover

Just look at this beautiful finish. It not only looks as good as new, I think it looks better than new. First, I stripped off the old finish with Strip-X Paint Remover, then I gave it a really good sanding (that was the most time-consuming part), and followed that up with three coats of Minwax Wood Finish in red mahogany. I love the new stain, the color is deep and rich. The type of Minwax I chose also contained polyurethane which resulted in the beautiful glossy finish shown above. And I’m pleased to report that it rained like crazy today and the finish is A-OK.

I found the cute lime and white polka dot pots at AC Moore. I bought the pots of fake grass at Pottery Barn several years ago. I’ll be posting pictures of my decked-out deck next plus photos of this weekend’s family summer watercolor fest, so stay tuned.

8 Comments on Decked Out for Summer Entertaining

  1. shreejacob
    June 25, 2013 at 7:31 am (8 years ago)

    can’t wait to see the photos! oh and awesome job oh the table :)

    • afternoonartist
      June 27, 2013 at 5:22 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks, Shree. It took a lot of elbow grease to strip off the old stain, but it was worth the effort.

  2. Cindy D.
    June 25, 2013 at 11:48 am (8 years ago)

    Wow, that really is a terrific color. My goodness, another big project! You probably didn’t even get much stain on you. I can imagine trying to do such a thing myself… stain everywhere (and possibly some on the table where intended). I do like those lime polka dotted pots too!

    • afternoonartist
      June 27, 2013 at 5:25 am (8 years ago)

      I really love those lime polka dot pots, too. And the best part was they were on sale for $2.99 a piece. I used plastic drop cloths and rubber gloves to help contain the mess.

  3. Pat
    June 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm (8 years ago)

    The table looks great!


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