A Guide to Painting Garden Furniture
Give your garden furniture a new lease of life by sanding, priming and painting it. Whether you’ve found some items at a car boot sale or you’ve got a few pieces in the back of the shed, a lick of paint can completely transform their look.
Painting wooden garden furniture is easy! Just follow the DIY tips in this guide and you’ll be enjoying beautifully painted garden furniture in no time.
What type of garden furniture can I paint?
Any items made primarily of wood are easiest to paint. This might be a wooden chair, stool or table.
What paint should I use?
There are a few considerations to take into account when choosing the paint for garden furniture.
You’ll first want to choose a colour that matches the exterior of your home. You don’t want your garden furniture to clash with your home, as this can ruin the overall aesthetic of your property.
You’ll also want to consider the climate. If you live in a particularly rainy area, you may want to use garden furniture paint with additives to prevent decay. Alternatively, if you live in a particularly sunny area, you may want to use paint with UV protection. Using the right paint will ensure your garden furniture lasts as long as possible.
Which tools will I need?
You may need the following tools:
- 1 tin of gloss paint
- Paintbrushes — you may need a thick brush or roller depending on what you are painting
- Dusting brush
- Wood filler
- Rag or cloth
More advanced DIY jobs may also require:
- Saw, mallet or chisel
- Waterproof glue
- Abrasive paper
- White spirit
How do I prepare my space?
Ensure your surfaces are clean by wiping them down with a damp rag or cloth before you start. Make sure the area is clear of any valuables or other items you don’t wish to ruin. We also recommend you paint your garden furniture in a well-ventilated area. You may choose to protect the wall and floor by covering them in old newspapers.
How do I prepare the wood?
Sand the surfaces of your wooden furniture to make sure it’s nice and smooth, and then dust off the newly-sanded surface using the dusting brush. Use a dry cloth to clean any dirt and ensure that the wood is completely dry before you start. Then, apply a primer and allow it dry. This will usually take around eight hours. Primer will ensure better adhesion to the paint.
How do I paint my garden furniture?
Ensure you have suitable paint brushes for the task at hand. Smaller patio furniture may only need a small brush, whereas large items may require a thicker brush or a roller.
Open the tin of gloss paint and stir it thoroughly. Add paint to your brush and begin painting your item of furniture, starting with the underside. When painting wood, we only recommend adding a few thin coats of paint instead of many thicker ones. Repeat the process until the item is completely painted. Then, leave to dry.
All the tools you need to paint your garden furniture are available from Hitchcock & King. We’re London’s leading builders merchants, offering everything from tins of paint to pallets of bricks. Order for same-day or next-day delivery, or collect from your local branch. We pride ourselves on our stock availability and quality products, so you’ll always be able to find the tools you need to get the job done.
Contact our team today to place an order.