How to revamp garden furniture on a budget

Painted wooden garden furniture

Here are the best budget-loving ways to bring your garden furniture back from the brink just in time for summer.

How to clean garden furniture

Plastic

  • Make a homemade cleaner: mix half a cup of bicarbonate of soda into a bucket of hot water and add a squeeze of washing-up liquid. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture before cleaning your furniture.
  • Quickly wash away dirt from plastic garden chairs and tables with a garden hose or pressure washer.

Wood

  • Rinse with hot soapy water, gently brush away any grit then leave to dry.
  • Coat any wooden furniture with teak oil to protect it from weathering.

Metal

  • Mix two parts cold water with one part hand wash, clean with a cloth and then wipe dry.
  • For metal furniture that is a slightly rusty, gently sand down the area using fine-grit sandpaper to remove the rust.

Wicker

  • Vacuum wicker furniture for a cheat’s way to remove any dirt or dust.
  • Wipe down furniture with soapy hot water and make sure you dry it with a fan or hairdryer – if wicker furniture is left wet for too long, mould may develop.

How to paint garden furniture

Plastic

  • Ensure the furniture is clean then gently rub it down with fine-grit sandpaper before using a plastic paint to recover them.
  • Once the furniture is clean and dry, place the furniture on some newspaper and spray paint about 10 inches from the surface. Leave to dry for 30 minutes before spraying on a second coat.

Wood

  • Clean and sand down before coating with wood paint or stain to refresh tired wooden furniture.

Metal

  • Gently rub down the furniture with wire wool to ensure it has a smooth finish, then give it a coat of weatherproof spray paint.

Wicker

  • Scrape off any old paint with wire wool. Coat the furniture with an oil-based wood primer and leave to dry. Brush on two coats of oil-based paint.

How to refresh garden cushions

  • Dye some plain white cushion covers in summery colours, for an instant update. For for a tie-dye effect, dunch up sections of the cushion cover with elastic bands before dyeing. Make sure you read the instructions on the dye beforehand.
  • Repurpose old jumpers into cushion covers with this how-to video – perfect for chilly nights.
  • Revive faded cushion covers with designs using fabric paint.

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