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Spring life back into your outdoor furniture

Is the furniture on your patio or deck looking a little old? After being exposed to the elements throughout the year, it’s easy to see why outdoor furniture can start to look at a little worse for wear.

The good news is it only takes a little bit of elbow grease – and maybe other oils and paints – to restore its rustic charm, so this week we thought we’d give you a step-by-step guide on how to spring your outdoor wooden furniture back to life.

Clean

Outdoor furniture has an uncanny knack of gathering dust, dirt, leaves and cobwebs, so the first step is to give it a good clean before you get to work on restoring it. Use a brush or broom to give it a good scrub, and then give it a good hose down.

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Strip

Flaking and peeling paint is a telltale sign of weathered furniture. It also seals in moisture causing the wood to rot. The next step in restoring timber furniture is stripping it down to its natural wood.

Smooth

The next step involved removing rough surfaces by sanding down the piece, going with the grain of the wood. The effort put into this stage affects the overall result and it will be made easier if a good job has been done with the stripping.

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Stain

The furniture may now look like it’s been robbed of all colour but a stain will quickly remedy this. Apply the stain with a rag or a brush and leave time for it to penetrate through the wood (the longer it is left on, the darker it will be). Wipe off any excess stain with a clean rag and allow it to dry.

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Finish

Finishes are the final protective layer for your furniture piece. There are plenty of options to choose from with different application methods but varnishes are generally popular because of its durability and high-gloss shine. Whichever you choose, follow the instructions on the packaging to finish with a flourish.

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For more information on working with wood, give your local Hire A Hubby a call on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.

Home fencing

After your house, the fence is the first thing people see from the street and with spring fast approaching it might be time to fix up what might resemble that chicken pen you call a fence!

The fence around your home provides security, noise protection and it will help contain any pets safely inside your yard.

This week our Hubbies have put together a few great tips to help you decide what type of fence matches your needs.

Function

Function is the first consideration when deciding on a fence. What is the purpose of your fence? If you’re looking for longevity and little maintenance, steer away from products like timber that will need painting or wrought iron that may rust over time. If you live near a highway, you may want to think of a heavy fence with height. The general rule with noise is the bigger and thicker the better.

Design

Ideally a fence will have aesthetic appeal as well as function. Is your fence purely functional or do you want it to make a statement? If your home is modern, keep lines and finishes simple. Renders, aluminium and glass are great options. If your home is a classic style you may want to look at brick, timber or iron.

 

Installation

Have you ever installed a fence? It’s not simple. When it comes to installing, it might be best to leave it to a professional if you have little experience and aren’t sure what you’re doing. Measurements, levelling, setting posts are all things to consider as well as pipes and wires underground.

 

If DIY is not your strong suit give Hire a Hubby a call for an obligation free quote on 1800 803 339 or visit the website www.hireahubby.com.au.