June 13, 2010

Better Then Ever Deck Furniture!

Brian and I love sitting out on our front deck, drinking our morning coffee or eating a meal prepared on the BBQ, all while enjoying our view of the Fraser River and waving at neighbours as they walk past.

At the beginning of last summer we purchased a sweet little table and chairs – a teak-look set in a style that we both really like. The colour was great too… that necessary hit of orange that I love and have incorporated throughout our home. The photo below was taken when the set was new.


The thing about “teak-look” is that it’s not teak, a nice hard wood that wears wonderfully in the elements. So after one full summer & a little bit of autumn hanging out in sunny, rainy, hot and cool weather (they spent the winter stored in our attic) the finish on the wood has faded horribly, and the wood itself has even started to crack in spots.



So yesterday I pulled out some deck stain I had sitting in the basement, left over from my friend Kate’s out-door project – she gave it to me SURE that I’d find a use for it.

Well wouldn’t you know it? I did… she knows me so well! HaHa!!

Here, the table is done and I’m about to start on one of the chairs. What a great difference hey??! Even though it’s a bit of a drag to work around the slats, the table looked so terrific that I didn’t mind tackling the more nook-n-cranny chairs… you see, they fold so I had to make sure that whether closed or open, all wood was covered in the new stain. A lot of work, but worth it!!


Here’s a closer look at the table top… I LOVE how the original orange-ish stain peeks through in the sunshine!


The final results are FANTASTIC!



A perfect place to sit and enjoy a refreshing glass of lemonade!


I’ve promised my BC BlogGIRLS friend Nancy from Marcus Design an invitation to drink margaritas on my front deck and now I have a lovely place for her to relax!

Well… almost…

Take a look at my next deck project – I’m going to paint this horribly decrepit Adirondack chair, and it’s twin that sits next to it, in a lovely ORANGE! I lost the orange of my table and chairs when I stained them, but I’ll get it back in these two comfy chairs!! They’ll both look wonderful in orange with the new cushions I purchased for them!!


ButterflyI’m sharing this transformation with the readers of Between Naps on the Porch. Thanks again to Susan for hosting Metamorphosis Mondays, a phenomenally popular blog party!! Be sure to make your way back to the party for more before & afters!



Allison Shops said...

Nice makeover! I've done that with our Adirondack furniture on our lower veranda.
Dropping by from Met Monday, 18ft island kitchen.


Kelee Katillac said...

Very nice customizing!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

well done...looks like a great place to sit and relax

Marcus Design said...

Awww, I feel so lucky, thanks for mentioning our planned date Victoria!!! I can't wait to chill on your pretty patio with you. First off, your chairs and table look amazing, and I love the striped cushions you chose to pair them with. Second, the lemonade looks sooo tasty. So here's an idea, how bout I come help you paint your lovely chair orange and then we have drinks to celebrate a job well done?? And I'll bring treats too! ;) Great work as usual Victoria!


Donna @ Paisley and Perspective said...

I love the new look of the wood - and what a lovely spot for lemonade! Great job Victoria! Wish I was closer - I'd join you and Nancy :D!

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Kathysue said...

Victoria, wow that looks amazing love the fabric in the pillow for the soon to be orange chair. What a fun porch you are going to have, Enjoy relaxing! Kathysue

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

The furniture you stained looks new now and I can't wait to see those chairs orange. That will look great.

Lisa said...

I think they look even better now than they did when they were new! Can't wait to see the orange chairs!

Anonymous said...

Lovely transformation! I see why you would love to sit out here! You're good! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Catherine @ van Breugel Design said...

Your deck looks like such a perfect spot to sit and enjoy the sunshine and a lemonade. Your photo of the table looks like it's right out of a magazine - it's beautiful. Love it! Can't wait to see the chair painted orange I think it's gonna be perfect.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks like you get some nice shade on your deck, too, Victoria. Love the table and chairs set; it looks fantastic! Did you apply a poly over the stain or some protectant? Those adirondack chairs are going to look great orange. Can't wait to see them done!

Decor To Adore said...

This is a truly wonderful transformation. So creative and clever!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

They look super. I would love to sit there and enjoy a glass of lemonade with you. hugs ~lynne~

unique unique design said...

What a transformation! They look great and the pics are wonderful. I want a raspberry, please. :)

Steph@TheGraniteGurus said...

Wow, your furniture looks great!
This was the perfect post for teak-look porch furniture is in desperate need of a re-stain.
I've been procrastinating because I'm so great at procrastinating!
Anyway, yours look gorgeous and that's just the motivation I needed to get mine done.

Emma said...

I need to do the exact same thing with my outdoor table. I hope it turns out as well as yours.

Susan said...

Nice to see your deck set and know that somehow, someway you must be able to sneak some downtime from all of your projects... :) to enjoy a little r & r.

I have a little tip that helped me maintain my wood furniture. The product is called Helmsman protector. It's a satin finish to go overtop of your stain to keep it protected and looking good. It works like a charm, just make sure to give it a really good stir or it will be shiny.

Now if it were me I'd likely choose to enjoy a margarita with you... oh I wish.


Kat said...

Really nice Victoria. I love the cushions you chose for the Adirondack chairs, can't wait to see them in orange! I would love to sit on that deck with you and share a drink, it looks so nice and quiet! Kathy

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Wow, Victoria! Your teak set looks brand new & really great! Thanks for the nice comment on my daughter's bedroom!I am having fun redecorating both of my teenage daughter's bedroom. Their rooms are decorated as differently as their personalities!

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

What an amazing transformation! I love the dark stain you picked, it looks really sophisticated.

I LOVE the way you styled it up for the photos, from the pillows to the flowers, yummy lemonade and raspberries. Everything looks so scrumptious!!

micah said...

you sure brought that furniture back to life, and those chairs are going to look fabulous in orange!

Jane Taylor said...

Wow Perfect! You transformed the chairs and the table so beautiful. Look like a new one.
Jane Taylor
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