How to Restore Wood Furniture

Put a fresh face on a tired wood chaise lounge with a color-block paint job in a fashionable ombre effect.

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Lounging Around

The weather is great, and all you want to do is lay in the sun while you flip through your favorite magazine. But when you go to sit on your lawn chair, you realize you might be better off on the ground. If your wood lawn furniture is peeling or splintery, a new paint job may be just the ticket. Don't take our word for it, try it yourself!

Before-and-After Furniture Makeovers

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What You Need

  • Wood chaise lounge 
  • Sander with medium-grit sandpaper 
  • Drop cloth 
  • Primer 
  • Deck paint 
  • 2-inch angled paintbrush

How-To

Step 1: Sand the chair so the frame and slats are smooth. Remove dust by wiping the chair with a damp cloth. Let dry.

Step 2: Place the chair on a drop cloth, and apply a coat of primer with a paintbrush, covering every nook and cranny. (We used Sherwin-Williams PrepRite ProBlock Primer/Sealer in White.) Let dry overnight.

Step 3: Cover the frame and legs of the chair in two coats of white paint. (We used Rust-Oleum Restore 4X Deck Coat in Graywash.) Allow the paint to dry for two hours after each coat.

Step 4: To create an ombre look, paint the top half of the back's slats in the lightest shade (Rust-Oleum Blue Sky). Let dry for two hours, then cover with paper for protection. Paint the other half of the back's slats in medium shade (Porch). Let dry, and cover with paper as before. Then paint the seat's remaining slats the darkest shade (Lagoon). Let dry overnight before using the chair.

Decks and Wood Finishes

Unlimited Ombre

If you have a set of lawn furniture, try switching up the ombre effect so that one chair is light to dark, and the other is dark to light. You can also do a mid-based ombre, where it is light in the middle and goes darker on both ends. The options are endless!

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