Bob Vila Radio: Outdoor Furniture

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Apr 29, 2016 4:26 PM

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Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Outdoor Furniture.

Outdoor Furniture


Listen to BOB VILA ON OUTDOOR FURNITURE, or read text below:

Don’t throw out that old patio furniture just yet…salvaging it can be a great weekend project!

Tired-looking wooden patio furniture usually only needs a light sanding and a couple coats of stain or oil to look as good as new. For rusty metal, use a wire brush or sandpaper to remove all the rust and flaking paint. Wash it, and when it’s good and dry, give it a coat of metal primer and a couple coats of a high-quality outdoor metal paint. You can spot-sand nicked aluminum furniture and touch it up with a brush or a spray can.

You can’t repair damaged mesh slings or vinyl straps, but you can order new ones from a furniture parts supplier. Even dulled-out or mildew-stained plastic furniture can be saved with a scrub brush and some detergent or bleach and water. There’s even a paint for plastic now so you can change the color altogether if you want. Invest a little elbow grease and you may have something worth saving!

Get more info at…and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!

For more on outdoor furniture, consider the following Bob Vila articles:

Care and Repair of Outdoor Furniture

Creating Your Ideal Outdoor Room

How To: Furnish a “Green” Home