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Timber outdoor setting


It’s somewhat inevitable that even the most durable of outdoor settings will eventually need a refresh. From wobbly legs to a new layer of varnish or a simple clean, there are plenty of ways to give your timber table and chairs a new lease on life, ensuring they can continue to be used for years to come.

You can also apply these tips and tricks to any outdoor decking or any timber items you may have. Depending on the state of your furniture, you may not need to do every step, but it’s always worth working through each step to ensure you cover all the important elements.


1Clean surfaces

Use a brush and wipe away dirt, dust and cobwebs.
Brush wiping down timber table

2Sand timber back

Grab your safety equipment and use a sander block to remove flaky varnish and smooth over cracks. Don’t forget to sand your edges! Remove dust with a brush once completed.

sanding back old timber table

3Apply furniture oil

Using a paintbrush apply the furniture oil. Leave to dry.
Using a paintbrush apply the furniture oil.

4Wash your cushions

While the furniture oil is drying, grab your cushions and give them a wash. This will give them a new lease on life.

TM taking the cover off an outdoor cushion

5Get started

Now that you know how, it’s time to find the products you’ll need to transform your outdoor setting. Explore our range of products to renew timber furniture. 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.