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A little TLC goes a long way toward giving timber outdoor furniture a new lease on life. If you think yours is looking a little weathered, follow this simple guide to revive and refresh.


1Sand the timber

First, prepare the timber by sanding with either a power sander or sanding block and sandpaper. Every surface is different, so how much you’ll need to sand depends on the surface you’re working with. If your furniture is in pretty good shape, it should only need a light sand. (And if you have any questions, remember you can always ask one of our Team Members for advice!)

Depending on your furniture, you may need to use a spanner to remove the nuts and bolts.

Green Bunnings hammer
Pro tip: Remember to don your dust mask and safety glasses before getting started.
Ryobi orbital sander on a piece of timber


Next, prepare to paint. Wipe away the excess dust with a microfibre cloth before laying down a drop sheet and placing the furniture on top.

Paint being poured into the tray


If your furniture has had oil on it, you will need to apply a primer before painting. This will create a barrier between the timber and the paint, and it will stop any oil seeping into the paint and discolouring it. Apply an even coat on every surface you’ll be painting and leave to dry.
The roller is paining the timber

4Choose your paint and colour

A fresh lick of paint works wonders in refreshing outdoor furniture. First, you have to choose the right paint and colour. Since you’re painting something that’s going to be exposed to sun, rain and wind, it’s important to select a durable outdoor paint that can withstand the elements. Also consider what colour will best complement your outdoor space.
Dulux paint being mixed

5Apply paint

Once the primer has dried, apply the paint. Give it a mix with a paint stirrer before applying the first coat. Apply with a brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies, and then go over any flat surfaces with a roller to ensure an even finish.

Leave to dry before applying a second coat

Paint being applied with a brush

6Style your space

Once your furniture is dry, it’s time to style your space! Add cushions, potted plants and any other details to make the space your own.
Table styled with lunch and pot plants

7Explore our range

Explore our range of durable outdoor paints to get your D.I.Y. furniture project started.

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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.