How to prepare garden furniture for winter

So winter is advancing fast! My home and garden are ready for their winter makeover. They are in need of a little prep before we all snuggle in and hibernate.

How do you prepare your garden furniture for winter?  Do you cover it all to keep it weatherproof? I can see why people do but it is not the most attractive of looks, is it?   I also know people who make room in their garage and shed and put it all away.  Again this makes sense and will most certainly protect it.  I don’t want to do either though. I like my furniture to be out in Winter so we can take out a costly blanket and sit over steaming mugs of hot chocolate and get a daily hit of fresh air. I love a winter garden.

 

My furniture project

My garden furniture isn’t quite as keen on the winter months as I am unfortunately and it is already looking a little sad and neglected.

 

How to prepare garden furniture for winter

 

It most definitely needs a little protection if it is going to stay out there during the wind and the snow and the ice and the rain.

I have never really bothered with it before and it is starting to look a bit aged and I don’t want it to fall apart of me. I have decided, after taking some advice from A DIY enthusiast friend to treat my favourite garden rocker with teak oil.

Here is what the have told me to use and what they have advised I do.

 

 

Teak oil

I am using Cuprinol teak oil for garden furniture because it has a great reputation for being a really quality product. The teak oil works to protect and enhance the wood by replacing the natural oils lost through weathering, It also helps maintain the look of the wood.

 

Harris Brushes

I am using a Harris brush to paint my teak oil..always my brush of choice, due to their exceptional quality. I never find spare strands of brush hair in my painting, the brushes are robust and good quality and give me good, even coverage. I always use them and am a proud ambassador for Harris brushes.

 

 

And so to work..

 

First

Make sure it’s a warm, dry day and that it’s not going to rain. The wood needs to be clean so the oil can soak in so give it a wipe down and if required sand off any paint or wood stain.

Then

Give the tin a good shake, pour oil into your disposable container,  only pour as much you will use or less as oil is not simple to dispose of.  Then bush the oil on to the wood evenly along the grain avoiding any overlaps to get even coverage.

 

 

To get the best protection you might want to do a couple of coats – if so leave 24 hours between coats.

 

Finally

Clean your brushes (and you) in warm soapy water.

 

 

An easy project but a very satisfying one  – it looks so much better and I know it is now protected against the elements. It took me probably 15 minutes in total for the first coat and I shall probably give it one more coat tomorrow.

Is your garden winter ready?

 

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