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Thursday, May 18, 2023

My Project for Thursday

I'm continuing on with sprucing up our outdoor living spaces . . .

after one coat of stain/sealer

I didn't wake up thinking, "gee, today would be a good day to sand and stain/seal the deck lounge chairs." I actually thought I would be finishing the pillow covers for 4 patio pillows today. I was in just the right mood to do some refinishing, though. And the weather was perfect for this work.

We've had these chairs for over 20 years. I've cleaned them in past years, but I haven't stained or sealed them since the first year we acquired them. The wood is teak, so when I have cleaned or sanded them in the past, the color is honey-golden. But I wanted the color to be darker this year.

after sanding, before staining

After giving them a really good sanding, I went in search of some stain. At the very back of a stack of 1-gallon paint cans in the garage, I found a 35-year old can of deck stain and sealer. The previous owners bought this stain/sealer for the old wooden deck and left it when they moved. The lid on the can was a bit rusted, so I wasn't sure if the stain was any good. As luck would have it, the stain just needed stirring and I was good to go. I just needed a paintbrush and rag and I could begin. 

I put one coat on today and will put a second coat on tomorrow. They're looking good so far. 

I'll get to finishing those 4 pillows another day.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!


  1. That's one of those jobs where you have to have the right kind of weather to do it, if you don't have a good indoor area to work with. I love the darker stain on them. Looks like a great location for a glass of iced tea on a hot day.

    1. You're absolutely right on the weather, Kris. Last week was dry for us. This week is a return to the drizzly days.
      I like darker teak wood, too. Now I just need those days to be hot enough to want iced tea instead of hot tea.

  2. That's impressive when the stain is older than the chairs. :) We just restained a bench we had that got a little "too

    1. clean" with the pressure washer. :) (rest of comment)

    2. Hi Live and Learn,
      Oh yes, I've learned the hard way that pressure washers can take a little too much off of the surface, too (it was paint on the house for me). Good work on getting the bench re-stained!

  3. You've inspired me to care more about the anesthetics of my living environment. I have always not given it much thought and priority. Like meal prep, I keep it simple and minimal. But caring just a bit may brighten my mood and spirit.

    Have a nice day,

    1. Hi Laura,
      What a sweet thing to say. But I also think that simple and minimal can have a pleasing aesthetic.

      I hope your evening has been a lovely one, Laura.


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