Well friends, it’s spring. Its’s time to start enjoying warmer temps and the great outdoors. This is the perfect time for sipping cocktails on the patio. On the weekends you can find me starting my day on the patio with some coffee, lounging in the sun reading a book, or chatting with friends and sharing wine in the evenings. Consequently, that means I need to get my patio in shape so that it’s a space we can enjoy. A space I want to be in. Let me show you how we brought life back to our patio set, and how you can do it too.
First, let’s talk about what I’m working with for this project. I have patio furniture that we’ve had for several years. Seriously, I’m not even sure how long at this point. It is that cast aluminum stuff that you see everywhere. Over time, I’ve replaced the cushions and that’s about it. This year, I wanted to really freshen things up; make the furniture look new again. Well, new may be a stretch, but maybe we can all agree on ‘like new.’
First things first, I pulled all the furniture out into the yard and gave it a good scrubbing ~ including the cushions. I used a bristle brush and some soapy water to clean it. If you choose to do this to your furniture, make sure that you get a cleaner that will not harm your grass or plants. Here’s what I used to get the job done.
After hosing the furniture off, I moved it back to the patio. Next, it was time to wax the furniture. Yes, that’s right ~ wax. I used some regular Turtle Wax car wax to do this. The only thing this step requires is a little shade and a lot of arm muscle. I used one clean cloth to apply the wax. It’s kind of toothpaste consistency and really easy to work with. Once you apply the wax to a small area, give it just a few minutes and allow it to dry a bit. Then, you use another clean cloth and go back over the waxed area and buff the wax off.
In the picture below, I’m trying to show the difference before buffing. The left side has been buffed, the right side has not. Can you see a difference? The right side is somewhat hazy and you can see white residue.
You will be surprised at what a difference waxing your furniture will make. It really does look like it did when we bought it. It’s not shiny, but there’s a sheen to the metal. It looks a lot better, especially if you don’t fixate too much on the white wax residue in some of the detailed areas. Mr. LouiseMarie says it’s “patina.” However, those of us who are detail oriented people know that this is really the areas where he didn’t get all the wax out. Oh well, you take the good with the bad, right?
Above is the table before we applied wax. Below you can see what it looks like post wax. Let’s not look at the paint that I dripped across the table doing another project. 🙂 #justkeepingitreal #ineversaidiwasperfect
As you can see, the waxing really did make a big difference. For just a few dollars and an afternoon of work, we breathed new life into that old set. With a pretty little rug and a few pillows, we are ready to start the cookouts and pour the wine. I hope this helps you revive your furniture or maybe even protect it now for years to come. Stay tuned, I’ll be showing pics of the total patio styling soon.
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