Video: Make Your Old Outdoor Furniture Shine Like New

With a few cleaning products, some elbow grease, teak oil, and some outdoor fabric, exterior designer Catherine Arensberg returns her old outdoor furniture to its original beauty.

Last year, I bought a secondhand teak outdoor table and added four indoor antique chairs to it to try to make it through the high traffic of pool season. If you own a pool, you know what I mean. You’re the mecca of every party, and basically the entire neighborhood lives in your pool all summer long. Or is that just me and how our pool is used? It’s so much fun, but you scramble to have enough seating for all the people popping in on a daily basis.

So I cobbled together what I felt like was a nice set, and honestly never noticed how grey and downright dirty they looked when I got them, let alone a year later after enduring the abuse of living out in the sun by the pool.

But this season, as we talked about upcoming outdoor projects, my husband asked if I was going to throw the set away. I was appalled. In my mind, all I could see was the durable teak and beautiful barley twist legs on the chairs. All he could see was how dirty it was.

So I set out to bring the pieces back to their original glory (or at least try to!) to get one more season out of the set before we gave up on it and tossed it away. And bring her back I did. With just a few cleaning products, some elbow grease, teak oil, and some outdoor fabric, the set has returned to its original beauty and will hopefully last us many more seasons to come!

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Watch the video below to see the entire process, along with some great before and after shots.

Catherine Arensberg is an exterior designer who specializes in finding ways to create your ultimate outdoor space, no matter the budget. Learn more here:

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