Outdoor Furniture: 3 Ways To Spruce It Up


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It's officially spring and that means the weather is nice enough to spend more time outside. If you enjoy time outside with your family or friends, you know how important it is to have outdoor furniture where everyone can sit, relax and enjoy each other's company. If you have had your outdoor furniture for a few seasons, you may notice that it is getting dull and dingy. Before you spend a lot of money on new outdoor furniture, try these tips to spruce up the old.

Power Wash
Sometimes grime and dirt can get stuck on your outdoor furniture and make it look a lot more worn and old than it really is. You can use a power washer and some extra-strength detergent to get it clean and looking good as new. Be sure to spray from the top to bottom and in all the nooks and crannies. Even if your outdoor furniture doesn't look as good as you thought when you have finished power washing it, you will still have a better idea of what you are working with.

If you want to give your outdoor furniture a new life, a fresh coat of paint can do the trick. If the furniture has cushions, be sure to remove them before painting. Use outdoor paint that is made for the type of material that your furniture is made from. Certain types of furniture may need to be sanded before being painted.

New Cushions And Throw Pillows
If you have outdoor furniture that is looking old or boring, some new cushions and a few throw pillows can make it look new again. You can purchase new cushions almost anywhere that has a lawn and garden department and you are likely to find it on sale in early spring or late fall. Even if your outdoor furniture doesn't currently have cushions, you may still want to add some to create a new look.

Before you go out and buy new furniture, work with what you have to see if you can make it look good again. You can give your old outdoor furniture a makeover much cheaper than you can buy new.

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