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Restoring Outdoor Sling Chairs

Home DIY Oct 2, 2023

I love the feeling I get when the weather starts warming up and the memory of summer BBQ’s and evenings outside start coming back.

I’ve been wanting to add some relaxing chairs to our front veranda for a while and I couldn’t believe how easy this restoration was. I think most people think about cleaning up their outdoor spaces around this time of year and of course my mind goes straight to an upcycle. I found these sling chairs on marketplace for $20 and although the fabric was mouldy and the wood greyed, I could tell that the bones were still in really good condition. So I brought them home and got straight into redoing them, and to my surprise I found a way to speed up the process and get these finished in an afternoon.

Before & After



How to:


The wood on the chairs was quite weathered and grey so I began by putting the pressure washer onto them! This was super satisfying and made the sanding process so much easier as it removed the outer, weathered layer of the wood.


I then gave the whole chair a sand with an electric orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper. The wood came back to life so beautifully! 


After this, I used a paint brush and the Feast Watson Weatherproof Varnish to coat and refresh the wood. I was really surprised at the beautiful colour that it brought out in the wood!


Finally, I used the existing fabric slings as a guide to make 2 new chair slings. I simply sewed loops in each end of the cut fabric and then hemmed all the way around.

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