While you’re most likely back at work by now, February’s warm weather makes it an ideal time to refresh your home and tackle new DIY projects. While there is plenty of time for lazy days at the beach, you may also wish to make the most of the sun and long daylight hours and get stuck into some jobs at your place. Resene Paint Expert Murdo Shaw shares his top tips and advice for February DIY.
Refresh outdoor furniture
“Summer is a good time to reassess your outdoor furniture which might be looking a little down-at-heel,” says Murdo. “Many choose to do this in late spring but if you haven’t already done so, now is an ideal time to sand wooden furniture and spruce it up with Resene paint, stain or oil. Even old metal furniture can be painted and revived.”
First, treat timber furniture with Resene Moss & Mould Killer to remove any moss, mould and dirt that has built up. Remember to follow the instructions on the pack. Give bare or stained timber furniture a clean with Resene Timber and Deck Wash then sand down any rough areas and wipe away sanding dust. Or for painted furniture, use Resene Paint Prep and Housewash in place of Resene Timber and Deck Wash.
For a stained or oiled finish, apply two coats of your chosen oil or stain. Popular choices are Resene Woodsman Wood Oil Stain available in a range of colours, Resene Furniture and Decking Oil for a very natural look or Resene Timber and Furniture Gel with its non-drip application,
For a painted finish, prime with Resene Quick Dry waterborne primer undercoat and then topcoat with Resene Lumbersider Low Sheen in your chosen Resene colour. Resene Lumbersider Low Sheen is a great choice as it is very durable and easy to apply. If you prefer a higher sheen finish, you could use Resene Lustacryl semi-gloss or Resene Enamacryl gloss waterborne enamels instead. The lower the gloss level, the more any imperfections will be hidden. The higher the gloss level, the easier the furniture will be to wipe clean.