How to Refresh Your Garden Furniture on a Budget

Get your garden in good shape this summer, just in case the sun decides to pop out from behind the clouds. Giving your garden furniture a good clean, or a fresh coat of paint, can make a world of difference.

How to revamp garden furniture on a budget

How to Clean Garden Furniture


Make a homemade cleaner from half a cup of bicarbonate of soda, a bucket of hot water and a squeeze of washing-up liquid. Soak a clean cloth in the mixture before cleaning your furniture.

Quickly remove any dirt from plastic garden chairs and tables with a garden hose or pressure washer. 


Rinse with hot soapy water, gently brush away any grit then leave to dry.

Coat any wooden furniture with teak oil to protect it from weathering. 


Mix two parts cold water with one part hand wash, clean with a cloth and then wipe dry.

For metal furniture that is a bit rusty, gently sand down the area using fine-grit sandpaper to remove the rust. 


Vacuum wicker furniture for a cheat’s way to remove any dirt or dust.

Wipe down furniture with soapy hot water and make sure you dry it with a fan or hairdryer – if wicker furniture is wet for too long, mould may develop.


How to paint garden furniture


Ensure the furniture is clean then gently rub it down with fine-grit sandpaper before using a plastic paint to re-cover them.

Once the furniture is clean and dry, place the furniture on some newspaper and spray paint about 10 inches from the surface. Leave to dry for 30 minutes before spraying on a second coat. 


Clean and sand down before coating with wood paint or stain to refresh wooden furniture. 


Gently rub down the furniture with wire wool to ensure it has a smooth finish, then give it a coat of weatherproof spray paint. 


Scrape off any old paint with wire wool. Coat the furniture with an oil-based wood primer and leave to dry. Brush on two coats of oil-based paint. 

How to Refresh Garden Cushions

-Dye some plain white cushion covers in summery colours, or for a tie-dye effect, tie bunches of the cushion cover with elastic bands before dyeing.

-Ensure you read the instructions on the dye beforehand.

-Revive faded cushion covers with designs using fabric paint.

-Knit and repurpose old jumpers into cushion covers with this how-to video – perfect for chilly nights.