The most popular blog post over the past year has been the IKEA Tullero patio table refinish (To see our step-by-step for the project click the link). After a reader asked how the table weathered the fall and winter, I decided to take some new photos and post an update.
To refresh, here’s how it looked new, before the refinish, and after the refinish:
Last spring we sanded down the entire set with an electric sander. We then stained it with Olympic stain in “Granite” and placed a UV protectant on it. The furniture should really come indoors over the northwest cold and wet winters but that space is completely full of other
crap necessary household items. I don’t really like the idea of covers either because I’ve found that with BBQ covers inevitably junk collects underneath the covers anyway. Also frogs, bugs, salamanders, spiders, and other squirmy gross things.
The refinish seemed to hold up over the season. There are only minor areas that could be sanded, stained and clear coated again. The semi-dissapointing, but not surprising thing is that the table seems to have started to warp. I’m not really upset about it though because this’ll be the third season we’ve had this table and it is still in really good shape. The chairs and bench are still in good condition and the table will still serve it’s basic purpose…a spot for my
laptop and diet coke milk bottle and coffee cup to sit during the sunny summer mornings.
Once the sunny weather becomes more consistent I’ll bring out the cushions again. Or, maybe I’ll hit up my favorite places for some new ones.