We’ve been searching on and off for a nice patio set that will fit a round space in the backyard. I wanted wood but he (as in my husband) wanted metal or resin. The set will be out in the sun 24/7 and metal just gets too hot and holds the heat, often after the sun goes down. His argument was that wood can’t take the heat. So, because we couldn’t agree we did nothing for what seemed like a very long time…..
Then we came across a used set of teak furniture on Craig’s List that was bleached out and faded but in great shape. I did a little online research on the brand (Nauteak) and because of its history and durability was able to convince him that it would be a good choice, so we grabbed it. A quick price comparison revealed that a similar set (one large round table complete with lazy susan and six chairs) would sell for about $3,000. We snatched it all up for a mere $400. You gotta love Craig’s List. Apparently Nauteak is recognized world-wide as an innovative manufacturer of high quality teak furniture and it has these solid marine brass fittings that add such a finishing touch. This stuff is nice. But I digress…
The set was so faded and smooth from years of being exposed to the elements that it didn’t even require sanding, thank goodness. I hate to sand and this stuff has so many slats and little spaces it would have been nearly impossible. Instead I gave it a good hosing down on the jet setting using a hose attachment and let it dry for 24 hours.
Next I used a dry nylon brush and sloughed off any remaining debris then picked up some teak oil at Lowe’s, settling on a brand called WATCO, which contains a UV and moisture resistant finish; that UV protection will come in handy since it will sit out in the sun all summer. The oil was $8.20 for one pint. You can get similar oil from Bali online but it’s about $21 for the same amount and reads the same so I chose the cheap stuff. Be prepared for a strong odor, it’s pretty offensive and best to use in an open space. Also, you can’t apply above 95 degrees (or below 50) so in Arizona that limits us to only certain months of the year to use this stuff.
Using a sponge brush I applied the oil liberally and allowed it to sit for 15 minutes then rubbed it in with a soft cloth. The furniture was so thirsty it took three separate applications this way. While the entire process took several hours and four pints of teak oil, it was well worth it. It came out beautifully and will need a touch up every three months or so, depending on how it weathers.
We spent a total of $438 on the table, oil and brushes. Check out the before and after photos to see the transformation in the coloring. It’s fun to see what a little patience and elbow grease can do!