When I moved into my white house on the hill, the house came with a patio and a semi-garden, one can say. Until then, I have always lived in apartments and only had small balconies, at the best.
I was thrilled by the idea of having a space to use outside as well and went on a hunt for garden furniture that would be suitable for my terrace. I never realized how expensive these are. After visiting numerous stores, I finally settled on a really inexpensive set from IKEA. I love that store and almost my entire house is furnished with items purchased there.
I have never been much for tending to anything that stands outside, except for my plants. The rest has been left to the mercy of sun, rain, wind and snow, therefore my furniture slowly but surely started to decay. I have oiled it occasionally, but that can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The fact that the furniture still stands is a clear proof of the superb quality of anything sold at IKEA.
I knew it was time to either throw it away or restore it and when my father offered to help on my parents recent visit, I happily accepted.
He did most of the hard work of stripping the old paint and sanding down the wood. I could not believe how beautiful the light wood was, which was hiding beneath the worn cover of old paint and flaky surface.
After two coats of red brown varnish, the garden furniture became fully restored to its original splendor. In fact, I have to conclude it looks better than when it was new. And for a fraction of the price.
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