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How To Refurbish Outdoor Furniture on a Budget

Outdoor Furniture can be expensive to replace so instead of purchasing new, we decided to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture on a budget. Here is our How to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture on Budget step by step tutorial.

Have you ever needed to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture?

Outdoor furniture takes a lot of abuse.

Even if your store your furniture in the off season, it doesn’t take long for damage to occur.

Maybe you only need to replace one chair or a few pieces in a set.

Wouldn’t you love to extend the life of your outdoor furniture?

It’s very expensive to just replace everything and here’s what happened to us.

Barstools need new nylon webbing!

We have a great outdoor bar and barstool set made from aluminum. Although the frames are in great shape, the nylon webbing seats have given way to dry rot.

Although the seats are no longer usable, the frames are in great shape.

In addition, the bar matches the chairs and if we purchase new chairs, everything would need to be replaced. Yikes!

Therefore, we decided the best option would be to replace the nylon seats with new webbing.


Wow, were we surprised by that quote. We could buy new chairs for what it would cost to replace the nylon webbing and we considered it. The quote was over $300.00 for four chairs.

But what about the bar? That would be much more expensive to replace.

How to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture

Not to be outdone, my clever husband came up with this idea to refurbish the outdoor furniture.

It’s a budget friendly option which cost us less than $50.00.


First, we have several adirondack chairs around the pool which are made from treated lumber. This inspired Brad to build a new seat for the the bar stools without spending a fortune.

Here’s how he refurbish the outdoor bar stools with a budget friendly option.

Measure for supplies

First, you need to measure the chair seats to determine the amount of lumber needed for each seat.

Supplies to Refurbish Out Door Furniture

Cut to size

Begin by using a miter saw to cut the treated boards to length, based on prior measurements.

Because the seats are curved, some of the boards needed to be split into smaller pieces using a table saw.

The width of each board will be determined by the placement along the curve of the chair.

If you are doing multiple chairs of the same style, you will only have to make this determination once and cut each seat bottom accordingly.

Attach new seat bottom

Begin by placing the back board on the stool and drill a pilot hole with a cordless drill in the treated board and through the aluminum frame of your chair.

Attach by adding the bolt through the wood and the frame of the chair.

Next, secure the bolt with a washer and nut underneath the chair frame.

Attach all the treated boards as above until the seat bottom is covered. If necessary, you can sand any sharp edges.

Finally, fill the screw holes with wood putty and sand.

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Refurbished Bar Stools

After refurbishing the seat bottoms, you can stain your seats or leave them to age naturally.

We are leaving ours natural to age like the adirondack chairs around the pool and on the pier.

In addition, to soften the seating, chair cushions can be added.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful in extending the life of your outdoor furniture.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!


From My Neck of the Woods No. 32 ~ White Arrows Home

Sunday 15th of May 2022

[…] friend Rachel shared how to refurbish outdoor furniture on a budget on her blog The Pond’s […]

Kristin | White Arrows Home

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Such an awesome project and great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! I'm excited to pass it on to my followers today in my weekend wrap up post From My Neck of the Woods.


Monday 16th of May 2022

Kristin, I really appreciate you for sharing this project.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Sunday 15th of May 2022

Rachel, what a clever husband you have! This is really a great alternative. We have an outdoor chair at our cabin that has broken webbing. Will show this to my handy husband to see if we can copy this idea. Thanks for sharing.


Sunday 15th of May 2022

Mary, thank you. It really did work out great for us.

Bricks 'n Blooms Weekly 80 - Stacy Ling

Sunday 15th of May 2022

[…] good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse did an amazing fix on her patio barstools that you have to see to believe! She saved a ton of money […]


Friday 13th of May 2022

Rachel I love ut. Outdoor furniture can be unbelievably expensive.

This would be something my husband would come up with for chairs


Saturday 14th of May 2022

Thanks Cindy. It was fairly simple fix and saved a lot of $$