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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 with this budget-friendly option. See How to Refurbish Outdoor Furniture on Budget in this step-by-step tutorial.

Also, you’ll see how we saved approximately $250.00 with this DIY project.

Do You Need 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.

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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.

Need to refurbish outdoor furniture for cheap?  See tutorial

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, and we had to install them.

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

Another solution was needed.

Remove original seat covering to refurbish outdoor furniture

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.

Measure the width of outdoor bar stool seats.

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 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.

drill pilot holes into wood.

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.

Refurbished outdoor furniture with new wooden seats.

Refurbished Bar Stools

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

Wooden seats on outdoor bar stools.

We are leaving ours natural to age, like the Adirondack chairs around the pool and pier.

outdoor bar stools with new wooden seats - budget-friendly outdoor furniture makeover

In addition, to soften the seating, chair cushions were added.

How To refurbish outdoor furniture on a budget.

One Year Update

I hope you found this tutorial helpful in extending the life of your outdoor furniture. After one year, the bar stool seats have held up perfectly. They have aged to a grey patina, just like the Adirondack chairs, and we are loving the results—especially the money we saved.

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

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How To refurbish outdoor furniture on a budget.


Monday 8th of May 2023

Such a great solution. I love it. Hugs to you.


Monday 8th of May 2023

Thanks so much Renae

Anne from Simply2Moms

Monday 8th of May 2023

What a great project! It’s crazy how it can cost more to fix something than buy new. No wonder our landfills are filling up! Pinning this for later!


Monday 8th of May 2023

Anne, I agree. Thanks for stopping by.

Di M.

Monday 8th of May 2023

Wow! What a great idea. I have seen some nice outdoor furniture at estate sales but have passed on them because some of the chairs needed new seats. Thanks for the step by step instructions/photos.


Monday 8th of May 2023

I'm so glad you found this helpful.

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Sunday 15th of May 2022

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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.