Protecting outdoor wood furniture with teak oil is a common method to enhance its appearance and extend its lifespan. Teak oil provides a protective layer that helps prevent moisture damage and slows down the effects of aging caused by exposure to the elements.
Teak oil is a mix of various oils that is water-resistant and gives your wood a unique finish.
I wanted to upgrade our patio furniture to something a little more comfortable to hang out in. It turns out that I set I bought for a previous apartment wasn’t too comfy to sit for longer period of time. Shocker! I always find some type of flaw with items I buy too hastily and don’t put enough research in.
The chairs I got are from World Market and I couldn’t be happier with the design. The runner-up design was from Target, but when I sat in them at the store they were fairly small. These chairs are super wide and I cannot wait to snuggle up with a glass of wine at night (or beer because its hot in Texas!).
Before I could assemble the chairs, I wanted to do a little bit of DIY love to make sure they are beautiful and can withstand the Texas heat. Yes, it is a little bit more humid here, but if the air dries out then I want the wood to be protected. I decided to rub Teak Oil on the wood before assembly. For ten bucks we bought this Watco Teak Oil from Amazon.
Here are some wood-oiling tips:
- I protected the patio floor with a canvas sheet to help soak up any oil drops.
- I only applied one coat of oil then let it sit for thirty minutes. The instructions called for two, but the wood looked good with one.
- Next, I wiped it down with a dry cloth. I used one of my husband’s old undershirts.
- The instructions then called for 8-10 hours of dry time, which was perfect deciding to leave them on the patio overnight (then I assembled in the morning).
*Teak oil is specifically designed for teak wood, so if your outdoor furniture is made from a different type of wood, make sure to choose an appropriate oil or finish suitable for that particular wood species.