Teak Table Makeover


I have been wanting to do this “Teak Table Makeover” for weeks, but life gets crazy (see why here).  I purchased the products I needed, but after they arrived they sat outside on our deck for weeks.  Finally, my husband was able to help me get this done.  He ended up doing the majority of the labor, but I can take credit for 2 of the chairs! *** Some of the links in this post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  Read full disclosure policy here.

First, if you’re interested in purchasing a teak table, let me tell you something.  If I were you…I would not hesitate what so ever.  We love our teak table set and we are very impressed with how durable the teak wood is.  I ordered this one on line and we had to put it together.  This baby has had several brutal Winters and she is holding up perfectly.  The table and chairs are very heavy and remarkably strong (it has no signs of rotting in over 7 years).  Totally recommend teak wood for any outdoor table.  The links I high lighted above are not the exact table, but very close.

before teak table

Okay…so wait a minute.  It looks like hell, Julie.  What happened?

Winter happened.  Rain happened.  Don’t worry though, because teak wood is brought back to life very easily.  Check out how it looks now…

Teak Table Makeover

Isn’t it just gorgeous?  I could stare at it all day.  Look at that shine…


oooooo….look at this angle:

Teak Table Up close

We used 2 products to get this look after we brushed off all of the dirt and spider webs.  Note: you can sand it a little if you want, but we didn’t.

The first being Teak Oil.  It’s fairly inexpensive, and you apply it onto the clean teak wood with a brush, or a rag.  I used both and preferred a brush like this.  Make sure you use a drop cloth, too.

This is what the wood looks like after applying 1 coat of teak oil.

I could have stopped here, but we got really smart this year.  If you do decide to stop here, your table will look good for a few months.

Teak Chairs

We took it a step further, and applied our new favorite product Minwax Helmsman Spar Indoor/Outdoor Urethane.  We made sure the teak oil was dry, then we brushed it on and only used 1 heavy coat.  That’s it.

Now our table will stay beautiful a lot longer.  How long…well, I will let you know.

teak finished

Before I go, here’s another little tip we learned using  Minwax Helmsman Spar Indoor/Outdoor Urethane…it seals stumps perfectly.  This is a bark-less very dry/dead stump that my husband sprayed with bug spray, dried out for a couple more days, and then sanded it with an electric sander, and brushed on approximately 5 coats (making sure to follow directions on can).  It is perfect for indoors or outdoors.


Amazing teak table makeover!

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26 Responses

  1. Gwen says:

    I really need to do my wood. Thanks for these tips!!!

  2. karen says:

    Beautiful is all I can say.

  3. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    WOW, what a beautiful transformation. Also like your tree stump stand by the chair along with the great pop of yellow flowers.
    Why don’t you just cover your table and chairs with a tarp during the cold, winter months? It sure would protect it somewhat.

  4. Marge S says:

    Just a little FYI, hopefully you urethane the undersides of the table and chairs. We have the same teak table set, we oiled it, urethaned the tops only, couple years later the urethane started peeling, was told the moisture came up thru the bottom and caused it. What a mess now, having to sand every nook/cranny on chairs/table. Was told we needed to urethane every surface to keep it looking good and prevent the peeling urethane. We are now just going to teak oil it, early summer and late fall. Yes, we covered our set up, over the 2 winters. Hopefully you have better luck.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hopefully the Spar Varnish will do better, Marge. Thanks for your tips! I may go underneath now, too!

  5. Linda says:

    Thank you for such perfect timing. I hauled mine out of the dump. It seems it was made in about 1920 and I could only salvage three chairs, but that does not matter one whit to me. I like odd numbers. I have the teak oil, but I did not know the secret of protecting it. Would the seal do anything to the gears underneath where the extenders for the table stay? As you pull the table apart the gears cause the leaves to come up to table level and snug in. Thank you very much if you have time. Beautiful job.

  6. Carol says:

    Love what you did! Thanks for all this information, my deck is in need for improvements.

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Thank you, Carol! Decks are constant upkeep. I told my husband next time lets just do a patio 🙂

  7. Peggy says:

    Oh my goodness! Your teak wood looks wonderful! I can’t wait to see how it holds up with the Minwax. I just gave some teakwood chairs away because I was over trying to bring them back after being out in the weather. Now I wish I hadn’t.

  8. Kathi says:

    This is beautiful!
    My comment is about the RED hummingbird water. Please do not use red dye, it is harmful to the hummers. Make your own: 4 cups water and 1 cup white sugar. Easy! The hummers will drink the red, just not good for them.

  9. Ivory says:

    As always, again you knocked another one out of the park. I love what you did. I also love that style of patio table, and you just made me love it even more because of what you did to it.

  10. carol bittner says:

    Great refinishing job, it looks brand new. You really get things done Julie; no messin around…….you think it and you do it!!!! Wishing you and your family a great 4th of July week end 🙂

    • Julie Fiato says:

      Hi Carol…if it wasn’t for Rick, none of this would get done. He likes it when I’m happy. Poor guy. We have fun though! Have a great long weekend. I hope the weather is nice for you! XO ~ Julie

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  12. John Lisch says:

    Did you sand it, or use steel wool ?
    I have the same teak set and it gets splinters
    I’ve used linseed oil on the set the 1st few years., didn’t look like there was a shine on it.

  13. Jan says:

    How has the spar urethane held up through time. Do you need to sand and reapply every year?

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