Asked on May 27, 2020

How to waterproof old dresser?

Robyn GarnerPeggy BurnetteLindsay Aratari


I need a cupboard in the garden for tools and fertilizer etc. How do you waterproof it?

8 answers
    on May 27, 2020

    I think the best you can do is cover it with marine varnish, but it will not last very long - water will pool in spots and damage it. It will do better if you keep it under an over hang like a porch roof.

  • Ken Erickson
    Ken Erickson
    on May 27, 2020

    You need to seal the bottom of the legs especially. I put plastic spacers (cut up cutting board) under table legs I built for my patio. A good exterior paint should help protect the rest of your dresser. Poly would also help.

  • Kathy Gunter Law
    Kathy Gunter Law
    on May 27, 2020

    Marine varnish will help to make it last longer. You could also paint with enamel paint. Think of home exteriors. Line the areas you will have fertilizer since it is corrosive or rot will happen quickly.

  • Elizabeth
    on May 27, 2020

    Thank you. Good cautions and advice!

  • Libbie B
    Libbie B
    on May 27, 2020

    Paint with a good exterior paint and then but a few coats of poly on it. It won't be a forever fix but will help you expand the life.

  • Lindsay Aratari
    Lindsay Aratari
    on May 27, 2020

    You could use outdoor paint and then put poly on top

  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on May 28, 2020

    Hi Elizabeth, hope this helps you make your old dresser waterproof for the outdoors.

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  • Robyn Garner
    Robyn Garner
    on May 28, 2020

    Paint the entire dresser (underneath, everywhere!) with exterior house paint. Allow to dry fully and then seal it everywhere with marine varnish. This has UV protectant in it to keep your paint color vivid and it is the best exterior sealant for wood. If you want this to last a long, long time I'd suggest you use a grill cover to keep it covered when not in use.

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