Bleaching Weathered Wood

2 Days

If you remember last summer we built this pretty table and benches!

Click here to check out how easy they were to build!

Well a year of being out in the weather has been rough on it!

I actually saw on Tik Tok someone using pool chemicals to bleach their Woodfence! First of all please… for the love of God do not use pool chemicals!!!!!!! If you’re not a pool owner then you may not know, but we definitely have a shortage of chemicals.

So I decided to try bleach! I used a 1:1 mixture. I started by spraying the bleach all over the table and benches and letting them sit in the sun. The benches only took 1 coat each but the table took 3-4. The next day I applied two additional coats a few hours apart. The table top was a bit challenging.

We actually had to lightly sand a few areas on the top and then apply an additional coat. It was as simple as spraying it on using a spray bottle. Some sites recommend washing the bleach off. I did spray it off a few times during the process. But, I always left the bleach on for at least four hours prior to spraying it.

I also sprayed our cedar planters and wow what a big difference!

I don’t wanna hear anything about these plants😂! These are actually the new ones.
We also built these planters! Click here to check out that project.

Now I need y’all’s help… What is the best outdoor wood sealer?

Here’s a short video of the process.

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  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz on Jul 05, 2021

    After spending time and money to build table and benches, why didn’t you put a protective finish on them?

  • Mary Jo Bender Schmidt Mary Jo Bender Schmidt on Jul 06, 2021

    Well this help take old paint of your deck to?

  • Allison Velez Allison Velez on Jul 06, 2022

    Did you start it after it was built? I'd love to do this to my picnic table but I sealed it with marine spar. Which is a good outdoor sealer btw

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  • Sissy Sissy on Jul 07, 2022

    also bleach and dawn dish detergent best cleaner for vinyl siding and gutters . a garden pump sprayer is much easier . If you wat for rain to come it is even better . I wet my house or wait for light rain to start and dop it and then whe the heavier rain starts it washes it off and does not really harm plants as much , but more delcate plantsneed protected . 1 cup of bleach to 2 gallons and a quarter cup of dawn dish detergent