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Winterizing outdoor furniture made from live edge pine, oak, fir, and redwood is crucial to protect it from the elements. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

Materials Needed:

  • Soft-bristled brush or cloth
  • Mild soap or wood cleaner
  • Sandpaper (medium grit)
  • Exterior wood sealant or finish
  • Paintbrush or applicator pad
  • Plastic sheeting or tarp
  • Rubber gloves (if using sealants)


  1. Clean the Furniture:
    • Brush off any debris using a soft-bristled brush or cloth.
    • Use a mild soap or wood cleaner mixed with water to gently scrub the surface. Rinse thoroughly and let it dry completely.
  2. Sand Rough Surfaces:
    • Inspect the furniture for any rough patches or splinters.
    • Lightly sand these areas using medium-grit sandpaper until smooth.
  3. Choose a Sealant or Finish:
    • Select an exterior-grade sealant or finish suitable for the wood type (pine, oak, fir, or redwood).
    • Make sure it provides protection against UV rays, moisture, and temperature changes.
  4. Apply the Sealant:
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the chosen sealant or finish.
    • Use a paintbrush or applicator pad to evenly apply the sealant on the entire surface of the furniture.
    • Apply multiple thin coats rather than one thick coat for better protection. Allow proper drying time between coats.
  5. Cover or Store:
    • When not in use during winter, consider covering the furniture with plastic sheeting or a tarp.
    • Store the furniture in a sheltered area if possible to protect it further from harsh winter conditions.
  6. Regular Maintenance:
    • Throughout the winter, periodically check the furniture for any damage or wear on the finish.
    • Touch up any areas that show signs of wear by lightly sanding and reapplying the sealant as needed.

Recommended Sealants or Finishes:

Wood TypeSealant/Finish
PineSpar urethane or marine varnish
OakTeak oil or polyurethane
FirTung oil or outdoor wood sealer
RedwoodLinseed oil or clear penetrating sealer

Remember, proper maintenance and periodic reapplication of sealants will help preserve the beauty and longevity of your outdoor live edge wood furniture, especially during winter when it’s exposed to harsh weather conditions.

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