Caring for Your Picnic Table

Probably the most frequently asked question I get from people is “What can I use to protect my picnic tableĀ from the weather?”

Everybody wants something different!

  • some people want to paint their picnic table
  • some people want to stain their picnic table
  • some people want to varnish their picnic table
  • some people want to oil their picnic table
  • some people want to just leave their picnic table raw

I even had one lady ask me if I could paint every piece of wood a different colour for her. I let her do the painting! That’s why I sell them raw. So that when you buy a picnic table, you can choose what you want to do with it.

If you leave the picnic table raw and it is outside in the weather, it will go grey. We have two picnic tables. A 4 seater picnic table and a 6 – 8 seater. The 4 seater picnic table have been out in the back garden for about 12 months and we’ve had a lot of rain this year. That picnic table is dark grey and I noticed the other day that it looks like some of the sap is now leeching out of the wood because it has got so wet.

Oil with a 40%/60% combination of Linseed Oil and Turpentine

The 6 – 8 seater picnic table has been oiled with a 40%/60% combination of Linseed Oil and Turpentine and been kept half undercover. It was oiled over twice in a couple of days about 6 months ago and I just gave it another coat last week. That picnic table is the same honey colour it was when I first made it, except the end that has caught a lot of the recent rain. It was just starting to look a little pale in that area, which is why I oiled it again.

The Rotary Clubs that ordered all of the Cypress picnic tables for the Kinglake area painted those tables. Most of those tables will be out in the weather all of the time.