10 years of rain, sun, snow and heavy usage by the family made the supposedly indestructible polystyrene plastic on the IKEA FALSTER outdoor dining table set look shabby. So I started looking for new outdoor furniture – made out of real wood. But the prices were shocking. IKEA items used: FALSTER, IKEA outdoor dining table with chairs and bench FALSTER outdoor dining set | IKEA.com Other materials: Wooden slatsWood oil How I restored an IKEA Outdoor Dining Table Set I took a second look at the old FALSTER table, chairs and bench. It was then I realized the polystyrene slats were not glued or welded to the aluminum frames but simply screwed together. So I thought, “Why not just replace the slats?” I went to a local carpenter and bought slats made from oak. Then I removed the old slats with a screwdriver. Because oak is a very hard wood I had to do pre-drilling before I could screw the wooden slats onto the frames. Be careful not to drill all the way to the front of the slats. You can use a bit of masking tape to indicate the depth or use a drill collar to lock the exact depth you need to drill. The last step was to treat the oak with a few coats of good wood oil. The restoration worked like a charm. I even could use the old screws. And this set should last us for many more years to come. ~ by Philip You may also like these outdoor hacks #1 Folding outdoor table: ÄPPLARÖ switcheroo We modified the ÄPPLARÖ gateleg table into a folding outdoor table for our balcony. To make using the table so much easier for us, all we did was to swap the table leg from the middle to the end. This way it’s easier to open and fold down the table when not in use. See the folding outdoor table hack. #2 Hack a Garden Bar Cart for outdoor entertaining I made this garden bar cart from the IKEA FROSTA stools and we all love it so much. See the garden bar cart hack.