Friday, June 29, 2012

Adirondack Chair Make-over…

We have a nice little shady spot in our yard…under some beautiful Redwood Trees. I placed a couple of handmade Adirondack chairs on some flagstone pavers to create a cozy spot to relax.

Unfortunately…the chairs get a lot of wear and tear from all of the outdoor elements, and this year they were in desperate need of a little sprucing up! Here is what they looked like before…


The original white paint was faded and worn, and they were covered in a layer of pollen and spots of mold…yuck! Who would ever want to sit and relax on one of these?!

First step was to give them a good wash. I just used my own solution of water and bleach, with a stiff brush. Making sure to get all the moldy spots, top to bottom…



Then after letting them dry for a couple of days I gave them a light sanding and a couple of coats of white paint. I used Sherwin Williams paint  Solo - 100% Acrylic Interior/Exterior Latex Paint.

This versatile, self-priming, low VOC paint can be used almost anywhere – on surfaces both inside and out. It is available in several finishes. I used the Gloss finish on my chairs.

Here is what they look like now…


I added a couple of outdoor pillows in coordinating colors…



I also re-painted a wrought iron side table in bright orange, see post here,  and added some whimsical yard art for fun…


Now I enjoy sitting in this shady spot, watching the birds visit to feed and splash in the nearby birdbath…



Do you have a favorite spot in your yard?


  1. Love what you did Laura! And after spraying my chairs, I can appreciate how much time it would take to paint those suckers!! Well done!

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  2. They look fantastic, and I love the seating area you created!

  3. Hi Laura! So happy to find your blog. These chairs look fantastic and are such a great transformation. I look forward to seeing more of your projects and perusing your posts. Also so great to connect with another Bay Area blogger!


  4. Your chairs now look brand-new! Love the coordinating pillows and the touches of orange (table and lights). What a beautiful sitting area!

  5. They look great! I actually posted on the same exact thing a couple of weeks ago, but you did yours the "right", sanding...I just sprayed and hoped for the best! ;-)

  6. They are just lovely! And, the pillows are perfect. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand day! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  7. Your chairs turned out great! I love the bright pillows too! Your space is lovely!

  8. I am a new follower. I have to repaint my adirondacks, so thanks for the inspiration. The final vignette looks great! Stop by and say Hi sometime soon....


  9. Thanks for sharing this at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Thanks for the link back. Could you check it on your end? When I click on The Dedicated House it goes back to the Elegant Nest. Hope to see you again next Monday. Wishing you a grand week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. The chairs a fresh and bright and very welcoming. I like the bright colors you put with them. Thanks for the tips on the paint. So happy you linked to Potpourri Friday! Hope you will make it a weekly party stop!

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