Anticipating sunny summer days, lots of outdoor family activities, barbecues and get-togethers with neighbors and friends makes me excited to create a warm, welcoming outdoor space where we can sit back and relax, together. Furnishing and decorating the beautiful deck, at our new home, is one of my warm-weather goals. Now, if warm weather would only settle in, I’d be set! Nebraska weather is consistent in that it is incredibly INconsistent. After experiencing some gorgeous seventy and eighty degree temperatures in early and mid-April, the urge to get started on that deck project has been strong! But, even though it’s nearly May, we’ve reverted back to freezing, winter temps, cloudy skies and rain. Snow is even predicted for Sunday. Oy!
I received a package from Wayfair, this week. It was the wonderful unfinished Adirondack chairs I’ve been waiting for! Even though it was too cold and wet to assemble and paint them, outside, I wasn’t going to let a little cold keep me from at least putting them together and getting them painted. Once the project was finished, I decided to share a few tips to build and paint Adirondack chairs, that I learned along the way.
If I build them, summer will come, right? Actually, I should say, if THEY build them summer will come. David and our middle granddaughter were the two talented carpenters who assembled the chairs for me. We set up a mini shop area in the garage and the chairs came together, beautifully. Even in their natural, unfinished state they were attractive, but after our grandkids and I painted them to coordinate with the color scheme I want for the deck, I was thrilled with how pretty the chairs turned out. It will be fun to incorporate them into an outdoor living space with our existing patio furniture. As an added bonus, they are incredibly comfortable. I can’t wait to sit back and relax in these fantastic Adirondack chairs, this summer!
My Finished Product
Try as I might, lovelies, I could not change this Nebraska weather for you. Mother Nature rained on my parade, even this morning, as I hoped for one final chance to get pictures in the sunshine. But, since we’re friends, I know you’ll help me out. Run quick and put on your ruby flip-flops. Click your heels together three times and then squint reeeeaaally hard. Imagine these gorgeous Adirondack chairs on this deck, but the deck is dry and the sun is GLORIOUS. Imagine a fresh pitcher of Blueberry Lemon Iced Tea and the laughter of happy people, relaxing comfortably. Now, you’ve got it! Thanks so much! You’re a peach!
Tips to Build and Paint Adirondack Chairs
- Choose a quality Exterior Paint. Your chairs need to stand up to sunlight and all kinds of weather conditions, not to mention the wear-and-tear of people sitting in them. Choose paint specifically made for outdoor projects. One with a warranty of 10 or more years is ideal. I bought paint with Primer in it, but if you don’t, you’ll also need to purchase Outdoor Primer.
- Sand the furniture pieces to remove any splinters and/or rough spots. Then wipe them down to remove any dust.
- I assembled the chairs first and then sanded and painted. If I had to do it over, again, I would sand and paint BEFORE assembling. Once the chairs are assembled, it is more difficult to reach in between, under and behind all the slats and sections to apply the paint, evenly. Doing the sanding and painting, first, would eliminate that problem.
- Apply the paint in thin coats, allowing each coat to dry, before applying the next. I recommend applying two to three coats, to help the finish be even more durable and weather resistant.
- Assemble the chairs, using the instructions included.
- Once they’re finished, move your chairs to a comfortable spot in the yard or on your deck/patio. Create a furniture grouping that is inviting and comfortable for friends and family.
Sit Back and Relax
Enjoy the fruits of your labor and share some special times with the people you love! Make great memories and have a fabulous summer, my friend!