Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Fun color project finally done~Adirondack Chairs

I thought the day would never come that I would finally be finished with the 6 Adirondack chairs that I've been working on since I posted here. So what date was that?? April 17th. To my defense, we have had other projects going on, like our back yard spa/grill area.

Here is a photo of all the chairs before I started redoing them. They don't look bad in this before picture, why?? because you're not getting to see them up-close. 

Once I started sanding the chairs, I noticed that there was a LOT of rotten boards. The first chair that I sanded, primed and then painted wasn't all that bad. A little work filler did the trick BUT when I started on the 2nd, 3rd and so on EVERY. SINGLE. CHAIR. had to have major work on them. When I say major, I mean replace boards. This is where my hubby and son come in. They had to take the old boards off the chairs to use as a template, sometimes prying off the boards because the screws/bolts were rusted, also having to cut rusted screws/bolts that broke, cut new boards the exact size of the old ones, same width and thickness which meant each and every board had to go through the planing machine more than once. Even the arms of several of the chairs had to be replaced with new boards and wouldn't you know several of them had to be the side with the drink holder.

On several occasions, it would have been easier just to build a whole new chair instead of repairing the old. One chair ended up with 7 new boards having to be replaced. There were arm boards, seat boards, back bracing boards and leg boards all being replaced. My hubby used Redwood, Cedar and Walnut wood. He has lots of wood so we used what we had on hand.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you wonder to yourself~Why did I start this project?? What was I thinking??

Here are several pictures of the work in progress of different chairs.

 This arm was replaced with Redwood
This one had both arms replaced
This one had both back legs replaced due to rotten boards

This one had lots of rotten-ness going on. Even after wood filler we ended up replacing them. Wood filler is not wood. Ha, who knew! .My hubs seen this and said "Sorry hon, that won't work".

This one was another major redo
This one had 7 boards replaced
Side by side of them after board replacement, before sanding, priming and painting. Oh, I did seal each and every leg bottom that touches flat so to help keep water from absorbing up the wooden legs.. Should help keep them from becoming rotten again anytime soon.
Wow, this is becoming a long post...Sorry.. Now on to the finished Adirondack Chairs. 

Transformations From The Heart

Transformations From The Heart

Transformations From The Heart

Transformations From The Heart

Transformations From The Heart

So what do you think?? I LOVE THEM, I love the colors...they look so fun and lively beside our pool. They are just clamoring away saying "Come sit in me, RELAX &DREAM, feel like you're at the BEACH. I'm all full of new-ness, shiny-ness and color"!
In the end, this project was worth all the hassle. I do think that my hubby plans to build some completely new Adirondack chairs when he recovers from all the wood working that he had to do on these.

Sharing at the following parties:
 Mrs. Hines Class
Wow Us Wednesday
Shabby Creek Cottage
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
 DIY By Design
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From the Heart,


  1. Your chairs look amazing! I love the colors and the words on them.

  2. It sounds like it was a ton or work but they sure turned out beautifully! I LOVE all the bright colors. Your pool side must look amazing now. The yellow chair is my favorite. Visiting from the Cowgirl up link party ~ Jamie

  3. I really LOVE them! What time should I be over for some Pina Coladas? :)

  4. I know exactly what you mean about starting projects that you wished you'd never started! But - I'm glad that you persevered because the chairs look fabulous!

  5. Yes, I have definitely done things that once I got into them I said, what in the heck am I doing this for? I can see that your "what the heck" was not a reason to give up. Your finished product is so fun, and you know they are sturdy. Love that you put your heart into it. I'm sure your family will enjoy these for a very long time. I found you at No Minimalist Here. Hope you'll stop in at Quirky Vistas to say hello.

  6. Jan,
    I love your chairs! The bright colors just say fun, fun, fun! We have 4 of them all painted the same color, but I like how you did a different color for each one. Ours are sitting on grass, so I'm getting a little worried about their legs now that you mentioned it.

  7. Your chairs looks so fresh and fun with the pretty bright colors. Love them!
    Mary Alice

  8. Gorgeous colors. So summery!! Stopping by from DIY by Design linky party.

    Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/06/kids-roll-up-nap-blanket.html

  9. Jana, Thanks so much for coming by and following and leaving me a nice note. It's funny that you have that putty too. I guess I should give mine back to my neighbor. I've had it for months! :) Stop by again, and I'll do the same. I'm following you as well.

  10. This sure is a transformation from the heart:) I love these. They would be perfect on my balcony;) Thanks for the inspiration.

    Have a great Friday

  11. So cute! This project would be perfect for my Outdoor Paint Projects Link Party this Wednesday! Hope you'll consider linking it up!

  12. Sounds like a lot of work but the chairs turned out so cute! Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a great week.

  13. Those are just fantastic! Your hard work definitely paid off and those are so fun and summer-y. Thanks so much for sharing them with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!

  14. I love how you did them each in a different color- so fun! I know what you mean when projects take forever. Staining our deck and fence seemed endless!

  15. I've said it before, but these look great! I love all of the colors! Thanks for linking to the party!

  16. Lots of work, but well worth it in the end. My wood-working son would have junked them and built new ones. He is not a patient person. I would have repaired them too. They look great and will last a long time. Love the colors.
    Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures.

  17. LOVE them! They scream summer!

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