Salvage an Adirondack Chair

One of the great resources we have, which I’m sure many of you know are buy and sell pages on social media. One of my favorites is buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook. It was through this source that I was able to find two old Adirondack Chairs featured on this page—seeing the lifeless condition of these chairs on the seller’s post called out to me. Aside from affordability ($10 per chair), I saw its potential and knew that with a fresh coat of paint and a little bit of love and care, it has many more years left to be had. Below is a step by step guide on how I brought these Adirondack chairs back to life.

Easy “how to guide” on preserving an Adirondack Chair

  • If able, take the chair apart by unscrewing the nuts and bolts. I recommend keeping the nuts and bolts in a small zip lock bag to ensure you don’t lose any parts.
  • Sand the raw wood. I used a 100 sand grit paper, as shown below, which works well for preparing natural wood surfaces for finishes.
3M 100 Grit Sandpaper and Tilebond Wood Glue
  • After sanding, wipe off the dust particles with a slightly damped cloth and let dry. Once dry, brush off any remaining wood dust.
  • Patch any holes with a wood filler, let dry, and sand it to get a smooth finish. Also, I used wood glue to re-enforce loose screws as pictured above.
Adirondack Chair after sanding and applying the wood glue to tighten the bolts.
  • Next is the best part, choosing the paint. For this project, I decided to use a color that can withstand all the elements since these chairs will be in our uncovered patio. I took the Home Depot associate’s recommendation and chose Behr’s solid color wood stain in the shade of Royal Hayden SC – 136 for this project as shown by the example below. The paint covers well, and it only took two coats of paint for both chairs with an hour of drying period between layers.
Freshly painted Adirondack chairs.

As I predicted with a little bit of love and care, the once lifeless Adirondack chair is new again. Now, my husband and I can enjoy our newly preserve Adirondack chairs while lounging in our backyard.

What did you think of the result? Let me know on the comments below.


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