The little man and I spent his last week before school painting our adirondack chairs. Dan painted two at the beginning of summer and these last two have been sitting on our side yard collecting spider webs and looking desperate for some TLC.
I had no idea how much surface area is on an adirondack. Wow. Anyhoo, we used a high gloss premium paint by Evermore called Rustic Drama. It’s rather a bright yellowy chartreuse. Honestly we bought the paint a year ago but didn’t have the guts (or time) to brighten up the natural wood adirondacks till this summer. I used it last summer for the inside of a cabinet that I have yet to show you and I love it. It definitely grew on us because at first we weren’t sure. If you absolutely hate it, I won’t be offended. It seems to be an emotion evoking color and we have found that people aren’t timid about sharing their opinion when it comes to this “rustic drama.”
Our Adirondacks were the kit kind from Harbor Freight and weren’t too expensive. I didn’t want to spend my whole life prepping them so I basically just dusted off the dirt and cobwebs and said live or die. If you use a good enough paint, you shouldn’t have to do much prep. I would even suggest using marine paint for your outdoor adirondacks if you really want them to last. I live in the high desert so besides the dry climate, we get wind and snow and wood just doesn’t last around here. So you may see me adding another coat or two in a couple years.
About three and a half coats later we have ourselves a fun pop of color around our fire pit. In addition to the adirondack chairs, I painted two children’s rockers I found on separate occasions at thrift stores and gave a little bird house a make-over.
The entrance hole looked like it was hand carved with a steak knife so I cleaned it up by adhering canning jar rings with wood glue.
Love the color. Love how they are a fantastic backdrop to showcase our collectables.
Stay tuned for my current project for this week: Spray painting my wicker chairs while trying to keep from suffocating due to smoke from the Rim Fire. Notice the absence of the mountains in my backyard? Ya. It’s bad.