We’ve been on the hunt for a few outdoor lounge chairs for a fire pit area in the backyard. An entire summer on the lookout with no luck. That is until a few weeks back! I talked a little about discovering the new to us website PicClick (update: looks like PicClick no longer supports CL, try CraigEasy!) and hitting the chair jackpot this month. First with the rattan chair, then the teal wingbacks, and now outdoor adirondack chairs. The Craigs listing was for three chairs, one still in it’s original box, for $30. My jaw literally hit the floor… for the third time in about 24 hours. I was beginning to think I may have developed a chair problem. But I’ve come to the conclusion that the chair issue has always existed, and only the newly found Craigslist addiction has helped in resurfacing it
My parents have had a pair of red adirondacks for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always loved spending the warm summer evenings relaxing on their porch. The three that we snagged at just $10 a piece were far from being ready for any relaxing though.
This is where I show you the chipping paint and rough surfaced condition that they arrived in. Only I forgot to take pictures. Ultimate fail.
So you’ll have to use a little bit of imagination and trust us when we say, they weren’t pretty.
We started the refinishing process by completely disassembling each chair and breaking out the orbital sander with 120 grit sanding pad. After getting them back into one piece, er three, we used our go-to spray painting formula.
Zinsser Primer, Liquitex in Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, and Krylon Lacquer. And because all of these products are the bees knees, we ended up doing a single coat of primer, a coat and a half (whatever that means?) of color, and two coats of lacquer. I can’t possibly brag about these guys enough. They’ve flipped my world upside down… in a spray painting kind of way.
We’re SO happy with the bright yellow. It’s such a fun pop of color in the backyard. Can’t wait to add a few throw pillows! And the $10 price tag saved us a ton of money. Similar yellow adirondack chairs, like this one, can go for at least $150 a piece. Meaning we saved over $400 on all three!
Since we did things a bit backwards, and haven’t begun our fire-pit area just yet, the chairs are currently residing under the trees in our backyard.
We like to use this area for Zoey’s swimming pool and her water play table. It gets great shade for the majority of the day. We usually just throw out our picnic mat (like this one) for seating and I can’t express how convenient it will be to actually have a chair now.
We’re hoping that once we DIY a fire pit we can find a few more similar chairs, maybe next summer, and create the mac daddy of fire pit chill zones. That’s a thing.
And since we’re on the topic of the backyard, lets have a look around. Warning, it’s a work in progress.
We’ve shown you our outdoor dining area, but this recap might help any of you newbies
And a lounge area, which is directly left of the dining area when looking towards the back of the house. This deck is accessible from the laundry/ mudroom (door on the right) and the existing no use room/ future living room addition (sliding doors on the left). For now, our previous home’s front porch furniture is living here. It’s worked out nicely but the space is still a bit bare. We’re hoping to maybe DIY an outdoor sectional someday, add a pergola for some shade, add a larger rug, and I’d love to DIY wall decor for the bare brick wall
You can also see the shed at the back of our property in this older picture. We love the idea of adding some raised garden beds to the right of it, repainting the shed, and sprucing up the landscaping back there.
Zoey’s still just as obsessed with airplanes
Now it’s your turn. Any recent craigslist finds? Outdoor projects? Anyone else just as excited for the cool fall weather as we are? Bring on the bon fires and roasting marshmallows!