September 17, 2012

Craigslist Find: Adirondack Chairs

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 πŸ™‚

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.

Β We’ve shown you our outdoor dining area, but this recap might help any of you newbies πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

In time.

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 πŸ™‚

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!



14 thoughts on “Craigslist Find: Adirondack Chairs

  1. Mallory

    The chairs look great! I clicked over to picclick, but I can only search ebay, the style cure, and etsy. I wonder what I’m doing wrong.

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      We just updated the post, a few readers notified us of the same problem. Looks like Craigslist may have put a stop to PicClick. Boo πŸ™

  2. Michaela

    I love the adirondacks! I have a few I need to re-paint here soon. I also have the Tabouret chairs from Overstock that I bought specifically for outside but a sticker on the bottom says not to use them outdoors. I’m not really sure how they can get damaged since they are metal but was wondering how yours were holding up outside?

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Glad you mentioned the red tabouret chairs. We’re actually not sure what’s going on with them. Half still look brand new, the other half… not so much. Unfortunately we’ll be looking into repainting them come spring time. Live and learn. Ha.

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  4. Esme

    Hi there!!! Those chairs look amazing!!! We have 2 that need a paint job…would you be able to tell me where you found the 3 products you used. Lowes, Home Depot? Just wnated to make sure I used something that has been proven to work! I love the finish yours have!!!

    1. Jessie R. Post author

      Thanks Esme!

      The Zinsser primer and Krylon Lacquer are both from Lowe’s and the Liquitex spray paint is from Michaels. Happy painting πŸ™‚



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