I had been putting off repainting these Adirondack chairs for years until they were so bad, I found myself hiding them when guests came over. You can see the paint was cracked and peeling – just plain gross. But being a DIYer, I couldn’t bring myself to toss them out and get new ones. I was determined to someday get a fresh coat of paint on them. Having never done this kind of work, however, I learned along the way what worked well and what didn’t.
To begin, I gathered all the supplies I needed. I used 2 sanders – a circular sander and a detail sander to get into the hard-to-reach spots. The detail sander was around $20. I can’t remember how much the other one cost. I used 60-grit sandpaper for stripping, then 80-grit, then 120 grit. I used a soft 2-1/2″ angled paintbrush and paint that had primer already in it. The paint was the most expensive part of this project. I know most real painters would always use good primer instead, I am into instant gratification so I used this shortcut. I used goggles and a mask (I hated wearing them, but these are a MUST). For dropcloths, I used an old vinyl tablecloth and some old shower curtains.
Because the paint was cracking everywhere, it seemed best to strip most of it off. However, in hindsight, I should have painted a test area first and see if some of the tiny cracks would have filled in with paint. Sanding was the hardest and most time-consuming part of this project. But once I got used to the noise and mess, it wasn’t so bad.
Using the 60-grit sandpaper, I stripped most of the paint off, then I went over each piece with 80-grit, then 120-grit. After sanding, I wiped each piece clean with tackcloth. Then each piece got 2 coats of paint, top & bottom. If I really wanted a super-smooth finish, I could have spent more time sanding – but like I said, I am into instant gratification. To change it up a little, I repainted them a soft blue (my hubby’s idea).
I really love how clean and festive they came out. What do you think?
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