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Patio Progress:: My $36 Adirondack Chairs

Last Updated on October 11, 2012 by Kristi Linauer

Good morning, and happy Monday to you! I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

I spent my weekend working on some things for “my” patio. Now for those of you who are new around here, let me explain that I live in a condo. And as the owner of a condo, that means that I don’t actually own any outside space. However, just outside our front door is a patio area that hasn’t been used in the almost-six years that we’ve lived here. So this year, Matt and I decided that we would fix up the area and get some use out of it.

The last time I showed it to you, it looked like this…

Since then, our neighbors moved away and took their chairs, table, and plants.  So basically we had a patio with two elevated garden beds and two concrete benches.

I’ve been on the lookout for some inexpensive chairs, and was pretty excited when I spotted these Adirondack chairs at Home Depot for $36 each.

They came in nine pieces, and were really quite simple to assemble.

Then it was on to deciding how to finish them.  Of course, I had endless choices.  I could have painted them in any color imaginable, stained them in any number of colors, but in the end, I decided to go with a standard brown stain…

I know…it’s a little predictable and unexciting for me, right?  But don’t worry.  I have plans for lots of fun color for this patio, and I think the dark brown Adirondack chairs will keep it from looking too much like a kids space.

These chairs took stain really well, but there were a few places on each one that evidently had some sort of glue that kept the stain from sinking in.

Unfortunately, I didn’t catch that one in time, but on the other areas, I just gave them a good sanding before staining, and they turned out much better.

These chairs do take FOREVER to stain, but I love how they turned out.  I certainly don’t think they look like cheap $36 chairs!

As you can see, I also got the matching side table, which was $14.  I decided to give it a dash of color with some apple green spray paint.

I still need to seal the chairs, but I’ve had a hard time finding just the right thing to use.  I picked up some spray spar varnish yesterday, but after using one can on one of the chairs, I decided that wasn’t really the route I wanted to go.  With chairs that are going to be out in the elements, I’d feel much better using a brush-on product so that I know I’m getting a really good coating on there, and so I can also be sure that it gets down into the nooks and crannies.  So I’m on the hunt again for the perfect sealer.  I need to find something today, though!  Rain is on the way tomorrow!

So that’s my progress so far.  It’s not much, I know.  But it’s a start!  I have lots more plans for this patio, and I’ll definitely be adding color.  I purchased some bright outdoor canvas to make pillows for my chairs, and I also want to add a rug of some sort.  I’ll keep you posted!

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    Cheryl Roy
    May 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Tung oil is a fabulous sealer. It makes wood look like a million bucks.

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    Cheryl Thornton
    May 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Looks great…I too have a patio re-do in mind this season…I do have an unrelated question that I hope you can answer…I subscribe to follow you through email, but have not been getting your updates…in fact I havent been getting alot of my blog updates from feedburner…I have tried to contact them but have been unable to find a contact email – any ideas as to why this might be happening…I’m hoping that those of you who put so much effort in creating such great blogs arent losing viewers because of this.

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    May 7, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Wow! That’s a great price! Do they seem sturdy? You couldn’t buy the wood for that price…

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      Kristi Linauer
      May 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Gwen, they do seem sturdy. I kind of wish that I had used wood glue during assembly, that way they would be super sturdy, but since I knew I was going to stain the chairs, I didn’t want to risk getting wood glue on the wood. Anyway, I think I read somewhere that they’ll hold up to 400 pounds…so I guess I can sit out there and eat ice cream all summer long with no problems. 😀

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    Western Warmth
    May 7, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Beautiful! How are your raised garden beds doing? I love the way you are making your outdoor space beautiful.


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      Kristi Linauer
      May 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

      Bobi, my raised gardens are doing pretty well. This is my first gardening attempt, so it’s a lot of trial and error. 🙂 Hopefully we’ll actually be able to eat some of it!

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    sarah b
    May 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    those are fantastic! could you provide a little explanation about what you used to stain it, how long it took, and what you ended up selecting for your sealant? i have no experience with outside furniture, so I am also wondering if you stained it before or after you put it together? if you did it after, how did you get the stain down in between each slat? thanks!

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    Angie @ Beneath the Magnolias
    May 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Oh Kristi they look wonderful! I really like the stain. I know everything will look beautiful and come together perfectly!

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    May 7, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    I am so excited! I saw these at home depot last year, but couldn’t get up close to them as they were bolted up high and I swore they were going to be tiny (as in not for real grown ups). I have to get some now! Yay!

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    May 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    SCORE! For sure on those chairs. You done good!

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    Missi @ havoc to heaven
    May 7, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    The chairs look so great. Really warm and inviting! Your condo is lucky to have you there … it will add so much!

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    May 7, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Love them!!

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    Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue
    May 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    I think your choice to use a dark stain was perfect! You can add color through plants and pillows and still have an outdoor feel with the dark wood tones. I use the brush on wood sealer for my Fremont tables and so far, so good. Can’t wait to see how you put it all together. What a great place to catch a few minutes of down time!

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    May 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    LOVE the dark stain! I’m also trying to figure out the best sealer for my vintage glider! If you know of any, let me know!

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    Shannon Fox
    May 7, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    It’s really coming along. I think the classic stain will hold up well. Good choice =) The lil’ apple green table is a Qt too!! You are making great strides on your space!!

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    May 8, 2012 at 3:42 am

    I use the brush on wood sealer for my Fremont tables and so far, so good. Thanks for sharing..

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    May 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

    We had a basic cheap brown patio set that I picked up just to have something when our patio was done. We still have it, it started to fall apart after a few years but no funds for new, so now lime and yellow. That is a TOTAL departure from my normally non-color filled life, but I seem to be getting pretty good mileage out of the set.


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    Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    May 8, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I like where you’re headed with this project. The darker stain really does make the chairs look fabulous. And you are so right, a pop of color on them and elsewhere and you’ve got a party!
    {Several years ago we purchased some ADK chairs from the supermarket. It was a kit where the two chairs were supposed to be attached together with a table between. We ditched the table and got 2 chairs with curved backs and knee area for just $78. Pretty exciting. And they’ve held up well!}

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    Leslie Wilks
    May 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    it is so much fun to follow your thinking process as you work through a project. You explain it well and I learn so much!

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    May 9, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Those chairs look great and at $36 each they are quite a bargain. Hope you find the sealer you want and that you and your hubby enjoy your patio a lot this summer.

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    Door Handle
    May 15, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I loved wooden chair. I have quiet few at home but this one you’ve got is such a great one. I really hats off with your creativity my dear. Cheers 🙂 I am hook with your blog. I am looking around for more windows decoration you have here and of what window and door hardware you are using.

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