You see, I wanted these for a little anniversary gift. I even ordered customized metal labels off Etsy that say “Grow old along with me ” and ” the best is yet to be” to put on the chairs. Its going to be a little hide away for us to sit together in the mornings.
So back to my story, I thought about DIYing them (surprise, surprise!), but the plans were all a little too overwhelming for me and there was the cost of materials to think about.
Finally, I found a kit online – two chairs for around $100. Now you’re talking!
Inexpensive Adirondack Chairs
Adirondack Chair Kit (This link was updated in 2022 with chairs similar to my original finds, but not exact since those have been discontinued.)
When they came in the mail, I bribed my husband and son with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies (which I did not even bake, my daughters did – this story is making me look bad. Haha! A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.)
In hind sight it would have been easier to spray or even brush paint them before they were assembled. Just a thought.
I sanded down the rough edges with 220 grit sand paper.
Then, I painted them with one coat of Annie Sloan’s French Linen Chalk Paint.
I really liked the slight weathered look the one coat gave them.
Next, I sealed them with a matte clear coat sealer.
Finally, I added those adorable metal labels and now they feel like a legit anniversary gift! But, you could order anything for your labels.
Adirondack chairs have an understated elegance about them, rustic and classic all at the same time. I love how they look against the trees, so inviting and peaceful. Let me know if you get a set and if they, too, are a special gift!