Adirondack Chair Makeover (for the Kids!)

9 Materials
4 Hours

Love these adirondack chairs for kids! These DIY painted adirondack chairs make a perfect fun outdoor space for your children to sit in and enjoy the summer! Find more great DIY home decor and renovation ideas on our blog, Love Create Celebrate.

I’ll explain all of the steps to revamping your own adirondack chairs for kids below.

These were the chairs that we picked up for only $20. They needed a bit of TLC, but we knew we could fix them up to look beautiful again!

How to Give Your Adirondack Chairs a Makeover:

Revamping old furniture is soooo easy! If you have any broken pieces, you'll have to address those first.

Building a New Adirondack Chair Slat:

If you happen to have a chair with a broken slat at the back (or anywhere really!), here’s an easy way to fix up those pieces.

First we unscrewed the slat from the chair so that we could use it as a template for the new slat. 

We measured the width of the first slat, and used a table saw to cut a 2×4 piece down to the same width. Then we lined up one edge of the slat with the edge of the board, and traced the other edge of the slat all the way up. When the slat ended, we just used a straight edge to follow the line all the way up the board.

Next we cut the 2×4 board along that line. Then we got ready to cut the proper curve and height. Then we cut the top of the new slat along the curve we just drew.

The final step was to router the edges of the slat. 

You can watch the entire process of us fixing up our chairs in a video HERE.

Prepping the Adirondack Chairs for a Makeover:

Sanding down the chairs is the first step, and the most important step in getting a smooth finish. Before we could paint, we used an aeresol primer to prime all sides of the chair. 

Painting Adirondack Chairs

You can stain your chairs, but we chose to paint them with a quality outdoor paint. We did about 1.5 coats of paint total.

Our Finished Adirondack Chairs for Kids:

How cuuuuuute are these chairs?! The girls went shopping with me to help me pick out a pillow for the chairs and luckily we found the PERFECT one with both green and purple florals to tie the two chairs together.

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Karin
    on Jun 27, 2019

    I have two chairs that were stained. They have been power washed will I need to sand them? And what pain is the best?

    • Robyn Garner
      on Jun 28, 2019

      The more time spent on prep, the better your outcome Karin. You should at least do one sanding with 220 grit or higher sandpaper. If it seems that grit isn't doing anything, it means your wood is too rough for it. You may even need to start at 80 grit and work your way up.

      Your best paint will be an exterior. Latex is easiest to clean up after. Seal your paint when finished. If you use Marine Spar, it will protect your paint color from UV rays and the weather the longest.

  • Mary
    on Jun 28, 2019

    How does one do 1.5 coats of paint? I've seen that number for other projects and it stumps me...what is a half coat of paint? Not being critical or rude, I just really would like to know

    • Love Create Celebrate
      on Jun 28, 2019

      Haha, it's because one coat covered it completely, and we did another partial coat, just on some spots we had missed, or painted too thin. You could have done a full second coat if you like!

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  • Joanie
    on Jun 28, 2019

    You did a great job on the chairs.......2 of my favorite colors......Oh yeah!! Pretty......pretty!!

  • Vickie Bower
    on Jun 28, 2019

    Love the colors! Great job!

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