Revamp Adirondack Chairs With a Rustic Pallet Look!

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I've been on the lookout for a couple of price-efficient (or better, free!) Adirondack chairs forever! Because my little garden shed is so rustic, my more modern newer outdoor chairs sitting next to it never felt... right.

So when 2 rickety Adirondack chair freebies that had seen much better days landed in my lap, I crossed my fingers they could be saved...

Grabbing some tools along with the pressure washer, you'd be hard-pressed to believe the before!

However, one more thing needed to transpire to make them totally marry the rustic shed...

Here's what I did!

Would you have brought these home?!

Two very rickety Adirondack chairs came up for free local to me.

Before I could even see them in person, I took a big fat chance and just said YES!

And crossed my fingers they could be saved.

After lugging them home, they first got a pressure washing which was a complete game-changer!

Be sure to visit my original blog post link below to watch the short video of them getting pressure washed.

Can you even believe these are the same chairs?!

But the best was yet to come.

After the chairs dried, the joins were tightened along with a few new screws added, then sanded until they were buttery-smooth to the touch.

But they needed one more thing to chime in with my shed...

Grabbing two pallet-styled stencils did the trick!

How to stencil pallet-style:

  1. Load black paint onto stencil brush.
  2. Remove most paint onto a rag to create a dry-brush feel.
  3. Position stencil, then tap or swirl paint for desired effect.
How to get a pallet-look!

The Adirondack chairs and footrests got the royal pallet wood treatment!

Here's how:

Tips on getting an authentic pallet look:

  1. Select random areas for graphics.
  2. Stencil pallet graphics rotating large / small with light / heavy.
  3. Use very little paint for a faded, authentic pallet ink stamp look.
  4. Lightly sand to further distress if desired.

Find the stencils used at:

Organic Coffee

Shipping Crate Stamps

And the results? Pallet-divine!

The pallet markings are discreet, yet just enough to tell a story that the chairs are made from pallet boards.

The foot rests that came with the adirondack chairs have them resembling loungers, don't you think?! What a bonus!

And of course, I just had to theme the coffee cup chair arm with this cute Coffee crate look!

It's such a fun, rustic look that is easy to achieve on any wood project!

Other pallet-style projects to consider:

  • planters
  • stairs
  • floors
  • wood flower bed borders
  • window boxes
  • doors
  • gates
  • wooden walkways

And all that's left to do now?

Is to kick back and enjoy the pallet-style Adirondack chairs with that decadent coffee while keeping my shed company of course.

I think I earned it after this one!

What project do you have that you would you like to add a pallet-look on?

CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE of the original blog post tutorial! Includes:

  • pressure washing video
  • how the chairs were fixed
  • many more yard shots!

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