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Adirondack Chair Makeover Tutorial

I scooped up these Adirondack chairs about 10 years ago for $5 a piece, I bought 4 of them at the time and this is the third makeover they have been given.  Talk about giving them new life over and over again!  I have taken them from white to brown then brown to blue and now blue to black. I really loved the vibrant blue color but as they started fading I decided to go for a classic black.
Seriously this really is one of the easiest makeovers ever, hence why I have done it 3 times!

How to spray paint a chair and give it a completley new look


Adirondack Chair Makeover Tutorial


Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint, Flat Black


Soapy Water


I purchased the cushions at Cost Plus, here is the link
And here are some tufted ones on Amazon


1. PREPARE: I rinsed the chairs down with a hose since they had been sitting outside and full of cobwebs.  Then I used a soapy damp cloth to thoroughly wipe down the chair and remove any dirt.

Let the chair dry completely before painting.

2. PAINT: Shake your spray paint for one minute,  then hold the can 10-16” away from the chair and spray in a steady sweeping motions. I had to Apply 2 even coats to the entire chair, allowing a few minutes in between each coat.  For my third coat, I did not spray the entire chair, just the places where it looked lighter than the rest of the chair.

3. FINISH: Let the chair dry completely for 24 hours.

How to spray paint a chair and give it a completely new look


I was able to find these cushions from World Market and use a 50% coupon which makes them super comfy!

How to spray paint a chair and give it a completley new look

We have these around the fire pit right now which I am in the midst of giving a mini makeover.  As soon as I’m done I’ll snap a few pictures, so you can see all four of them together.

It’s thrift store makeover day, you know what that means!  Go check out all the amazing makeovers below, thanks so much for stopping in today!


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For more thrift store makeovers, you can check out my past projects.

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  1. woohoo! gotta love that spray paint! The chair looks amazing, and I love the cushions you found. I’ve heard these plastic chairs don’t last, but clearly they do!



  2. I bought a chair in that same aqua color for my backyard as a place I can sit and sip wine in the afternoons – good to know I can refresh it with paint when it finally shows its age! And so much YES about the clearance cushions from WM. I may need to pop over there and check them out.

  3. Wow!Those look amazing now! I have a pair of those in my shed that have seen better days – I would have never thought to spray paint them.

  4. Nice. I’m ready to toss mine as they cracked in the back. Now that yours has a cushion I wonder if that would help with a little super glue?

    1. Hmmmm…. I wonder if there is a plastic glue that would be strong enough to hold it together? I’m thinking the weight of a person may not hold up well enough. 🙁

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