Adirondack style chairs have been one of our very favourites since we first saw them 25 years ago ~ they are so comfortable, have a nice wide arm for setting your dinner plate or beverage on and just plain look good all on their own.

To my knowledge Adirondack chairs have traditionally been painted white, a classic look that will always be in style. The Adirondacks that we have at home in Qualicum and at the cabin on Hornby Island have all been left to weather naturally, a look that we have always found appealing. On some of our chairs we had applied a coat of clear sealer over the natural wood just to make cleaning them easier and so they didn’t feel so scratchy on bare skin. This year though I felt like introducing some colour, I wonder if that is because of all of this gloomy rainy weather this spring and summer!

I only have a couple of them done so far, but I wanted to show you a before and after ~ I would love to hear your opinion on the outcome!

Another angle,

The colour that I chose is Benjamin Moore CC-810 Hudson Bay, a muted but deep blue that is soothing to the eye, like the colour in your favourite pair of jeans. I have another gallon of stain mixed that I haven’t used yet but plan to use on some of the other chairs, it is Benjamin Moore 2145-30 Brookside Moss, a cheerful limey pea green that works well with the blue.

My intention is to leave a few of the chairs natural, just because they blend into the environment so nicely but we are sure liking the fresh upbeat change on the couple that are complete. Now to just to find the time to keep the sander and paint brushes going!