As I have shown in an earlier post on our adirondack chairs at our cabin, I have started to tackle sanding and staining them with a solid coloured stain rather than keeping them the naturally weathered look that they have acquired over time. I LOVE their new look and wish I had stained them sooner! When I had shown you the change to blue with the first chair, I had said I would take photos once I had a green one done. So, I finally did get one done over the last two weekends and have a couple of pictures to show you.

Even though the colours are quite bold they seem to blend in with the natural environment well and don’t look out of place. Both stains are Benjamin Moore Arbour Coat, the blue is CC-810 Hudson Bay and the green is 2145-30 Brookside Moss. I also applied a Benjamin Moore exterior clear coat over the second application of stain to make them more washable, which has made an amazing difference when giving them a quick wash. Love the birds……but they keep us busy cleaning!

Earlier in the spring I also repainted some wicker that we have had for years and years and years ~ they have always been white but as with the adirondack’s I was ready for a bit of a change. Somehow using the darker, bolder colours planned for the other chairs seem wrong for the wicker ~ so I looked for something softer that might work with the others and found 2145-40 Fernwood Green ~ Sara at Quest for Colour suggested using an acrylic paint rather than a stain. I am so pleased with the result of this colour change as well ~ it keeps the old fashioned look but feels fresh and updated. Now I just need to find some better cushions – one change often leads to another!

This is a favourite spot for coffee in the morning, the sun filters onto the deck ~ a gentle breeze is usually blowing and the view is always mesmerizing and peaceful. It is a good place to start the day and start planning which project to tackle next – another chair?