As we mentioned in our post about living in the land of 10,000 adirondacks, our neighborhood is a mecca for adirondack chairs. And we have finally given into the peer pressure of driving by house after house with these wooden wonders (and plastic wonders) out front. And now on a lazy summer night, you just may find us in our very own adirondacks. You won’t be seeing our Aegean Blue beauties plopped in front of our house for decoration any time soon, but we do plan to use them in the backyard for a nice place to sit and enjoy the yard.
As we mentioned before, we decided on the wooden adirondacks because we thought it would be more fun to choose our color and paint them. And they seem sturdier than some of the plastic ones. So we settled on Living Accents Folding Adirondack Chairs from our local Frattallone’s Ace Hardware that were on sale for $34.99 each. And we agreed on the soothing shade of Martha Stewart Aegean Blue mixed into Behr Premium Plus Ultra exterior flat paint from the Home Depot.
After the boxes sat in our garage for awhile, Dain began to paint and assemble them over a couple weeks. He started with one that he set out in our sun porch. And after laying out all of the pieces, he used a small roller and tray to paint each piece individually. It was a little time consuming because the paint had to dry on one side before painting the other side, but we also had a lot of other projects going on in the meantime so there was really no rush for us to complete these. Thus, the one sat on the sun porch for awhile and the other got started in the laundry room.
It was kind of like musical adirondack chairs, except with just the pieces. We got a little too used to stepping over adirondack pieces in various stages of being painted and assembled, but we keep it real around here. And our reality is that we don’t finish very many projects in one go (especially when painting and assembly are involved).
And we don’t have that much floor space as you can see from Dain’s painting technique (where he just kind of sprawled out amongst the pieces to get his paint on). So we find space where we can. Dain taped paper to the floor so as not to get any of the drips on the floor.
And when all of the tedious painting was finally done and dry, Dain actually assembled them in the basement family room. The first one was a time drain due to some confusing directions, but the second one was a breeze after he got the process down. Luckily, all of the pieces were actually enclosed, and the only tool Dain needed was his trusty drill.
When they were finally both done, they made an appearance in our upstairs living room before being shuffled outside. They were kind of nice for watching t.v., but they took up too much space so they couldn’t stay. And our guests would start to wonder about us if we offered them a seat on our adirondacks in the living room.
And now they reside in our backyard. We realize we are bucking the trend by putting them in our backyard instead of our front yard, but we thought we might actually use them a little more if we put them somewhere a little more private. If we ever decide that they are purely for decoration, we can lug them up to the front.
And now we can move on to the relaxing with a glass of wine on a quiet summer night part….which has yet to happen yet, but we are ready for that moment when we find ourselves with nothing to do. We picked up some yard stake drink holders at Target to help with this plan, and we’ll be sure to bust them out the next time we have a backyard barbeque.
What about you? Are you the proud owners of the latest trend in yard decoration and seating? Or are you anti-adirondack (which might actually make you anti-Minnesota since Minnesotans have wholeheartedly embraced this trend )?