These are the two beautiful, handmade Adirondack chairs that my mother gave me for my birthday last September. I loooooooooves them. They are made of some kind of hearty, untreated pine, I think.
I knew as soon as I got them that I want to paint them some kind of bright, whimsical color – bright purple or green. Maybe a rosy red. I want them to have a sort of higher gloss look after they’re painted – not flat.
Kind of like this.
When I told my mom I planned to paint my new chairs, she told me that the guy who built them told her to tell me that they should “cure” outdoors for a few months before I painted them. So that’s what they’ve been doing for the past 6.5 months – “curing” in my yard.
So now I’m ready to paint them, and yes – oh Ye of little faith in Katie’s yet-to-be-unleashed DIY goddesshood – I am going to tackle this project ALL BY MYSELF.
But I could use some advice from anyone who cares to pipe up in the comments below on the best brand and type of paint to use to get the look I want. My neighbor recommended spray paint (her painted outdoor wooden chairs look bright and awesome), but much of what I am reading online says go for a brush and an exterior house or deck paint.
I know the chairs are going to be super “thirsty” at this point, and soak up a lot of whatever paint I use, so should I prime them with something first? How long should each coat dry before doing the next one? Any great tips for a first time painter to prevent drips and bubbly spots on my chairs? If you’ve done a project like this before, is there specific brand or make of paint or brush you would recommend? (I am going to hit Lowe’s or Home Depot this morning)
ALL advice very welcome, and I look forward to showing off my fantastic results when I’ve finished my project!