The Independence Chairs

July 04, 2012   //  Posted in: Being Thrifty, Deck   //  By: Emily   //  7 responses

It seems to be an inadvertent theme around here that I find myself acquiring chairs and writing about them on the holidays. See Memorial Day. This week was no exception, when my friend and former boss offered a set of four adirondack chairs for us to enjoy.

We’re those people. Those people who you see randomly walking through the neighborhood with assorted pieces of furniture slung over their shoulders. Fortunately my friend lives right around the corner, because I don’t think I could have fit more than one chair in the car at a time. Adirondack chair parade, anyone?

Hauling chairs down the street.

As a set, they’re fantastic.

Hello, new-to-us adirondack chairs.

She had a new set of outdoor furniture, so she claimed, and these were extra. OK, twist my arm, I’ll take them. Sometime there will be a day when I too, have too many adirondack chairs for my own good, and maybe I’ll be offering them up to my friends too… I just don’t know when that will be.

I had been planning to learn to make my own adirondack chairs, or some outdoor chair model kind of like this awesome CB2 Sawyer Chair tutorial from The Design Confidential, but when four chairs are given to you, sometimes the DIY dream flies out the window and you find yourself drafting your next post with a Mike’s Hard Lemonade (Black Cherry) balanced on it’s perfectly wide arm.

New adirondack chair. Perfect for drinks on the deck.

For the most part, the chairs were in good shape. Painted and starting to peel, I’ll probably reward myself with a nice power washer (that’ll actually be my mom’s, since I recently broke hers) and blast them down. Maybe re-paint them. Maybe let them continue to weather naturally. We shall see.

Need to power wash this chair.

For the interim, all they needed was a little tightening up after years of weather, wiggling, and wobbling. Not unlike any chair you’d find at a garage sale, you’d just want to give her a tune up a little bit before trusting her fully in balancing your big glass of wine on a cloudy evening.

Tightening up the screws and bolts on the chairs.

One in particular had a cracked back support. An aversion to some, but something worth trying to fix in this case.

Gorilla Gluing the back brace on an Adirondack chair.

I remedied it with Gorilla Glue and some clamps. Nothing hard core, but it’ll hold.

Gorilla Gluing the back brace on an Adirondack chair.

The scene’s pretty nice from behind. Such a classic chair, they’re so pretty when they’re nicely weathered the way you’d want them photographed for your spread in Better Homes & Gardens.

New to us Adirondack chairs.

It’s a sign: Time to start planning that backyard patio.

  • Ashley @DesignBuildLove
    6 years ago - Reply

    LOVE the chairs!!!! I totally would’ve taken them too!

    PS- if you need a more permanent fix for the one broken chair, try bondo! It’ll fill everything out, make it strong, and last forever!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Thanks for the tip, Ashley!

  • Elisa
    6 years ago - Reply

    Wow, you just *got* those? That is seriously sweet.

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Yes! And the 4th of July verdict: They’re very good.

  • Mindy
    6 years ago - Reply

    That has to be one of the nicest friends/former bosses you have! So sweet! Those chairs rock!!

  • Holyoke Home
    6 years ago - Reply

    Mr. Man loves himself some Adirondack chairs, but my herniated neck disks make them super uncomfortable for me. These look GREAT!

    • Emily
      6 years ago -

      Aw man, I would sleep in them if I knew I wouldn’t permanently shape myself like an Adirondack chair.

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