Outdoor furniture must be protected from the elements, especially if you are using wood that is not suitable for outdoor use. And a painted finish - if kept up - can protect your outdoor Adirondack furniture and keep it looking fresh and new season after season.
But painting outdoor Adirondack furniture can be a challenge. How to do you completely seal all the boards? How do you hide screw holes? What is the right way to bond paint to wood for exterior use? What about the cracks and all those slats Adirondack furniture is known for?
My friend Brook over at Being Brook always paints her outdoor furniture with the most beautiful, professional looking finishes! Never any drips or missed spots between slats.
So I asked Brook if she would share her outdoor painting technique. Here's how Brook paints outdoor Adirondack furniture.
120 grit sandpaper
Zinsser 123 Primer
Ace Hardware Royal Outdoor House and Trim Paint in Satin in Heavenly Sand
You'll need primer, exterior paint, brushes, and rollers.
After I cut out all the pieces for the lounge chairs I sanded them all smooth with a belt sander.
Once all the woods pieces were sanded I laid them all flat in my garage with scrap wood raising them off the floor. Vacuum and wipe down all the wood pieces to remove any dust.
Prime your wood with the Zinsser 123 primer and a 4 inch foam roller. It is easy to paint the slats when they are flat since you don't have any crevices to work with. I allowed my wood to dry overnight and then turned all the pieces over and primed the opposite side. Apply 2 coats of Royal House and Trim paint the same way. Use a brush for the sides or to catch any paint drips. Be sure to allow the paint to dry completely between coats (at least overnight before turning)
After building your chaise lounges just touch up the paint with a brush. If you find any paint drips just lightly sand and repaint that spot.
Special thank to Brook from Being Brook for sharing her tutorial on how she gets this beautiful finish every time!
That's it? That seems so easy. I haven't done any outdoor furniture b/c I didn't want to ruin it. You don't put any clear coat or poly on it? Thanks so much for sharing this!
I didn't do any poly over it. The paint I used is outdoor house paint so it's made to withstand some weather.
I'm about to branch out. I have a whole screened porch that needs to be filled. :-)
How do you hide them? Did you use pocket hole screws? If so, do you paint the boards before drilling or after. Thanks
I used pocket holes for the base and finish nails to attach the slats. The finish nail gun leaves a tiny little indent but I'm not a perfectionist and am fine with that and just went over it with a paint brush.
On past projects where I've used regular screws I still paint it all flat and then just use a little wood fill, sand and then paint the small spots.
You make everything look so easy. When come to furniture we can get easily confused. It's tougher than you think to decorate your home. I had the chance to test that recently.
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