DIY Adirondack Chair Makeover with HomeRight (And a Giveaway!)

DIY Adirondack Chair Makeover by virginiasweetpea.com

Ten years ago Mr. SP made Adirondack chairs for our deck.  They were never stained and have taken a beating from the elements.  Mr. SP suggested that we give them away and make new ones, but I knew with a little TLC, these chairs could serve us well for a few more years.

Adirondack Chairs - Before

The chairs’ home is on the north side of our house, and as a result, they are in the shade much of the day.  The sun bleached the wood over the years and the shade caused algae to grow on some of the chairs’ parts.  I started the makeover process by scrubbing the chairs with a weak bleach solution to remove dirt and to kill the algae.

Chairs after scrubbing

The secret weapon in my Adirondack chair makeover was a Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer, a paint sprayer that uses a high-volume of air at a low-pressure to apply a professional looking finish.

HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer

We used Behr semi-transparent waterproofing wood stain in Ponderosa Green for this project.  This stain did not need to be diluted to use in the Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer.  We were able to set up the sprayer in very little time and practiced on a scrap piece of wood before starting on the chair.

HomeRight Paint Sprayer1

A trigger starts and stops the flow of stain or paint and can be adjusted to spray up and down, side to side, or at a 45 degree angle.  The trigger control knob can change the spray pattern from one to six inches wide.

HomeRight Paint Sprayer2


I couldn’t believe how quickly and evenly I was able to apply the stain with this sprayer.

HomeRight Paint Sprayer3

My husband wanted to try the sprayer,too!

HomeRight Paint Sprayer4


We were able to easily clean the sprayer by washing out the reservoir, filling it with water, and then spraying until all of the water was gone.

Cleaning the HomeRight Sprayer

Since we both work full-time and it gets dark by the time we are home in the evening, we completed this project over two weekends.  The first coat of stain gave nice coverage, but one more was needed to make the chairs look great.

Adirondack Chairs after the first coat of stain

Since using the sprayer is easy and gives immediate gratification, neither of us minded finishing this project the second weekend.

Second Coat of Stain with Homeright Sprayer

After the chairs dried, they were moved back to the deck and are ready to be enjoyed for a few more years.

Adirondack Chairs - After2


From the second we both started using this sprayer, we both were super impressed with how it works.  We once tried to use a different brand of sprayer to paint our shutters and became so frustrated with it that we gave up an painted them all by hand.  No more!  Any big paint job that we have from now on will be used with the Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer.

The before and after is amazing, isn’t it?

Adirondack Chairs Before and After Staining with Homeright Sprayer

We stained our deck this fall.  The task took two weekend and was worth every second of the time we spent.  We cleaned it the first weekend and stained it the second weekend.


Now for the great news, HomeRight is giving one lucky reader a Finish Max Fine Finish HVLP Sprayer!  Use the rafflecoptor to enter.  Good luck!  I can’t wait to see who wins.
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  1. I have these old pallets that I got from the habitat store and I want to paint them and make a wall accent piece…..

  2. I have a pair of old bentwood chairs on my front porch that need painted! They would be first on my list, with many more projects waiting to follow.

  3. Hi Paula,
    We have a set of Adirondack chairs that desperately need painting. Been delaying the job because working with our old sprayer is frustrating, and I’ve been hearing great things about the HomeRight sprayer. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

  4. This would be really awesome to win! I’ve been painting a lot lately and still have many projects I need to get to. Winning would make life easier! Crossing fingers! :))

  5. I think we would paint some furniture that I have collected to remake and get it out of our garage!! Then maybe the house.

  6. Well … since we are expecting SNOW tonight I think my project might have to wait until spring … but as soon as the temps warm up I would paint our shed, the pergola, the wicker furniture, and my old wood chairs! Yours turned out wonderful!

  7. Probably my master bedroom set… I have been debating on changing the wood up and painting it.. If I finally get brave enough to! :0)

  8. There are lots of projects around here where this would really come in handy! I need to paint the front door first and then my potting bench! I don’t know if this would work for the roof on the pole barn or not!

  9. I would love this sprayer!!! I can’t even begin to list the uses I NEED to get started on but the thought of rolling on the paint and the time it takes has prevented me from beginning..sigh. The list keeps growing…and I am never fully knowing when it will be accomplished.

    Good job on the chairs, btw!!! They look brand new!


  10. If the weather cooperated, the first thing I’d paint is the deck. It sure does need it. Thanks for the chance to win one. Those chairs look absolutely amazing. (And what a good job your hubby did when he made them.)

  11. Now that my son has taken the cabinet I had in progress for too many years to count I think I would do my kitchen cabinet doors!

  12. The first thing I would paint would be the walls in my new house. After that, there all kinds of other projects it would be fun for!

  13. My son has an outdoor play cabin that is looooong overdue of some love! I’d use the paint sprayer to recolor and then seal it! The fence can wait until that’s done!! 😀

  14. I would paint the foundation of our house. Can you do that??? I am determined to get that done first thing when spring comes. Oh how much easier it would make that job! Thanks for sharing this givewaway.

  15. My husband is great at building furniture, he would love this to paint the bookcase he is presently working on.
    Thanks!! Your chairs look great!!

  16. We are painting the entire exterior of our house, plus the front porch and the deck we will build in the Spring. We have one paint sprayer but only one if us can use it at a time. Thus would make the project so much easier!!

  17. The freshly painted chairs look awesome! I love the green color you chose–it goes so well against the brick! I would love to win that spray painter for my husband. Thanks for giving us the chance to win it!
    Glad I stopped by from Serenity Now!

  18. Hi Paula – I love your chair makeover, great color too! If I won the sprayer, I would do a makeover on our two old rocking chairs on our front porch. Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your results!

  19. I have walls and furniture that need painting and this would be such a great help for someone confined to a power chair. Thanks so much for offering the giveaway!

  20. Those are beautiful chairs; so glad you took the time and effort to save them! And winning that beautiful sprayer would be fun!

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