in an effort to keep making positive changes around the exterior of our house i mentioned here, i really wanted some chairs for our front porch. i've been lusting after these adirondack chair kits at Home Depot but they were around $50 the last time i was looking at them and, as much and i LOVE adirondack chairs and REALLY wanted them for our front porch, i couldn't stand paying that much per unfinished, some-assembly-required, chair. much to my amazement while i was buying flowers they were marked down to $23 each... less than $50 for TWO CHAIRS! oh, sorry for shouting :)
so, what's a girl to do? buy the chairs and rush home to assemble them of course! jhubs wasn't up to the perceived work since he's usually the point person for assembling everything so we waited until the next day when we got a pleasant surprise... can you tell that they look mostly assembled coming out of the box? that's right, the seat and back slats came already assembled!!!
they're remarkably easy to finish. you attach the seat supports/front legs to one cross support and then put the seat assembly in...
then attach the back side supports to the seat assembly
attach one cross/back support to the back side supports and screw down the back rest... then attach the arms
in about 20 minutes you can have one chair and in about 35 you get 2!
it took more debate to pick out the stain since i wanted them to coordinate with our front deck but the redwood was the front-runner, it was more about picking between transparent stain and paint
stain was definitely the way to go though and they look great. we're going to give them one more coat before they hit the porch just to make sure they're good and sealed since they were completely unfinished and we plan to leave them out for most of the year. once they have the final coat i'll be sure to post.
on a side note, we love these chairs so much i went back and bought 4 more for our back patio. in case you were wondering, we bought the full gallon of stain (way more than necessary for this project) so that we can re-stain all of our outdoor furniture (two benches you can see on the patio in the initial sprucing up post) and the 8-person picnic table jhubs made for one of the first july 4th parties we had. more on that to come!