June 5, 2011

One Hot Mess!

A few years ago I acquired these Adirondack chairs from the lady that did my mom’s estate sale.    She had painted them red and I knew I would eventually change out the color by either repainting or staining them.     After sitting outside for two brutally hot southern summers, here’s what they look like (warning:   train wreck ahead!)
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I have two chairs, two ottomans and one table.
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Saturday I had the hubs hook up the pressure washer and I went to town…..it took an hour for me to get ONE ottoman to this point!
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No matter what I did, I could not get all of the paint off.    I will have to do some major sanding to get these ready to stain.

After seeing that the paint did not hold up, I decided to stain them.    This is my inspiratoin:

Love the stenciled number.    I’m hoping stain will hold up better than paint.

Now here’s where I need help from all you DIY ladies (and gentlemen)…..does anyone have any suggestions on getting all that paint off?    I know I’m still going to have to pressure wash some but at an hour for one small piece, this is going to take a long time!     I’ve always heard “you can paint over stain but you can’t stain over paint”.    Is that true?   If I could put an outdoor stain over the chairs without getting all that paint off, it would be so much easier.
Please help a girl out!   


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

We just did this a couple of weeks ago. The pressure washer got off a lot and then we use a putty knife to scrape. We went from red which I loved to black which I thought we would give a try. I do like them black. We didn't get all the old paint off and where we couldn't get it off we just left it alone and painted over it. They turned out nice. Good luck with yours. I love the idea of adding numbers to them!

Simply LKJ said...

Sanding would probably be best as it will prepare the surface to allow the stain to absorb properly. If there is any paint/varnish left, the stain may not take evenly. Good luck, can't wait to see them finished.

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

Love the chairs! Probably sanding will make it easier to stain later but from experience the stain will probably be uneven due to the materials used in building the chairs. Can't wait to see the end results!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I say sand away...it will be the best outcome. Lucky you to have been given these chairs and table...I have two chairs and love them. The number idea looks outstanding...thanks for sharing that. Link up on Monday night to my party and maybe you can get some more help.


Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I think they will look fabulous stained! I love your inspiration picture! Keep up the great work....it will be worth the effort in the end! Angie xo

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

Oh, wow! I love that inspiration photo! Sanding is best to remove any last bits of paint the pressure washer couldn't get! Good luck!

classic • casual • home said...

WOW...what an inviting place for some iced tea! Nice work.

Deserae said...

I love your chairs! Can't wait to see them all done....love the number idea too!

inner_child said...

You are correct, you can paint over stain, but not stain over paint. Chemical paint stripper or sanding is about the only thing I know which will remove paint. Sanding is more tedious if you have to do it by hand. You may want to try staining the underneath part of the table to see how the stain takes to the wood used. Jan is right, if they used different lumber on each chair, the boards will take stain differently. Then you will know if you want to keep working on getting all the paint off or sand to a paintable level and paint. Good luck! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Paula ~ Mise en scène

Becca said...

Oh, I LOVE that inspiration chair! Can't wait to see how it turns out!


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