How To Stain Adirondack Furniture The Easy Way!

If you could choose between staining your wood furniture in a few days or an afternoon, which would you pick? I thought so! Save your knees and valuable time by tossing the brush and trying these tips for how to stain Adirondack furniture the easy way!

Staining Adirondack Furniture The Easy Way!

Easy Way To Stain Adirondack Furniture

The last time I stained our Adirondack furniture it took worn knees, a lot of sweat, and two long days to get the job done. A chore I had no intention of repeating twice.

This time I got smart and pulled out the big guns. I had two Adirondack chairs and a tete-a-tete stained with two coats in an afternoon. What took the longest was waiting for the stain to dry. I even had time to give our Adirondack fire bowl table a new color before the dinner bell rang.

Deck Makeover - Project Five

Refreshing our outdoor living space on a beer budget!

The Easy Way To Stain Outdoor Furniture Chairs

So how can you paint the wood patio furniture a quick and easy way? With a pneumatic HVLP (high volume low pressure) siphon feed spray gun that came with our Husky 20-gallon air compressor.

Tips For Hand Painted Chairs

In all honesty, I would have preferred using the gravity feed spray gun that also came with the compressor but I couldn't get the cap off because of my injured hand (you can read about that in Deck Makeover Project Five).

Mine is an older model, the new ones have a handy screw top on the canister. With the gravity-feed model, you can adjust the paint flow, width pattern, and flow direction. But the siphon model got the job done none-the-less.

Staining Outdoor Furniture Tips

Prep the furniture for stain

Lucky for me my Adirondack furniture had been stained only a couple of years ago and were in good shape. The only reason I re-stained them is to change the color.

Clean the furniture first with a power washer and remove any flaking or peeling stain with a paint scraper. If that doesn't do the trick you may need to use a stainer remover.

Tips for staining with a paint sprayer

  • In order to get the right velocity, the stain may have to be thinned to approximately 1 cup of water to 1 gallon of stain. Note: if your stain isn't water-based you'll need the appropriate thinner.
  • Check the spray first on a piece of cardboard or scrap wood.
  • To avoid paint build-up, start the spray before contact with the furniture and move your arm (not your wrist) across the surface and release the trigger after passing the furniture.
  • Hold the sprayer about six inches from the surface.
  • Apply a few thin even coats rather than one thick coat of stain (ours took two).
  • Wipe the tip of the sprayer regularly to avoid build-up.
  • Clean the sprayer thoroughly when you're done following the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Don't store the paint in the canister.

Staining with a paint sprayer

Start by staining the chairs upside down so any drips towards the front can be fixed before that side is stained. The recommended dry time between coats is 6-8 hours but I didn't inherit the patience gene and confess to not waiting that long.

Right or wrong, I cut the time in half because the stain dries much quicker when sprayed in thin coats. It also helped that it was a warm sunny day outside.

The total cure time for the solid stain we used is 72 hours.

Outdoor Furniture Makeover

This is after the first coat of Behr Premium Navajo White Exterior Wood Solid Stain on both our Adirondack chairs and tete-a-tete. It took all of five minutes to stain both pieces - happy dance!

Tips For Staining Wooden Adirondack Chairs

To get a good idea of what color they used to be, pictured below is our DIY Adirondack Fire Bowl Table in sage green.

Hand Painted Outdoor Furniture

And here it is after being sprayed with Sea Foam Behr Premium Exterior Wood Solid Stain. The stain colors on the furniture are the same as the DIY Painted Outdoor Rug.

Stained Outdoor Furniture

I'm saving the pretty shots of the chairs with their new cushions for the deck makeover reveal. But in the meantime here they are re-stained and on the deck.

Don't my annuals look pathetic? I'm embarrassed to show them to you. The deck wasn't finished until late June so the flowers haven't had time to establish. Finger's crossed the fertilizer kicks in before the deck reveal post.

Adirondack Furniture Staining Tips

How To Quickly Stain Wooden Deck Chairs

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How To Stain Adirondack Furniture The Easy Way!

Deck Makeover Series Recap

Project One - DIY Birdhouse Sign
Project Two - Budget-Friendly Deck Restore
Project Three - Easy DIY Solar Fence Lights
Project Four - How To Stain A Super Easy DIY Outdoor Rug
Project Five - A Quick And Easy Way To Re-Stain Adirondack Chairs
Project Six - An Playful Headboard Bench For Two

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