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A Guest Post "Refinishing an Adirondack Bench & Chair with Chalk Paint" by Tracie Fossum

My friend Tracie Fossum with Inspired Finish recently refinished my Adirondack bench & chair. She started her company about a year ago, and has been refinishing amazing furniture pieces with chalk paint ever since.

(Before picture of my red bench.)

I was extremely impressed with the results and can hardly believe what she was able to do with my very weathered pieces. If you are up for the challenge, Tracie has given detailed steps on how you can do it too!

1) I cleaned and lightly sanded all of the old paint, removing paint chips, peeling and dirt.  I then filled in some of the more damaged areas with wood putty. 2)Next I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Duck Egg for the base coat of the entire bench.  3) Annie Sloan Provence was the top coat.  4) I lightly distressed the edges and slats of the bench and chair to reveal both the Duck Egg paint color underneath, and in some places, the original red of the bench which further created the beach vintage feel. 5) I put a thin coat of Annie Sloan lacquer as the top coat.

Since the bench began to yellow in the sun and didn't seem to be holding up to the rain/weather, I repainted the entire bench.  1)I lightly sanded again, sanding the entire piece(s).  I spent extra time on the areas that receive the most exposure to sun/rain, sanding off any areas that had yellowed.  2)  I color matched Annie Sloan's colors, both Duck Egg and Provence, but this time used a Behr Ultra exterior paint that is both primer and top coat, choosing the Satin Finish which is the lowest sheen available for this type of exterior paint.  3)I painted one coat of Duck Egg on the entire bench and chair.  4)Next, I painted a coat of Provence over both the top and bottom of the bench and chair.  5)  I lightly distressed to reveal the Duck Egg underneath.  6) I did not want to leave raw wood exposed which happens when you sand/distress, so in many areas I used a small brush to dry brush a very small amount of Duck Egg over the Provence to achieve the look of a distressed piece without leaving any areas of the bench/chair exposed to the elements.  Since this is an outdoor piece I wanted to achieve a distressed two color look without compromising the protection of the paint.

I loved my newly refinished pieces so much that I decided to have our children photographed in them! If you are interested in having Tracie bring back to life some of your weathered pieces, please contact Tracie Fossum at or (949) 547-0738. Her website is

Look for her next guest post on wall stenciling...coming soon!


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