Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Remember these chairs that I purchased at Goodwill for $60?
Oh, it’s no big deal, really. Just one of those little surprises that often accompanies thrift store purchases. The chair was broken, and I didn’t even notice it, because it was being held together pretty well with the fabric! Once the fabric was removed, the top piece broke right off.
Oh well. Two steps forward, one step back. It’s nothing that can’t be fixed. BUT…let’s focus on something a little more pleasant–the EASY way to refinish wood.
I know that the idea of refinishing wood is very daunting for some people, as you envision having to remove every speck of the old finish, right down to the bare wood, by tediously sanding the intricately carved details on chair legs, etc. Yeah, that’s no fun. But it’s also not necessary!
The method I used on these chairs was quick and easy, and made a world of difference. I simply used some 150-grit sandpaper and manually (not with an electric sander) sanded all of the surfaces and edges just to smooth the surfaces and remove the very top layer of…well…who knows what. Dirt? Grime? Polyurethane? Cigarette smoke? Yeah, gross.
Then I used a sponge brush and a clean rag to put a layer of new stain over the top. So simple! I’m going to polyurethane them also, but the stain alone make such a huge difference. See for yourself!
Here’s a chair leg before I sanded and stained:
So, I just need to sand, stain, and repair the one chair, and I’ll be ready to reupholster them. And wait til you see the fabric I’m going to use! I’ll give you a hint…I didn’t purchase it from a fabric store. I purchased it from my favorite store. Any ideas?
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