My first thought was to paint it, but since the wood was in good condition I decided that it would be a good candidate for my first re-staining project. My plan was to remove the old cushion and webbing that was the support for the seat. Then I would strip the old stain, apply new stain, re-web the seat, get a new cushion and cover it. The process started out pretty easy with ripping off all the old cushion. There were about a million upholstery nails to remove, but I eventually got them all out. Then I thought that I would just start sanding off the poly finish, but that wasn't working so well, so the project went on hold for a few months. I knew that I needed to use some type of stain stripper, and that I would need to do that work in a well ventilated area, a.k.a. the garage, so I had to wait until the weather was warm enough.
Finally a couple weeks ago I dragged the chair into the garage and got to work. The stain stripper was easy to use and seemed to do a nice job taking off the old finish and most of the reddish stain color. Once I scraped off the stain, I waited (very impatiently) for the wood to dry, then I sanded it down to get it ready to be stained again.
The stain color I picked was called Jacobean. It was pretty much the darkest brown I could find at Home Depot. The only think that bothered me about it was how to pronounce the name, haha! Is it JOCK-o-bean, or Ja-CO-be-an? I just couldn't decide. Anywho, I applied 2 or 3 coats of stain, I don't really remember. Once the color was dark enough, I let the chair dry overnight before spraying on a couple coats of satin polyurethane.
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|Not the best foam cutting job, but nothing that a little batting can't fix.|
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