Monday, August 13, 2012
A finished chair
Yep I did it! I finished my little orphaned chair. He's bright, clean, shiny and new again.
So here's where I left off:
After scraping off all the old stain and finish, I wiped down the chair and let it sit for 24 hours. Then I purchased a semi-gloss polyurethane as my topcoat. (I decided against stain since I really liked the grain and nature of the wood alone.) Once I put a coat of polyurethane on, I let that cure for about 48 hours in my garage. (Some say as little as 8 hours and the average is 24 hours but I just wanted to make sure, sure sure!)
After I let the finish set, I began to polish it out with some fine #0000 steel wool and furniture polish. This evened out the finish, brought the gloss to more of satin, and any rough little bumps that might have dried with the finish were smoothed out.
Meanwhile, I enlisted Thom's help to tackle the seat cover and the remove all the old staples. I couldn't believe how fast he got them out. Lucky for him, it only took about half an hour, whereas I have been trying for two weeks! Once he removed all the staples, we were surprised to find not only one old dingy seat cover but two. I guess my little chair has already gone through a makeover. :P
So here are my project before's and after's:
Just some extra info:
Here's the beginning post on this adventure.
Here's a great tutorial on staining and finishing wood.
Here's a great tutorial on upholstery basics.