Did you paint it or varnish it?
What does the label on the can say about cure/dry time?
Karen, three days should work for normal use.
It will still not be fully cured for a good cleaning or scuff resistance for a couple of weeks.
If they are "greasy" feeling, wash them first using murphy oil soap. Then a light sanding should take care of any other residue, unless they are heavily scratched.
Yes any grease needs to come off and they need to be scuffed up with a fine sanding sponge. A water based liquid deglosser will accomplish the cleaning and scuffing in one and not leave an oily residue like the oil soap.
Then you are ready for priming and painting.
When priming over existing stained work, it's nice to use an oil primer for extra adhesion to the old hard varnish.
I painted the legs and stained the top. The label says to let it dry 3 days before light use. This is my first varnishing project and I didn't want to mess it up!
Thanks for all your responses.
It's best to wait as long as you have the patience for. At least three days. For the chairs just clean them and then use CeCe Caldwell's paint. No sanding, no priming. It will cover in one coat if you're going light over light or dark over dark two if dark over light. It really is time saving. www.shabbydaze.com for more info. Post your pics!
Shabby Daze, how well does CeCe Caldwell's paint hold up to people contstantly sitting in the chairs?