Old Chairs-new Life
We were given 6 of these chairs. They just needed a makeover.
They were beat up, needed glue and screws for stability and a new look (because they were ugly).
I tried sanding them. A complete fail. I tried a heat gun which was another fail. So I stripped them with nontoxic Super Strip from Lowes ($3.00). I found that after applying the stripper it was much easier to let the stuff set for 5 minutes or so and then 'washed' it off using water and a plastic dish scrubber. Water raised the grain a bit so I lightly sanded them.
I stained the seats with a black walnut. It allowed some of the grain to show through. I painted everything else with a paint called Lincolns Cabin also from Lowes. These are my "new" kitchen chairs. They will go with a table we have yet to build from 40 year old reclaimed wood that was part of an old out building.
I decided they needed seat cushions. They are made from 2 inch foam covered with white material (old bed sheet) then I just crocheted around it. They actually machine wash really well. The dark blue pillow behind the chair is the dog bed for the dog who suppose to be a totally outside dog.....never happened (grin)