Does everyone remember my chair that I found at Goodwill? Well, it’s finished. Last weekend something happened and I finished not one, two, or three chairs, but four chairs and almost finished a dresser. Success. Although this project didn’t turn out quite like I had hoped, it is still immensely better than how I found it nearly five months ago.
I thought only the arms needed to be refinished, kind of like what I did here, and that this would be such a quick wonderful project that I could set a timer and show just how easy a project can be. So I got to work and set my timer.
7 minutes. Taping is finished. Maybe I’m a slow taper, but the legs are tapered so I had to rip off a bunch of little pieces to go around the arms. Don’t judge.
31 minutes. I used Furniture Refinisher and took all the stain off the arms.
2 minutes. I took this bad boy into the garage since it was getting dark and applied my Danish Oil. It looked like this after one coat:
Sorry if my terrible garage picture has fooled you and you thought it’s just a washed out picture. There was no change. The wood didn’t soak up any of the oil.
6 minutes. I contemplate a driveway burn pile, come to my senses and call Austin asking, “WHYYYY?!” Who really knows, except it was probably finished with some sort of a wax. Or someone used Pledge on it when the finish was gone. Or that’s why it was still sitting in Goodwill when I found it and everyone knew better. He recommended this wonderful project, which I have used once before with great results.
22 minutes. I took off the tape and started to apply thin coats to the arms, and then later the rest of the chair since the medium brown walnut is a little more red than the chair originally was. It only takes 15 minutes to dry, so I did quick coats, waited, then reapplied.
After a total of 68 minutes, I had this sitting in my driveway.
Oh yes. You bet I had neighbors flocking over to my garage admiring my work. Just kidding, they still think I’m the crazy lady with a garage filled with old smelly furniture. The only thing I wasn’t pleased with was my lack of skill when spraying the lacquer. Even though I tried to be really careful to get even coats, a couple places on the arms and the back of the chair have a few blotches. Not too noticeable, but still it bugs me. See?