Upholstered chairs are a beautiful addition to any home. However, after years of use, the wood on the chair may become worn or damaged, detracting from the chair's aesthetic appeal. Refinishing the wood on an upholstered chair is an easy way to restore its look and ensure that it lasts for many more years. This guide will provide step-by-step instructions on how to refinish wood on an upholstered chair and make it look as good as new.
Before starting the refinishing process, make sure you have all the necessary supplies. Here's a list of what you'll need:- Sandpaper (80-grit, 120-grit, and 220-grit)- Tack cloth- Paint stripper- Mineral spirits- Wood filler- Wood stain- Clear coat/topcoat- Paintbrushes- Gloves- Eye protectionMake sure to wear protective gloves and eye protection throughout the refinishing process.
The first step in refinishing the wood on an upholstered chair is to remove the upholstery. This will make it easier to work on the wood and prevent any accidental staining or damage. Use a screwdriver or pliers to remove any screws or staples holding the upholstery in place. Be careful not to damage the fabric or padding while removing it. Once the upholstery is removed, set it aside in a safe place.
With the upholstery removed, it's time to strip the finish off the wood. Apply a paint stripper to the wood and let it sit for the recommended amount of time. Use a scraper to remove the old finish and any remaining residue. Repeat this process until all the finish is removed. After stripping the finish off the wood, wipe it down with a tack cloth and mineral spirits to remove any remaining residue.
If there are any dents, scratches, or chips in the wood, now is the time to repair them. Use a wood filler to fill any gaps, and sand the wood with 120-grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth surface. Once the wood filler is dry, sand again with 220-grit sandpaper. Wipe the wood down with a tack cloth after sanding to remove any dust or debris.
After the wood is repaired and sanded, it's time to apply the stain. Choose a stain that closely matches the original color of the wood. Use a paintbrush to apply the stain in the direction of the wood grain. Let the stain sit for the recommended amount of time, then wipe off any excess with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you achieve the desired color.
Once the stain is dry, it's time to apply the clear coat or topcoat. This will protect the wood and give it a glossy finish. Use a paintbrush to apply the clear coat or topcoat in thin, even strokes. Allow the coat to dry completely between coats, and repeat until you achieve the desired level of gloss.
Refinishing the wood on an upholstered chair is a simple process that can restore the chair's beauty and ensure its longevity. By following these steps, you can easily refinish the wood on any upholstered chair and make it look as good as new. Just remember to take your time, wear protective gear, and work in a well-ventilated area to ensure a successful refinishing process.