Friday, December 9, 2011

Refinished kitchen chairs

While waiting between coats to dry on the refinishing of the
table I've been working on the chairs and they are now completed.

A friend of mine was getting rid of these ladder backs and asked
if I wanted them.  They were certainly in need of a new
finish but they matched our kitchen table better than
what we were using at the time ... and they were free, so umm
... yeah I'll take 'em.

A before shot
I started out with just deglossing them which did wonders but then I
decided to hand sand to smooth them over.  The original finish had
worn down so much that the wood was drying out and had gotten rough.

Cleaned and baby smooth

I used Minwax PolyShades in Bombay Mahogany. 
It was only after I had started to work on the first one that I realized that
I should have used just stain instead of a stain/polyurethane mix.  There are
so many curves and corners (again!) that it made keeping the finish a constant even shade pretty much impossible.

Using a brush wasn't very productive.  The turned legs and stretchers
don't mash well with a straight lined brush, so I had to rag it on ... that's not how
you apply polyurethanes.  It took me 2 very full days to complete
all 6 chairs but I'm pretty happy with how the finish turned out on the frames. 

A little distressing on the edges to amp up the details.

I'm not sure if I like how the seats turned out but these are just temporary 
chairs anyway, so this will do for now.

So the chairs are done and just waiting for the table to come back up
and join them ... hopefully just one more coat of varnish to go.

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