Refinishing a mid-century chair

Refinishing a mid-century chair

If I'm really motivated I can do a project in one day, start to finish.

This does mean getting up early (blurk) and ignoring some other chores though (yay!). 

This funky retro diner is an iconic Jon Jansen chair, and it was started and finished in a day.

This includes cleaning, sanding, staining, varnishing and upholstery. Whahoo!

Voodoo Molly has a great range of Vintage Stain colours -- Whitewash, Rimu, Kauri, Mahogany, Dark Oak and Ebony. 

In Clearcoats, Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat comes in Semi-Gloss or Low Sheen. There is also a Semi-Gloss Wipe-on version that is great as a restorer. 

If you want to do a similar restoration process at home on your dining chairs, here's the method I used: 

1. Use anelectric sander for the flat sides and sanded the legs and sand the curves by hand. Remember to wear a dust mask every time you sand, as well as ear muffs when using electric sanders. Safety first peeps! I used 180 grit for the first round of sanding, then 240 grit, and then a final zip over with 360 grit.
2. Watch of the sanding dust with a wet cloth. The cloth will remove the dust but also "raise the grain". When dry, lightly sand again with 360 grit sandpaper to smooth out that raised grain. Clean off the dust again with a damp cloth. 
2. Use Voodoo Molly Vintage Stain "Mahogany" to bring out the natural glow of the wood. You can apply it with a brush or a a soft, lint-free cloth. Disposable gloves are essential, as is stirring VERY WELL before - and during - the application! While waiting for the stain to dry start working on the upholstery. 
3. Using the existing fabric as a pattern, I used a staple gun to attach it. Some self-made gimp braid covered up the staples. 
4. When the stain is dry, give it a coat of Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat in "Semi Gloss". Gently stir the clearcoat before applying (do not shake it, or you'll get air bubbles) and quickly apply it with a perfectl clean brush. I use the same brush when varnishing (hence why "varnish" is written on it!). 

Posted: Fri 28 Sep 2018

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