The absolute best thing about this chair is that I got it for $2 at a garage sale. I know, you can't believe it, right? I wouldn't either if I hadn't been there!
I'm so sorry that I don't have pictures of the process but I'm going to explain the best I can and keep it brief.
1. I started by sanding the wood. If I had it to do over I would have stripped the wood because sanding took a long time and didn't get all the other varnish off so when it was finished it was two toned.
2. After sanding I washed it with a wet rag to get the dust off.
3. Then I stained it a very dark brown that I got at Lowe's.
4. When it was the color I wanted, I spray painted a polyurethane finish on it to give it the shine. After the first coat, I sanded, then sprayed another coat and sanded. I think I did it about 4 times to get the smooth feel like a professional piece of furniture might have. If you only do it once the wood feels very splintery. I used fine grit sand paper but the guy at Lowe's told me to use steel wool to sand, then another guy that was there when he said it found me in the parking lot and told me to use sand paper not steel wool. I have no idea why. Sorry I can't be more helpful.
5. I stapled the upholstery and hot glued the piping and it was done (I'll do a tutorial on the upholstery in a couple of weeks with another chair I just got).
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