We started with two solid wood chairs from a local consignment shop. The wood was in pretty good condition, so we decided to refinish the wood verse paint it.
The finish was worn, so I decided to completely sand it down and re-stain. I'm glad that I did because it revealed pretty wood grain underneath. The stain seemed to be semi-opaque because some of the grain showed through and some didn't.
We started with the orbital sander - 80 grit sand paper to quickly remove the finish (being careful on the round legs not to flatten them). Then to get into the crevices, we wrapped a putty knife (I used) and a wood shim (David used) with sandpaper. The thin, firm but slightly flexible tip allowed us to quickly remove the finish in the hard to reach spots. We then finished sanding with 220 grit sandpaper to give the wood a smooth finish. (ps, don't worry Annabelle wasn't actually this close when I was sanding, she just came to visit :)
Finally, we stained the chairs with Minwax Classic Gray. I wanted something fairly neutral so that the color wouldn't change drastically, and this was perfect!
We upholstered the cushion with Caitlin Wilson Textiles, Mint Tall Chevron. I LOVE the bright subtle chevron pattern! Isn't her fabric the best!?
Pulling tight, we put a few staples in all four sides and then worked towards the corners. We like to look at the sides every time we pull, to make sure that it looks even and then staple. For the corners we cut off the extra batting and then staple the side under and then tuck the fabric in and fold the front over.
We reattached the seat to the base and then we were finished!
I decided to take a few photos in the garage using the feature wall that we stenciled back in March for Creating with the Stars. I wanted to take advantage of it before we have to paint it over in a few weeks when we move out ... I'll have photos in the office for the room tour (coming soon! :)
I love the wood grain! So glad that I decided not to paint!
Love the brightness that the fabric brings!
This is our last (planned) furniture redo before we move at the end of summer, so I'll be sharing full room reveals soon. I still have some projects that I want to add to finish the spaces, so look out for those soon!