One of my projects this week was to refinish my husband's old rocking chair that my mother in law passed down to our son, Parker. It holds many wonderful memories and was well loved. I wanted to preserve the antique feel of it, but also wanted to give it a slightly new face lift. I decided to stain it instead of paint it, even though painting would have been much easier!
We had a gorgeous day on Friday so I took advantage and brought the chair outside to sand it. One of my favorite sanders for this type of project is the Skil sander. It has several different types of attachments to get into all of those nooks and crannies and has a great attachment to easily sand the spindles.
After sanding, wipe off excess dust with a wet cloth.
Once dry, apply stain with a soft cloth. Wipe stain in direction of wood grain. For a darker stain, apply an additional coat. Here, I used Minwax's 'Dark Walnut' that I already had on hand. I let it dry overnight and applied two coats of Polyacrylic 'Clear Gloss' in spray can form the next morning. Lightly sand between each coat of Polyacrylic. I highly recommend using a Polyacrylic for any piece of furniture that needs to withstand some abuse. Wait 24 hours before use.
Now its ready to be enjoyed by the next generation!
Do you have a piece of furniture that you want to refinish but are afraid to take the plunge?