I did this refinishing project last fall but am just now getting around to documenting. I decided it was time to pass along the old kitchen set that my parents had kept for years to my sister (who needed a table), and time for me to do something new!
Before our big move I bought some vintage chairs with great potential. They had upholstered seats (which I swore never to get as kids would destroy them), and wobbled quite a bit. I loved the finish actually, but I knew I needed to add some screws for stability, and on half the chairs the finish was flaking. So do I go safe and re-stain or bold?
Bold of course! I was refinishing the chairs in my parent's garage and after getting a coat of the sunny yellow on my mom casually asked me if I meant it to be so bright (probably thinking--eek!). Yes I did mean it. I love bright yellow.
I am no carpenter but they turned out just as I hoped (quirky and bright). I left them unfinished as I decided what to do, and then decided to leave them unfinished for fun. I do wish I had put a clear acrylic on the wood to protect it from stains, I plan to go back and do that someday.
I still enjoy my silly sunny chairs.