Refurbishing old chairs - step by step
Old chairs can be worked up and beautified with relatively little effort. This is especially worthwhile with antique and solid wood chairs.
1. Preparing old chairs for work up
For chairs with seat cushions, carefully remove the chair cushions before restoring them. The upholstery covers can often be refreshed by simple measures such as washing and ironing. Of course, new fabric creations can also be selected according to individual taste.
2. Setting up the chair and having tools ready
With the right tools and aids, old chairs can be worked up well. The chair is placed on a painting mat or newspaper. Must be provided paintbrushes, screwdrivers, paint strippers, expanders or clamps, face mask, gloves and wood or wood or wax and wood glue.
third Stripper facilitates restoration
If the chair is painted, then remove the old paint with a paint stripper. When removing stains, work outdoors if possible and use face mask and gloves. The paint stripper is brushed generously and evenly with a paintbrush about three centimeters wide. Let the stripping agent work according to manufacturer's recommended time.
When the chair throws bubbles, the stripper has its full effect and now the mechanical pickling work begins. The paint is removed with a spatula. If necessary, remove the stain several times if it has several lacquer layers.
5. Thoroughly clean and sand the chair before painting
After the paint removal process, the chair is thoroughly cleaned with lukewarm water and dried. Afterwards, the chair can be sanded gently with either a soft emery paper or a soft sanding machine. This allows old chairs to be worked up gently and thoroughly.
6. Also remove borders, seam lines and cracks from paint residues
To do this, carefully remove joints, for example chair legs, where possible. Remove paint residues in the joints, surrounds and seams with a chisel and clean and dry well. Even with cracks, carefully remove paint residues and spread generously with wood paste. Let it dry and sand it.
. 7 Attaching loose chair parts
The loose parts can be fixed with white glue, a special wood glue, and screwed down if necessary. For the chair to be securely glued, the joints must be pressed firmly together. This can best be achieved with a tension belt, expander or clamping clips. Then let the chair dry well. Sand off excess glue and clean with warm water.
8. Painting, oiling or waxing your chair
Oiling, waxing or varnishing with colorless or pigmented varnish - anything is possible. Here decides the taste and functionality. If the wood is to be spared it is recommended to grow or oil the chair. If the chair is subject to high loads, varnishing is recommended. Before the seats and upholstery, if any, are re-attached, the oil-wax or varnish layer should be dry.