I recently picked up this antique pew chair from Jamie and Andy as I drove through Nashville. Jamie has had it for a long time, and I suppose she had trouble parting with it. Their house is small, and it doesn’t really match her décor at the present time. It’s been stored in their garage for a few months since she got her vintage dining table.
A recent phone conversation with jamie went something like this:
- jamie-what are you going to do with the pew chair?
- me-I suppose I’ll just paint it and sell it.
- jamie-I miss that chair
- me-I suppose I could paint it and use it in my kitchen.
- jamie-I hate to see it painted white
- me-it’s just paint, and that way it would stay in the family and you can have it back when you have a place to put it.
- jamie-no real response from her, and then the subject got changed.
One day last week, we had a really nice day, and I couldn’t figure out what to do for the day. I wanted something I could start and finish in one day because we were having a heat wave set in.
I got out the chair and started working on it.
It IS such a unique piece, that I decided maybe I shouldn’t paint it white.
I do not know what kind of wood it is, nor do I have a clue what kind of finish was on it. Being very old, I’m sure it had a couple of coats of something on it. I used Zip Strip, and the old finish came off really easy. However, I ran out of it.
So I started sanding, and sanding, and sanding. I was getting nowhere FAST!
You can see that I still had all the bottom portion to do. I didn’t want to spend time and effort on sanding those legs.
I made a run to The Home Depot to pick up some more stripper. They don’t carry the Zip Strip, so I got this Citristrip that I’ve heard a lot of people use.
It’s not really for impatient people. It states you need to wait 30 minutes to remove the gunk. (up to 24 hours) Nope, not waiting 24 hours-I needed this project done today! I don’t have any “in progress” pics because when you have gunk covered gloves on you can’t really pick up the camera to take pics.
After removing the stripper, I wiped the entire chair down with odorless mineral spirits.
Then I sanded it all over to get a smooth surface.
While at The Home Depot, I picked up some new stain. Because the chair had been very dark, I decided to stain it with Ebony from Minwax.
Here it is with two light coats of stain on it.
I applied a coat of Wipe-On Poly (satin).
It’s not as dark as it was, but I hope you love it Jamie!
It’s a fun chair, that has now found a new home in my kitchen.
I’m not a fan of stripping furniture, can you tell me your secret? What do you use?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.