I bought these chairs from my local thrift for $3.00, they had a great look, but needed a re-vamp. The wood needed to be brought back to life, and those ratty seat cushions needed to be replaced. So here's what I did:
Step 1: Remove the Seat
First, I removed the seat and seat back in order to make it easier to sand.
Step 2: Sand
Then, I sanded, and sanded some more. If you have an electric sander use it to save your hands and time (Bonus: If you have a boyfriend or girlfriend tell them how fun it'll be to help sand). I didn't use stripper though because it wasn't necessary but you may want to if the chair has heavy or multiple coats of varnish or if it's painted. Make sure you read through the directions on the can.
Step 3: Remove Dust
Take a damp cloth a wipe the sanded chairs down to remove the dust.
Step 4: Stain or Paint
Choose a stain and follow the directions on the can. Staining your chair will alter the color of the wood and protect it, but the wood might look great without...it's up to you.
Step 5: Replace Seat
Re-screw the seat and seat back onto the chair, then take a seat!
Time elapsed: approximatley eight hours. Total cost: approximatley $13.00.
Overall this was a fairly easy project and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the look of old-timey chairs... and with time to kill. Thanks for looking!