Vanity Stool Resto




Introduction: Vanity Stool Resto

About: Applications Engineer for a mechanical seal company. Also run The Part-Time Woodshop!!

In this quick project i take an old vanity stool my mother used as a young woman growing up and fully restore it to live another life.

I used just a few tools in order to to do this:

  1. pliers
  2. screwdrivers
  3. rubber mallet
  4. wood glue
  5. clamps
  6. staple gun

That's pretty much it.

Step 1: Tear Down

First strip off all the old upholstery and any padding. This will all be replaced.

Next up I decided to completely disassemble the frame and re-glue due to some failing joints. You can see in the picture an example of the gaps.

Once torn down use this opportunity to strip all the old finish off using any choice of stripper desired.(make sure to follow the directions on the bottle and wear proper protective equipment)

Step 2: Glue and Assembly

Once all finish has been removed you are ready to glue everything back up. I used titebond 2 wood glue for this.

You can clearly see in the pictures how much tighter the joints are.

Step 3: Stain and Poly

I decided to stain this piece following the directions on the can and finished it with several coats of wipe on poly.

Step 4: Add Upholestery and Done!!

Pick your choice of fabric and reupholster your seat. I did not take any pictures of this process but there are tons and tons of videos you can search to help you out with this step.


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3 Discussions


4 years ago

How did you get the pieces apart? In other words, how did you loosen the glue that was in the other tight joints? I have a couple of pieces that I wanted to dis-assemble and re-assemble because of loose/poor joints, but could never figure out how.


Reply 4 years ago

Beachside hank nailed it. I use the soft mallet to lightly tap on the joints until they loosened and came apart. But be careful you don't want to force anything. Also the piece does have corner bracing under the seat I just never got a good picture of it.


Reply 4 years ago

I've restored and repaired many chairs, and the best way I found is to firmly tap the joints apart sequentially, using a rubber mallet. eventually they all tend to move apart in unison if carefully done. Most chair joints are constructed with dowels, and the lower stretcher rungs tend to be of a tenon type. The saber leg design like the author did is rather easy to disassemble, and would benefit with the addition of corner blocking of the frame and rails upon rebuild since no lower stretchers are used.