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Revive Your Old Chair

Breathe new life into an old chair by giving the frame a makeover

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It’s simple to make old furniture new again. All it takes is a little sanding and a lick of beeswax, follow our simple step-by-step instructions to get started.

  1. Make any repairs to your chair (glues and sprays work well on wood).

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  2. Sand down the wooden surfaces – start with a coarse sandpaper grit and then move onto a finer paper.

    For a smoother finish, start with a coarse sanding sheet and then finish with a finer sanding sheet.

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  3. Wipe the surfaces clean with white spirit.

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  4. Apply a beeswax coat, allow some time for it to absorb, and then buff. Repeat this 5/6 times (more if required, for optimum shine).

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  5. Remove the inner seat frame and place the fabric in the desired position.

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  6. Place some temporary staples to keep the fabric in position (make sure the fabric pile brushes down from back to front).

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  7. Staple the fabric underneath the seat frame, and place the desired folds in the seat corners, if required. Cut away any excess fabric, if necessary (leave a 1.5cm gap between staples).

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  8. Replace seat frame into chair.

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Revive Your Old Chair