Good Questions: Refinishing Canvas and Wood Chair?

Good Questions: Refinishing Canvas and Wood Chair?

Colleen Quinn
Jul 14, 2009

Apartment Therapy DC reader Abigail needs help refinishing a free chair:

"I got this chair for free and it could do with some TLC. I plan to sand and restain it with a water-based stain, but I am wondering if I need to completely detach the canvas before I do. Will the stain stick to the black nylon cord that attaches the canvas to the wood? Is it worth my time to take the whole thing apart, or should I just be very careful and stain around the nylon as much as possible? There are 50 holes through which I would need to rethread the nylon after the staining is complete. I'd appreciate your advice!"

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Abigail,
Given the amount of work involved if you completely dissect this free find, we would recommend the careful-stain-around-the-nylon approach. Of course, that advice assumes that you love the existing color and texture of the seat; if you don't then you may as well remove it now. Have any readers refinished similar chairs? If so, please share your advice in the comments below...

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