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!"
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...