I spent the weekend getting ready for the first day of school (which was today) and refinishing a couple pieces of furniture. This little chair was a fun, quick fix. I bought this chair for $4.99 at my local Goodwill. The yellowy light birchy wood look is so very 90s to me. Light wood paired with the silver colored metal seems dated as well.
I bought this chair for the bent plywood and the airy shape of the metal frame. At first I thought I might just paint the whole thing a bright color. But, then I decided that with a little stain, the grain in the seat and back might look really sharp. So, I sanded the seat and back down to the bare wood and then used a dark walnut colored stain. I sealed the wood with a almost matte finished water based varnish. The frame got a good sanding and a fresh coat of flat white spray paint.
I replaced all the screws, most of them had been pulled out. When I replaced the stripped screws, I used a couple broken off toothpicks in the holes to hold the screws in place. It's a great trick when screws get pulled out of hingers or cabinet doors.