These theater seats were definitely a labor of love, but they were so worth it! Below is the process I took to restore them and give them a second chance at life!
The Prep Process:
I took apart everything and removed the top layer of veneer. The veneer was really messed up and beyond repair so my only option was to take it all off. I ended up scraping and chipping it all off with a hammer and metal putty knife/scrapper. There were a few stubborn spots, but thankfully most of it came off pretty easily.
I then wiped everything down with Mineral Spirits. Once it was nice and dry I started the painting process
The Painting Process:
I started by priming the bottom of the seats with BIN Primer
I then sealed the bottom with a coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat
After the bottom of the seats were nice and dry, I laid out the vinyl cut-outs. My sister has a Silhouette and graciously cut out the letters and paint brush so I could customize the theater seats. I sketched out all of my measurements before I started applying the vinyl cut-outs and the paint.
I then painted 2 coats of General Finishes Lamp Black to the vinyl-cut outs or stencils, in this case.
I touched up the black and white areas
I then sealed the bottoms, again, with another coat of General Finishes High Performance Top Coat in Flat to protect it
The Staining Process:
I applied a slip coat of Mineral Spirits.
I applied 2 coats of Special Walnut by Minwax, letting each coat dry well in-between
Sealed the stained areas with Minwax Polyurethane
Once everything cleaned, fixed, painted and stained, I put everything back together. I replaced the old screws and bolts with new ones since the originals were rusty and pretty bent up. I purchased the new ones from Lowe’s.
I love that I am able to use these in my studio and believe it or not, they are actually pretty comfortable to sit in!
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