M | H Theater Seat's Makeover (Step-by-Step Guide)


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 glued and clamped the plywood together where it had separated. This process took a few days because there was a lot of separation in the seats, as you can see in the “before” picture above.

  • Once the veneer was completely removed and everything was fixed/glued, I used 60 grit sandpaper on my orbital sander because I needed something really course to get rid of any leftover glue

  • I followed up with 120 grit sandpaper on my sander and smoothed everything out

  • I then wiped everything down with Mineral Spirits. Once it was nice and dry I started the painting process

The Painting Process:

The Staining Process:

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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