Old Furniture Made New – DIY Dining Chair Refurbished

Have you got some old furniture around your house that could use a refresh? DIY Specialist Natasha Dickins from Little Red Industries shares how you can refurbish your old furniture and give it new life!

“I love a vintage find. But usually old furniture needs some changes to make it collectible again, and I have a three-step plan that works for any makeover,” says Natasha.

  • Remove the one thing that makes it most dated. In this case it’s the old red vinyl.
  • Add an element to make it more functional and modern, which will be new varnish to protect the plywood.
  • Improve the experience by sanding the frame and renewing the finish for a designer result.’





  • Drill or screwdriver
  • Hand-sanding block or random orbital sander, with 120 and 240-grit abrasive paper
  • 2 paint brushes
  • Paint stirrer
  • Clean cloths


A combination of stain and varnish provides a tint to highlight the woodgrain while providing a protective coating.

“Satin finish is a modern contrast to the previously shinier, lighter tan colour popular when this chair was originally made in the late 1960s,” Natasha says.

Tip: Don’t scrimp on your brushes! It’s the key to a lovely finish and should be soft, clean and no wider than 50mm for working on small surfaces like a chair.


Step 1: Dismantle the chair

Remove the seat and backrest using a drill or screwdriver to undo the screws, keeping them to reuse later.

Tip: Check the frame is sturdy, applying adhesive to any wonky joints and clamping to dry.

Step 2: Smooth out scratches and dents

Use a random orbital sander or a hand-sanding block with 120-grit abrasive paper to sand all surfaces, smoothing along the edges and corners, down the legs and around the feet. Wipe the dust away with a clean cloth.

Step 3: Renew the frame

Use a clean paintbrush to apply Monocel Varnish & Stain over the entire frame, working fast and watching for drips. Apply two coats, leaving to dry thoroughly between each.

Tip: Load up your brush then seal it in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out between coats.

Step 4: Remove the upholstery

Take off the vinyl and foam using staple remover and multitool then sand both sides of the plywood with 120 then, 240-grit abrasive paper, rounding over the edges so the seat is comfortable to sit on.

Step 5: Clean up the plywood

Cover small holes in the plywood with timber filler and use dowel to fill bigger holes, gluing it with fast-drying Bondcrete, then cut the protruding ends and sand smooth.

Step 6: Seal the seat and backrest

Use a clean brush to apply Monocel Clear Wood Varnish in Satin, working it into the edges and leaving to dry thoroughly.

Step 7: Reassemble the chair

To put the chair together, check the old screws don’t protrude through the seat and backrest, replacing them with shorter timber screws if necessary.

Dining chair reveal!



It’s that quick and simple to transform an old dining chair into one you’d proudly show off to your friends and family.

If you refurbish your own dining chair be sure to hashtag #bondall on Instagram and Facebook for a feature, and tag @littleredindustries to share the love for refurbishing old furniture!

Bondall has been leading the building industry for over 50 years. With products that are environmentally and user-friendly we’re focused on extending the life of your finished projects and building materials.

For more information on the Bondall Monocel products used in Natasha’s refurbished dining chair contact us today.