We made a couple of video tutorials on how to refurbish a wooden chair in the past. Here’s another one for a surf shack-themed home office from a self-styled digital nomad, beach bum, and island boy. If you ever find yourself picking up a chair (or any kind of furniture for that matter) from a thrift shop and it doesn’t look like much, no worries, you can always give it a new look. Watch how to do a chair makeover in this video.

How to Refurbish a Wooden Chair

The process is straightforward, and goes as follows:

  1. Remove the seat cushion.
  2. Fill the holes in the frame with Boysen Natural Wood Paste Filler B-60. Let it dry overnight.
  3. Sand surface until smooth then wipe off dust and dirt with a dry rag.
  4. Shake and stir Boysen Xyladecor before painting. Lightly brush along the grain to remove excess material and to smooth out any runs. Leave each coat for about 4-8 hours or until totally dry. Recoat to get a darker shade.
  5. Once dry, thoroughly shake a container of Hudson Timbercoat before using then apply as topcoat. You can apply 3 coats, with 2-hour intervals between coats. Let it cure for 7 days.
  6. Reupholster the seat with your choice of material and color. When done, attach to the chair frame.

What is Boysen Xyladecor?

In the video, Boysen Xyladecor is used as a primer.

Boysen Xyladecor is a solvent-based, deep penetrating type of stain that combines decorativewater repellent and wood preserving properties in one product. It dries to a silk matte finish and is fit for both exterior and interior wood surfaces. The product emphasizes the grain, bringing out the natural beauty in any kind of wood.

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Hudson Timbercoat

In the video, Hudson Timbercoat is used as topcoat.

Hudson Timbercoat is a one-component, water-based, non-yellowing urethane coating ideal for finishes on wood and parquet floors used for residences, condominiums, offices, and townhouses. It is easy to apply and can resist constant traffic and abrasion thanks to its outstanding flexibility. Learn more about the product by clicking on the post below.

Product Highlight: Hudson Timbercoat

More Video Tutorials

As mentioned, we made other video tutorials on how to refurbish wooden furniture. Please click on the posts below.

There are many links to other video tutorials in this post about dressing up your dresser for your Scandi space.

Scandi Space: Dressing Up Your Dresser (VIDEO)

Or you can follow one of our earliest videos that shows how to repaint an old wooden chair. For this video, the wood was painted yellow. Some people are against this because they love wood and want to see the grain. It’s entirely up to you, of course, how you’d like to refurbish a chair for your home. For this chair, the putty used was Boysen Plasolux Glazing Putty, the primer was Boysen Flatwall Enamel, and the topcoat was Boysen Quick Drying Enamel.

More Surf Shack-Themed Video Tutorials

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If you have technical questions about any of the Boysen products, just call out technical team at (02) 8363-9738 local 417 to 418 during office hours, or write an email to ask@myboysen.com.


Annie is the Managing Editor of Let it B | MyBoysen Blog. An unrepentant workaholic, she runs this blog and her own company Talking Lions (https://talkinglions.com). She thrives on collaborating with people who are good at what they do, and working together with them to create something special. Annie learned interior styling while managing her own wholesale business in the Netherlands, importing high-end, handmade home furnishings to stock four outlets and a showroom in the country.

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