person scraping old paint off of a vintage chair
Photo: Mark Weiss

How to Turn Tag-Sale Trash into Treasure

This Old House staffers love to haul home scruffy vintage steals that have hidden potential. Case in point: We bought this turned-leg chair at a tag sale for $30, knowing a looker lurked beneath the crusty coats of paint. Removing them is a simple task for beginners and experts alike: We applied a good chemical stripper, waited until it penetrated the finish, then used a few basic tools and a little elbow grease to unearth the bare wood. If your old kitchen chairs could use an overhaul, here’s what you need for the job.
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