I refinished these chairs and foot rests for a friend. I am happy with the final product. The big lesson: Doing a thorough job of refinishing takes A LOT of time and work. My wife and I probably spent 20 hours over several weeks to do this. It would have been faster (and only a little more expensive considering the time investment) to just build new ones from scratch considering that these are just made from pine. These had some sentimental value, so it was worth the time.