So I found this great hardwood chair at our local Habitat For Humanity ReStore. If you don't have a ReStore near you, it is where people donate furniture and building supplies (paint and nails to doors and light fixtures) and all of the proceeds from sales go to fund Habitat for Humanity.
So they were having a sale and I bought this chair which I thought might be teak and was told was probably mahogany. Either way it was a great chair for our patio that I paid $9.00 after the discount. It was solid which is the most important when looking for a piece to redo. It did need some work as you can see from this "Before" picture.
So I wiped it down, sanded it, wiped it down again, then stained it with a dark stain to match the other dark brown furniture on our patio. *Time-saving tip: Use stain with a protective sealant in it to avoid having to do twice as much work. In the end I am very happy with this chair I will have for years to come for $9.00 that went to a great cause.