Before on the left, after on the right. One down, four to go!
I stripped off the old dirt and varnish with Nitromores, sanded the wood work down, stained it and then varnished. Next, i removed the cushion pad and recovered it (the old fashioned way, with a hammer and upholstery tacks). Finally I reattached the base using some new screws and a power drill - which as a first for me! Despite all the chemicals, hammers, nails and power tools, I survived unscathed!