(Closed) Any DIY bees? Trying to update an old rocking chair

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
1812 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

So many possibilities!  I would for sure fix it up.

Firstly it would need a good sanding down, and then painting it white.

As for the seat and the back, I would look into the possibility of upholstering it with material to match the rest of your nursery.

Post # 5
2492 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Wonderstruck:  I’d hand sand it and stain it to bring out the wood grain. You can stain in colours these days. I also agree with the idea of adding fabric, but I’d do it by creating a chair pad that ties on and has a removable cover. It would make baby messes very easy to clean up.  Remember not to replace the woven seat or back unless you know how to make an equally strong one to replace it.

Post # 7
619 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I love it!

I’d either sand it back and stain it, or paint it white, depending on the other colours you’ve got going on in the nursery. I agree with with chair pads too, easy to change when they get a bit grubby, and could also have different colours/themes as your LO gets a bit older, maybe?

Post # 8
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I actually think that chair is great.  I would either paint it or restain it in something other than a high gloss stain so that it will seem a little less 1980s, but the cane could add a lot of cool texture to a room.  Now, how comfortable it is when you’re sitting with a baby is another thing…

Post # 9
1 posts

Don’t update this! Do you know how much it’s worth?! It was “on sale” on fab.com last month for $1200. just in googling around trying to find one I’ve stumbled across so many people who don’t know what a find they have!

Post # 10
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

check out betterafter.net for inspiration!

I recently redid an old dresser using rustoleum’s furniture transformation kit (although google tells me I could have done it cheaper by buying the ingredients separately). it was fun but time consuming. there was no sanding, just scrubbing using liquid sandpaper/deglosser, so that may be an option here.

Post # 11
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Coopsadaisy:  This!  This!!!

Don’t touch it!  Get a bright pillow and keep it the original stain and appearance!  I am speaking from experience with inheriting family furniture of various conditions– if you paint it, antique it, anything, you will kill the value of this piece.  I tried stripping off the paint from a similar style chair that my aunt painted when she was 16, ended up getting ill from the fumes and paid $600 to have it refinished back to what it was before.

You have a piece of family history and they don’t make rocking chairs like that anymore!  Don’t do it!

Post # 12
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would leave the wood as is so if you want to resell it as an antique you could.  For the seat and back I would do cushions that match your nursery colors.  Nice wood and color can go together really well.




I know these aren’t the same style as your chair, but I think they show how a darker wood finish and bright baby friendly colors go so well together.  Good Luck with the project!

Post # 13
1829 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

I have an old rocking chair that I will update when we have a baby. I bought it for $29 dollars at a flea market. It will be work to fix it but once done lovely. I look forward to see some updated pics. I am not pregnant yet, so our task of updating our rocking will not happen for at least 6months + as we are not trying until after our wedding in Jan 2013.

Post # 14
330 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I just snagged a rocker like that at a flea market for a wicked good price. The chair is bentwood, and ones in good condition from the 1980s (which I’m assuming yours is) can go for $150-$500. The one I bought had been previously upholstered, so we’ll refinish it when we finally have kids. I actually really dig the lines. It’s a traditional shape made down south for the past ~120 years or so. The ones from the 1890s can go for $1000 or more! The wood isn’t great on mine, one of the arms is loose, so we’ll probably sand it down and restain it with a clear coat or something, fix the arm & add new fabric. Here’s a neat guide to bentwood rocking chairs: http://www.bedroomfurniturespot.com/bentwood-rocking-chairs-guide


Mine looks like this: http://i00.i.aliimg.com/photo/v1/215261548/Bent_Wood_Rocking_Chair.jpg

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