I'm sharing a wooden rocking chair makeover for this month's Thrift Store Decor Team project. I guess it's a little more than a makeover. The wooden rocking chair needed some repairs. But you can just skip that part if your rocking chair just needs painting. Yes, this rocking chair makeover involves painting, but I think that's okay because it was already black.
Would you have passed on this wooden rocking chair in such bad shape? I scooped it right up (from a neighbor).
But, after I got it home, I saw this! Yikes!
Repairing Broken Furniture, Where To Begin?
For this broken wooden rocking chair, I had to remove the screws someone had used to hold the chair seat together.
I added Gorilla Wood Glue under the chair spindles and all along the side edge of the wooden rocking chair.
Since I used a lot of wood glue for good measure, I needed to clean up the excess. For tasks like this, I use a bottle of diluted dish detergent. It cleans up messy hands and more with no need to rinse.
Countersink Screws to Repair Seat
In order to insure the glue sets up with the broken part of the seat in place, I secured it with fine thread drywall screws. Countersinking the screws helped draw the pieces tight, and will make them invisible on the wooden rocking chair makeover.
How to Prepare Wooden Rocking Chair for Painting
After the seat was repaired and patched, it was time to paint the wooden rocking chair. But before that can happen, all the years of grime and dirt need to be removed. I prefer to use TSP or TSP substitute for this.
Now that the wooden rocking chair is clean, it's time to paint.
I've been using HTP All in One Paint a lot lately. It worked fabulously when I painted my kitchen countertops. Iron Gate is quickly becoming my favorite color, and I'm going to show you why! I used their paintbrush, and sponge applicator to get a smooth finish on this wooden rocking chair.
To begin, I start with the rocking chair up on sawhorses. While it's elevated, I paint the underside of the chair. Brushing on the paint, then using the sponge applicator to stipple the paint to remove any brush strokes.
oohh la la! Look how good the freshly painted wooden rocking chair is looking! At this point I've painted everything but the seat. I knew it may be the hardest area to achieve a nice smooth finish.
Wooden Rocking Chair Makeover Complete!
Can you believe it's the same chair? Let's take another look at the before . . .
This was a great save, eh?
Remember the busted seat?
I think the previous owner wouldn't even recognize it.
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.