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One Hundred Year Old Rocker Restored

Rocking chair from 1898 has been in storage for 20+ years. I decided it needed to be reconditioned and restored!
one hundred year old rocker restored, painted furniture
Before-it's screaming, 'help me!'
one hundred year old rocker restored, painted furniture
I sanded, conditioned and then finished it with Minwax Early America Stain.
one hundred year old rocker restored, painted furniture
So happy with the end result!

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2 questions
  • Jo Butler
    on Dec 26, 2018

    Where can I get the caning and supplies to re-cane the seat of this type of chair?

    • Susan Priest
      on Mar 23, 2019

      I looked into this a few years ago & found the caning at Lee Valley Tools. By the time I purchased the caning ( there are different patterns, just in case you’re trying to match something), the spline, the stretcher bar, it would have been well over $60.00. - so the project went to the back burner - maybe I’ll just put a fabric seat on it!

    • Kathy Hedges Smith
      on May 26, 2019

      I have the exact rocker from my grandmother. I had someone take it apart and refinish the wood frame, then I bought the supplies and an instruction manual and re-caned it. This is where I purchased my supplies. https://search.vandykes.com/search?view=grid&w=cane

      That was several years back. I see you can purchase lots through amazon, which sounds like the way to go. Good luck!

  • Lannie
    on May 26, 2019

    What did you use to recondition the cane? We have a very similar rocker with the caning intact, but I'm sure it could use something to keep it supple. (I won't let anyone sit on it because I'm afraid the caning will split.)

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