Old Rocking Chair Gets a Remodel

7 Materials
5 Hours

I found this rocking chair at a Habitat Restore for $10. It was in decent shape and I wanted to use it in a baby nursery. However, it wasn't the right look for the nursery project I was trying to complete. So I decided to give it a new look!

Here is the original chair.

The first thing I did was sand the wood to prep it for painting.

I ended up giving this chair three coats of paint.

My favorite place to get paint is the mis-tinted paint section at almost any hardware store. You can find some great colors for cheap! I found this very pale pink for $2.

After the wood was painted, I covered everything except the cane and then used a white spray paint to lighten it up. In the end, sprayed the entire chair with a satin finish clear coat.

I wanted to give the chair a cushier seat so I found a leftover piece of mdf board and cut it to fit the seat of the rocking chair. Then I got some 2 inch foam and cut it to match the seat size.

I stapled furniture batting over the cushion. And then did the same stapling process with the fabric I chose for the seat.

To attach the seat, I screwed through the holes in the cane material. I used a washer between the caning and the screw.

And here is the final look!

A perfect addition to my daughter's bedroom.

Before and After

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  • Valerie Burge Valerie Burge on Jan 29, 2021

    Very nice makeover! I have the same bentwood rocker!! I had been thinking about adding a cushioned seat with a fun fabric to mine as well, but I wasn't sure how to attach it. The wood frame on the seat is very narrow and deep. How did you attach your new seat cushion?


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  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jan 30, 2021

    I have to say it again! Fabulous!

  • Leslie Leslie on Aug 08, 2021

    I hope that before anyone paints a possible Thonet bentwood rocker or any of his other pieces you research before you paint.