New Life for a Vintage Glider and Chairs!

3 Materials
6 Hours
Last summer we found a vintage glider and 2 chairs for sale on a local social media site for $150. Being a lover of all things vintage, I jumped at the chance to breathe new life in these pieces. They were in good shape with very little rust (the brown is paint over the original green paint).
The transformation is more than we could've hoped for.
The glider is a basket-weave pattern; we took the glider apart and tried to sand it ourselves but it turned out to be a bigger job than we had planned on. We decided to take it to a local shop to be professionally blasted and powder-coated. I believe they charged us about $170 but they did not take out the dent in front (but we did not ask them to so we can't fuss too much).
It took us nearly a year to tackle the chairs as we decided to do them ourselves.
A view of the back of one of the chairs.
We took them apart and sandblasted the pieces individually.
Then we added a couple of coats of primer. (before and after primer)
The end result of the professional job.
Our job: painted and put back together. We purchased primer, paint, and new replacement nuts, bolts, and washers.

I have to give it to my husband! He did an outstanding job. I think I will keep him around.
Suggested materials:
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Hardware
Bonnie Shirley Coates
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  • Lee Lee on May 14, 2016
    What kind of a place did you take it to that sand blasted it and powder coated it? I've tried contacting a couple of auto paint shops, but they wouldn't do it.
  • Gail gourley Gail gourley on May 14, 2016
    How did you do your own sand blasting please?
  • Tamara Pickett Tamara Pickett on Jun 17, 2020

    What is the name of the design on the chairs?

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  • Thea Thea on Apr 26, 2020

    I am with the Australian on this one. I now understand a glider is a bench that moves. But this particular one has an incredibly beautiful design that I’ve never seen before. You did a great job on restoring it.

  • Merelyn sale Merelyn sale on Oct 30, 2022

    Lovely I need to do that to my two old chairs They need new life.