Rocking chair

by Carmen
I bought this rocking chair 31 years ago when my son was born. It's time to do something with it. Looking for ideas.
Some kind of hard wood.
  17 answers
  • Martha Earles Martha Earles on May 03, 2015
    If you want to keep it as a rocker,I would first lightly sand it and repaint in a lighter shade and make cushions for it to match my decor. then sat it in that room or put in bed room yours or guest.
  • Lois Byrd Lois Byrd on May 03, 2015
    I would lightly sand it, paint it white, make black & white checkerboard around seat, and take each little turn of the wood and paint them different colours
  • Margo Margo on May 03, 2015
    I would remove the legs, sand it, paint it a lovely color of your choice and hang it on a wall for a plant holder or use it for cookbooks in your kitchen.
  • GarynSharon Daniels GarynSharon Daniels on May 03, 2015
    Don't take it apart. Sit in it and remember rocking babies. You can strip and sand and paint. Or just paint.
  • Carmen Carmen on May 03, 2015
    Thanks everyone. Painting it it is! I decided to paint it white and put it on my lanai with my white wicker furniture. It should fit right in!
  • Billie Billie on Jul 12, 2015
    What kind of rocking chair is that
  • Carmen Carmen on Jul 12, 2015
    I'm not sure Billie. But I bought it from Montgomery Wards 31 years ago and it's extremely well made. Some type of hard wood (Oak? Mahogany?) and very comfortable. The seat is slightly concave for comfort.
  • Billie Billie on Jul 12, 2015
    I just had one given to me and I was trying to figure out what kind it was. It doesn't have any names on it anywhere
  • Steve Barron Steve Barron on Oct 11, 2015
    I have the same identical chair All the way down to the silk screening on the headrest I took It apart with a rubber mallet, I stripped it. 6 layers later I started to sand it with 60 grit( light sanding my A**) and sanded it down to the bare wood taking off the walnut stain. I happen to be just about ready give a nice Brazilian Cherrywood stain. It really is very comfortable. As comfortable as wood furniture can be anyhow. I've been doing antique furniture restoration for quite a little while and I love that style of chair in a rocker. The chair is made from two different types of wood. The seat is just a regular white pine and the rest of the chair I believe is Elm I'm not exactly sure what the so-called scientific name of the chair is. Maybe an "Antique wooden rocking chair. But I'd call it a keeper. A very versatile piece of wood furniture because it seems to fit into just about any kind of household style setting.
  • Christie Ciszewski Christie Ciszewski on Mar 13, 2016
    I have that exact rocking chair. It was a gift for my Mom from her brother at her baby shower. I stained it dark about 15 years ago but now want to update it with paint. Makes me smile though to see yours how I remember mine as a little girl. :)
  • Anne Anne on Sep 06, 2016
    OMG, my name is Carmen and I have the same chair! It was my mother-in-law's chair. I was on here looking for ideas to repaint for a baby gift when I came across your post.
  • Anne Anne on Sep 06, 2016
    OMG, my name is Carmen and I have the same chair! It was my mother-in-law's chair. I was on here looking for ideas to repaint for a baby gift when I came across your post.
    • Carmen Carmen on Sep 06, 2016
      Lol! Someone suggested I just leave it alone since it had such memories. I thought about it and agreed to just leave it alone. Glad I did.
  • Mab105528517 Mab105528517 on May 13, 2024

    I believe the rocking chair is called a Woonsocket rocker, mine is 43 years old ,

    bought in Denver ,Colo. new

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 14, 2024

    I had the same rocking chair too, rocked my babies to sleep, it is about years old. Loved it and would never paint it. Although produced in masses, it has sentimental value.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on May 15, 2024

    Sell it as is - It looks good to me. Shame to paint over it! Better to buy something that now suits your lifestyle.

  • Dee Dee on May 16, 2024

    I clear coated mine after a good cleaning, I now use it on the patio.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on May 16, 2024

    I painted some similar with white rustoleum enamel paint and put on my porch.