Rocking Chair Repair and Refinish

LaDonna Adams
by LaDonna Adams
6 Minutes
I passed by the dumpster coming home from my Grand Daughter's one day and saw this little platform rocker. Being a sucker for the down trodden I eventually got it loaded into my little car. Upon unloading was met by a skeptical partner who said I should have left it in the trash. I disagreed and felt like the little rocker just needed some TLC.
After a quick inspection of the broken platform I realized someone tried to repair it with finishing nails. I replaced the nails with screws just slightly larger than the original holes that had been stripped.
I sanded to remove the varnish and weathered wood. Then I painted the rocker with with a white wash of flat white paint. After it dried thoroughly I sanded it again with a medium grit paper to distress. One I achieved the results I was looking for I painted it with a clear poly and made a cushion with some Victorian fabric I had on hand. The end results was a quaint little rocker that was just shabby chic enough to fit my needs....
The salvaged Rocker after
Just Shabby enough
One of my favorite places
Before with the broken foundation
Poor little rocker. Someone said I should have left it in the dumpster
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  • Janice Janice on Mar 08, 2014
    Don't you just love it when someone tells you something can't be fixed and you fix it yourself! Way to go, LaDonna.