Just about everyone has a rocking chair in their home and this can often be one of those pieces of furniture that everyone uses but no one really notices. The older they get, the more charming they seem to become. Even fading paint is okay on a rocking chair. One area, though, that gets neglected is the rocking chair cushions. Think back … you’ve probably had those same frayed rocking chair cushions for many years. They may be worn, stained, or even have split seams.
Give your Rocking Chair a Makeover
This is actually a fun weekend project that you can do alone or ask the kids to help. First, get down to the hardware store and pick up some sand paper, some paint and a plastic tarp for the floor. Usually the quart size paint can is more than enough so your total expenses for this portion of the makeover will be under $20. Find a well-ventilated area and lay out the drop cloth or tarp. Next, place your rocking chair and outdoor cushions there and begin sanding. If you’re going to paint versus staining the chair, then a very light sanding should be enough. Paint tends to cover up the mistakes and rough spots. If you plan to stain the chair, then it will be necessary to do a better job of sanding.
How to Sand for Staining
Start with a rough sandpaper in the 40 to 50 grit range. Give the whole chair a good sanding with this. Now using a dry cloth, wipe the chair down. Next, use a fine grit, around 120 to 140 and sand the entire chair again. Once again, wipe it down well. Sometimes, it’s necessary to wipe the item down with paint thinner. Just apply a little paint thinner to a soft cloth, then wipe the whole chair down well. This removes all the dust and bits of debris.
Painting or Staining?
Now it’s time to paint or stain the chair. Choose a lovely color that contrasts well with your other room furnishings. Wood color paint stains are now available in shades of white, gray, blue, brown, green and red. In regular paint colors, you’ll find every color imaginable. Try to visualize what the finished product will look like and choose a color you can live with for a few years. Acrylic paint is a good choice because it washes up with soap and water. You can also buy this in matte, semi-gloss or high gloss depending on the finish you want.
Give the rocking chair a light first coat and allow to dry overnight. The next day apply a second coat. This should be enough in most cases. If you’ve used stain, then you may want to finish up with a protestant sealer. This will protect your finish for years to come.
Give it a few days to dry well and you’re ready to add fancy new rocking chair cushions. Some cushions are made so that the seat and back are sewn together and some are separate. This is simply a matter of personal taste. Get something that really pops and everyone will be raving about your rocking chair makeover.