Today’s Rocking Chair Makeover is my project for the March edition of the Fab Furniture Flippin’ Contest: Mix and Match with Fairfield World.
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Like many of my furniture makeover projects, this one started with an eye roll and a head shake. From my husband ; )
Yep, that’s what I got from Dan when I showed him my $5 rocking chair: An eye roll and a head shake. I’m used to it ; )
He clearly doesn’t have my vision ; )
To be honest, I was a little skeptical myself. I mean look at that poor chair! But for $5 what did I have to lose???
the first thing I did was give this old chair a good cleaning and then removed the arms rest pads.
I have to stop and say right here that this is NOT a reupholstery project. Maybe some day I will attempt such a project, but not today. The most REUPHOLSTERING that I did with this chair was what you see in the photos above. I removed the old fabric, and whatever that stuff was underneath of it. I replaced whatever that nasty stuff was, with new batting (about 6 layers) and new fabric. For the rest of the upholstery: I just covered it the existing upholstery with batting and fabric.
Okay, back to the chair. Once it was clean, I painted it. It took about three coats of paint. The paint I used is called Pink Pearl Metallic Paint and it’s made by Modern Masters. It coordinates so well with the fabric that I got at Hobby Lobby.
I attached the batting with my RYOBI Narrow Crown Stapler using 1/2″ staples. It worked great for this application. I’m not sure it’s the “right” way to attach batting but it worked for me!
I attached the fabric the same way: using my stapler.
I was able to cover up all of those staples by hot gluing trim (also from Hobby Lobby) around the edges.
I have a new respect for anyone out there that does “real” reupholstering. My hats off to them!
I’m not sure that this $5 chair would be worth the work and time of a complete reupholstering job, but I think that by using some quality batting, pretty paint, and pretty fabric, I was able to transform this chair into quite a lovely and striking piece of furniture. I’d love to hear what you think of it. Tell me in the comments below.
One last look at the before and after:
Love this rocking chair, it is so romantic with the new fabric!! I would love to hear what you husband said after your work, I imagine he didn’t roll his eyes this time! And I agree with you, upholstery is not an easy task.
I would love to invite you to share it with us at the party I co-host every Tuesday on my blog. Enjoy the week!
What an incredible makeover! I’d say that was $5 well spent.
Andi C says
Wow! I have almost the identical rocker I picked up for half price ($15), at the local Re-Store, but it’s in much shabbier condition. There were antique dealers offering me more money to take it off my hands, so I knew I had a diamond in the rough! I have no idea what to do with it – it weighs a ton and the springs in the seat are twisted, but seeing your reupholstered masterpiece, I think I can do something cool with mine too! Your upholstering skills match mine – as long as I have my good electric stapler, anything is possible!
You took a $5.00 chair and turned it into a million bucks. What a difference. The fabric and paint color is so pretty and feminine
The change in this chair is remarkable. I love the pink. Great job!! Thanks for linking to Friday’s Furniture Fix. It is such a joy to have you share with us.
It’s really awesome makeover your rocking chair. Really, love your post. You create a new look this rocking chair. Great work! It is so romantic with the new fabric. My sister has a nursing rocking chair. I also create a new look my sister nursing rocking chair.
Rebecca Lindsey-Holaday says
You did a great job recovering this chair! But it breaks my heart a little that you painted over the antique Mahogany woodwork, which makes it a stand out piece. That makes me join your husband with a sad head shake of my own.
Rebecca Lindsey-Holaday says
Oops, meant to leave a comment to Jeanie!
Rashel Ahmed says
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Michael P. Bedgood says
I’ve no words to explain. Just awesome work done by you. Thank very much for sharing your knowledge with us.
Maria J. Rogers says
I am really glad to have an article like this. These chairs are very expensive to buy but you made this very easy for everyone with these step by step tutorial.
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