Rockin’ Rocking Chair Upcycle

Hi friends!  
Last week I guest posted over at Decorating Insanity, where I shared a tutorial on how I up-cycled an old rocking chair.  

~If you missed it, here it is!~

Recently my friend asked me to breathe a little ‘life’ into her dilapidated rocking chair.  She’d kept it in her back yard for a few years, where it got rained on and just beat down by the elements.  

Even one of its legs had come undone; this one needed some major surgery to bring it back to the land of the living.  

Oh yeah, I was so up or this challenge, BRING IT ON!

Here’s a quick recap on how this ugly duckling became a beautiful swan!

1.  This chair had a lot of weather damage, so I had to sand it down with an orbital sander, and then go over the smaller nooks and crannies by hand. 

2.  Once it was sanded down as much as possible, I used Zinsser Cover Stain as a primer.

3. Once the primer was dry, I rolled on the paint, and used a brush in the hard to reach corners.  I chose a pale blue, ‘Prelude’ by Behr, to give it a fresh look!

4.  As a last step I sprayed a few coats of exterior semi-gloss polyurethane over the entire piece.  

Back to life!

This took the better part of a day to completely overhaul, but my bestie was so happy with her newly rockin’ rocking chair!  It made all the work totally worth it!

There you have it folks–hope you liked it!  See you again soon!

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Barbara is a lover of all things creative, simple, and budget friendly. Chase the Star began in 2012 as a creative outlet and to chronicle her DIY and crafty adventures. She is a working mom and wife residing in sunny Southern California.

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  1. Awesome upcycle my friend! Love the color and the pillow! Come show it off at the Pomp Party! Have a great weekend!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  2. This is awesome!!!

    I nominated you for a Sunshine Blog Award!! I hope it blesses you :)

    Check it out at:

    Your blog always inspires me :)


  3. That turned out SO pretty…way better than before! Stopping by from the Networking Blog Hop…I would love if you would come say hello :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  4. GREAT SAVE, Jenny.


  5. Stopping by from the hop! Following you! So amazing what a little paint can do! Awesome job! :)

  6. This is a great project. Love it. I would love for you to do a tutorial in July for the CSI project. You can see the challenges on the blog and email me to sign up. I would love to have you on the blog.

  7. That rocking chair makeover is seriously rockin’ … but I’m also distracted by that awesome burlap pillow sitting on it!



  8. You truly gave this rocking chair a new life! It looks beautiful! Thank you for sharing this tutorial with us at our Summer BBQ Bash!

  9. Your redo looks great – awesome chair as well! Nice job – your friends know just who to go to, don’t they?? Thanks for sharing Barbara!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  10. What a great chair. Love the color. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  11. Nice job! Thank you for linking up with us at our All Star Block Party. I’m featuring your before/after photo on my facebook page today.

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  12. I love this…. such a great makeover….

    Thank you for linking up to the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY!!!


  13. awesome redo — it looks great. I have two rocking chairs that need some work,, they both need the slat/seats and I havent for the life of me been able to figure out how to do it yet.

    • Debilou, thanks for the comment! I haven’t seen your rockers but, if they’re missing slats or a seat, have you considered adding a slab of plywood and then adding foam that you can wrap in pretty fabric? I’d love to see what you do with them–Keep me posted on your project!!

  14. Barbara, what a transformation! The Behr Prelude color was the perfect choice. Beautiful job!

  15. Oh my gosh Barbara– I generally love chippy… but your “new” chair looks super! great job girl!

  16. This came out amazing! I love the color and the tutorial. Thanks for sharing! Pinned :)


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