Want to see the fun transformation of my red rocker?
This rocking chair is something I snagged off of craigslist for $15.00. I couldn’t wait to get it home and turn it into something I LOVED! I’ve wanted a bentwood rocking chair since elementary school, our librarian had one and I always thought all the curves in it were so cool! I’ve hesitated to get one because even though the curves are cool, the colors aren’t.
What I Used:
- one yard of fabric (I used Heather Bailey Pop Daisy in Red)
- 5/8 yard of coordinating fabric for backing and bottom of chair
- chair padding (most fabric stores sell this)
- sand paper
- spray paint (I used krylon gloss, cherry red)
- staple gun (surprisingly cheap)
- tacky glue
- liquid nails glue (I used the “for small projects” kind)
What I Did:
- First, I had to pry off the seat cushions, they were just glued onto a small rim (really well) so I used a flat head screwdriver and shoved it between the seat and the chair until it came free. Then, I tore off all that horrendous fabric!
- The chair didn’t have a ton of cushion left, so I added to it. I traced the wood base of the seats onto the foam and cut it out. Tip: While you have the wood base free, trace the shape onto your backing fabric and cut it out (I saved this for last and was sorry!)
- I laid the fabric face down, and put the new cushiony seat on top. I stapled the top, pulled really tight, then stapled the bottom. Then I put a staple on the left and right, making sure it was pulled tight on all sides. I stapled my way around the seat, pulling tight all along the way. When I got to the corners, I would grab a fist of fabric and pull it all while I stapled, to reduce puckering. For me, I needed another pair of hands for the stapling, I think it’s doable by yourself, but much easier with some help! Once I had the fabric stapled on, I cut off the excess fabric.
- Now I was ready to do the backing. I squirt some Tacky Glue on the wood and smoothed it out with a foam paint brush (I ended up using a lot more than shown in the picture) then I put the backing fabric on top and smoothed it out.
- I put a border of glue all around the edges and smoothed that down too.
- And the cushions are done!
- Once I was done with the cushions, I sanded the base of the chair. I used a power sander on some spots, but hand-sanded the intricate spots.
- And then I painted it and let it dry overnight. I found I needed quite a few coats of paint to get a really glossy, smooth finish.
- I glued on the seats using liquid nails. I just put a strip all along the rim of the seats and carefully put the cushions on. I did them one at a time, giving 30 minutes between to dry. FYI: This glue does not dry clear, so be careful where you get it. If you do accidentally get it on something, it wipes off easily with water before it dries.