If you read the post about my 2015 Reader Survey, you know that I also gave a little peek at the rocking chair makeover I was working on. Don’t remember? (Well maybe you should go have and have a look at that… And take the survey while you’re at it… *cough*)

To re-cap, this wicker rocking chair belonged to my grandmother, and is 60+ years old. It has seen some wear and tear over the years (including at least five paint jobs that I could see), but it is still in pretty good shape.

When last we left off, the chair looked like this:

Rocking chair

It was pretty grimy from years of hanging out in my parents’ garage. (Literally hanging out: there are at least five chairs hanging on the back wall.)

Rocking chair

So I scrubbed…

Rocking chair

And I sprayed…

An antique rocking chair getting a spray paint makeover in bright white!

And I rocked this makeover!

A rockin' makeover of an antique rocking chair in bright white and poppy coral!

She looks SO much better than before! I’m so glad that with just a few cans of spray paint and some elbow grease, this beauty can grace our home again.

If you are going to do a similar makeover, you will need:

  • An old toothbrush or nailbrush – this helps to get the grime out from in between the wicker!
  • Soap & water for washing
  • 200 grit sandpaper
  • 2-3 cans of semi-gloss or high-gloss Rust-oleum spray paint (or similar brand)
  • A safety mask – never a bad idea when sanding or working with spray paint! And besides, they look pretty fetching!

Safety always comes first!

Safety first! Artistic sun flare second!

A rockin' makeover of an antique rocking chair in bright white and poppy coral!

The directions are simple:

  1. Clean up the chair and make sure to get off all residue and dirt.
  2. Give surfaces a light sanding, particularly where the wicker is splintering or the original paint job is uneven.
  3. Wash down the chair with water and soap, then rinse really well. Any leftover dust will affect the quality of your paint job!
  4. In a well-ventilated area (I did mine outside in our driveway), spray paint the chair. Begin with a light but even coat, keeping the can moving across the chair as you spray.
  5. When your first coat is dry (in about 20 minutes), apply a second, even layer.
  6. If needed, apply a third coat of paint.
  7. Let the paint completely cure (for at least a day or two) before putting on a cushion!

A rockin' makeover of an antique rocking chair in bright white and poppy coral!

So are you into refurbishing furniture? Maybe you have a favourite piece in your home that you showed a little TLC? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Have a great weekend!

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