FFf Eclectic Red Barn: New Life for A Broken Rocking Chair

Thursday, May 9, 2013

New Life for A Broken Rocking Chair

I was featured!
When I found this rocking chair last year at my in-laws flea market, it was in such bad shape that they were just going to throw it out. Thinking someone might want it, they priced it at $2. Needless to say, or great for me, it didn't sell.

Eclectic Red Barn: Rescued Rocking Chair with Vintage Basket and Frames

We stopped by around noon, when everything was half price. At $1 I knew I wanted it, actually I wanted it at $2. They laughed as usual at what I am willing to take home. The seat was cracked completely in half, the veneer on the arms was almost gone and it needed to be glued in more places than I could count. Oh, the challenge!

It sat in the garage for almost a year and then I said, "I need to get this done". I removed the loose veneer from the arms, which really wasn't a problem.  I glued the seat together and clamped it. As I glued the seat, I realized that so many other parts needed to be glued as well - on the arms, legs, spindles, top of rocker, back part, side part, and just about every part in between. When I was done gluing, I had used 23 clamps to try and hold it together(out of clamps).

Unfortunately I can't find my picture with all the clamps. This picture was taken after it had been glued and sanded. Great detailing on the back of the rocker. It actually doesn't look bad at this time compared to the day I bought it.

Eclectic Red Barn: Rescued rocking chair after being glued

Now the fun part, painting. I used Ce Ce Caldwell Chalk paint in vintage white. Here it is after two coats of paint. (and all of my junk in the garage lol!)

Eclectic Red Barn: Rescued rocking chair painted vintage white
I applied aging wax and then distressed it. Love the detail on the top.

Eclectic Red Barn: Top Back of rescued rocking chair- destressed

I placed it in the corner of the bedroom and added a vintage basket with dried hydrangeas and a hand woven blanket I purchased in Massachusetts.

Eclectic Red Barn: Rescued rocking chair with basket and blanket

On the wall I hung two vintage  frames with silk flowers and ribbon. 

Eclectic Red Barn: Vintage picture frames with silk flowers

Somehow I didn't see pictures in them and was so glad I went with flowers instead.

Eclectic Red Barn: Rocking chair - before and after pictures
My rocking chair and all of its parts.

Eclectic Red Barn: Rocking chair -collage of items

I love how it turned out and it looks great in the bedroom. My in-laws could not get over the makeover.
Eclectic Red Barn: Rescued Rocking Chair with Vintage Basket and Frames

Hope you enjoyed my rocking chair make over!

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  1. I love the chair and its make-over - it came out so wonderful. It is grand when someone can save a piece of lovely furniture.

  2. so charming and transformed.

    visiting via MMS and would love to have you come visit us back http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com

    have a wonderful weekend, lovely blogger.


  3. That rocking chair is lovely! What a treasure, glad that you rescued it and gave it a good home!!

  4. Amazing makeover! I can't believe it's the same chair! and only $1?? That's a steal! Great job :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by to party with us at Weekend Wonders and for following The Thriftiness Miss! Following back via gfc and Pinterest :) Hope you have a lovely night!

  5. What a great makeover! It is so pretty and you got it for a steal!!

  6. Gorgeous rocking chair! It would look great in my house too haha :-).


  7. Wow, you made the rocking chair a great piece of furniture! Love the white!
    Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF!


  8. Looks beautiful, wonderful job!

  9. You did a great job with the rocker! I love it.
    new follower - from the blog hop~

  10. A wonderful transformation. Just think - this treasure would have ended up in a landfill somewhere. I am glad you saw the potential to make it beautiful. Love the way you styled the chair.

  11. You did a great job! Looks amazing! I am new from southern charm. I would love for you to check out my blog and follow me back. Nicole

  12. Wow! You did an amazing job on that beautiful old rocker! :)

    Thanks for joining us for Let's Get Social Sunday!

    Joy @ Yesterfood.blogspot.com

  13. This turned out fabulous! I love the imprinted design.

    Deborah @ greenwillowpond.com

  14. Beverly your chair looks great! I would love for you to link up at http://hickorytrailblog.blogspot.com/2013/05/assets-and-efforts-linky-party-2.html

    Thank you,

  15. Absolutely beautiful! What a great job!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

  16. Looks great - glad you saved the poor chair!

  17. What a great makeover! That is a lot of clamps and a lot of glue! Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  18. This is so pretty! I love the vintage look. It's really a beautiful rocker! I have a few of these up in the attic of my garage that I haven't had any plans for yet, but you have inspired me!

  19. What a great makeover! It turned out beautiful! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Fluster Buster

  20. So pretty. The white has given this chair a whole new life. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  21. Thank you for sharing you have been featured at One More Time...hope you will be able to join in again this week. http://www.onemoretimeevents.com/2013/05/one-more-time-features-and-party-may.html

  22. Beverly your chair turned out so pretty! I love those old rockers with the carving in the back. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

  23. Love this! I have done the same thing many times, including stuff on the side of the road, to my husband's horror! The rocker is really pretty.

  24. What a great makeover for that rocking chair! It looks great! Thank you so much for sharing at last week's All my Bloggy Friends :) I can't wait to see what you share this week!

  25. Looks so comforting, Beverly! Featuring you ~ you're a STAR over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. :)

    <3 Christina

  26. Awesome makeover! It turnout beautiful, I really like it. Top quality furniture company

  27. You did a great job with the rocker! I love it. online bed sale UK

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  29. Amazing transformation. The chair got a new life!


  30. Revival did an amazing job. Do check a mart office chairs my revival.
    Thank you


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