Rock Out With This Rocking Chair Comeback. The only thing I had to do is rebuild the edge of the seat. I think I may have mentioned my friend, Gloria was cleaning out her garage and said to come get the rocking chair along with a few other things. It is a beautiful piece of furniture that had seen better days. Many of us can identify with that.
The veneer on the seat of the rocker had lifted off in large areas. I have read many articles on to fix veneer and when I was in the middle of it I wished I had tried the Bondo method. Instead I cut the damaged veneer out.
Using wood glue, I glued down the pieces and put nails in strategic spots so the veneer wouldn’t lift up again. I am not sure that is the correct way but it made sense to me at the time.
Then I started in with the wood filler. I filled and I filled and I filled again. Each time I thought I nailed it, I looked and saw I needed to layer on some more wood filler. I would do a layer and leave it for days.
I wanted to make sure it was thoroughly dried. Then I would sand it and layer on more filler.
After doing many layers, I lost count, it was time to paint. By that time I had no idea what I should do with it.
I decided to play it safe and used my favorite DIY chalk paint recipe and got out the Sherwin-Williams Creamy paint. I started by painting the bottom. Once dry, flipped it over and did the topside.
Then I looked at the edge and I still wasn’t happy with it. Oh yeah, sanded the edge and used more wood filler.
Once it was dry, it got another sanding and paint. Repeated the process quite a few times. The rocking chair was starting to make me feel like I was off my rocker.
Finally it was time to finish it off. Not like finish it off in destroying it, although by this time I was really wondering if it was all worth it. The rocker was done and ready to be painted. It got the final coat of white.
It just wasn’t doing it for me. Although I love white furniture, it needed something to bring out the beauty of the rocking chair. I had bought a color called Charcoal Blue. It is a dark gray, charcoal navy blue color.
I mixed up my chalk paint recipe and started painting away. On the back section there is a carving that needed to be showcased. When I painted that part I brushed over the carving and the white peaked through. Two coats, a light sanding with 220 grit sandpaper and it was time to wax. I used the clear wax and buffed it to a nice glow. Then I went back over it with the dark wax and rubbed it out.
The final buffing was done with the wax buffing brush that attaches to the drill. I was done and ready to rock out with this rocker. What a comeback it made.
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