Painted Wicker Rocker

Posted by on May 13, 2012 in boxwoods, front porch, painted furniture, pillows | 13 comments

I am continuing to work on my front porch.

I still have the rocking chair that went in our first nursery for Daisy.  We bought it at the Pottery Barn Outlet.  It was a beautiful pale shade of blue with a whitewash finish over that.  I covered the cushions with an old quilt.  It was a beautiful chair in a beautiful nursery.

With the birth of our next child, Anna Belle, we decided that we wanted a more comfortable rocker. (I actually did not let David sit in a glider when we first started looking for rocking chairs for Daisy.  I could not stand the way they looked, and I wanted pretty.  I knew that he would be the practical one and want the comfort.  With the second child, I was all about comfort and less about look!  Reality had set in!!!)  So, we got a glider.  Not near as pretty, but much more comfortable!

Not being one to get rid of furniture, I painted it black and put it in our family room.

Now, it is time for it to make its way to the front porch.  Oh, how I wish that it was still the lovely pale blue!

Since it was not, I got out my paint and this is what I came up with.

Here is where I started.

When I had originally painted it, I used spray paint.  Spray paint is an enamel paint.  I was not thinking about that little fact when  I painted the whole chair with a latex paint.  (If you paint latex over enamel, the paint literally wipes right off.)

So, I ended up with this.

Oops!  I wiped off all of the latex paint and went to the spray paint.  I actually had to buy this paint.  I am finally out of all of my white spray paints.  I bought a primer and paint.

I sprayed the chair down. I did not worry about completely covering the parts that would be covered with the cushions.

Then, I used an enamel paint that I already had and dry brushed some of it on.  You cannot tell from the pictures, but it gave it an “aged” look.  I used a super cheap brush so that I could throw it away when I was done.  I did not want to have to bring out the mineral spirits to clean my good brush!

With the rocker painted, it was time to recover the cushions.

I found a great outdoor fabric on the clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics.

I wanted to be able to easily wash these cushions, so I made a slipcover for the cushions.  I started by wrapping the fabric around the cushion and cutting it about 1 inch wider down the sides.  I had one long strip of fabric.

I ironed and hemmed the edges.

I wrapped the piece of fabric around the cushion and pinned it.

I slide the cushion out and finished pinning the right sides together straight across.

I trimmed the excess fabric and sewed the right sides together.

I pressed the seam open.

I cut 12 pieces of ribbon and burned the sides to keep them from fraying.

I evenly spaced the ribbon and pinned it to the inside of the fabric.  I made sure that the ribbons matched up on each side.   Then I sewed them down.

I slipped the cushion into the middle and tied the ribbons closed.

I did the same thing with the bottom cushion.

Here is the rocking chair in its new home on our front porch.

I already had a couple of pillows on the swing (opposite the chair – I will show pictures)  I can’t decide which pillow I like better in the chair, so I took some of both!

Ignore the climbing rose bush in the background!  I did not get the bug spray on it soon enough this year, and it has been eaten up!!!

My dad made the swing for me a few years back and the lattice.  He is SO handy!   I need to get some more pillows on it and maybe a throw on the back!

This is going to be a great spot for my morning coffee!  And, don’t those boxwoods look great?  I have just about bought Kroger out of them this year!  No more ferns for me. . . only boxwoods!

I found some amazing yard sale finds this weekend.  I hope to share them with you this week!

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  1. WOW!! You did an awesome job on that rocker!!

    • Thanks! It has been around forever!!! I am so glad that I hung on to it. (Who am I kidding. . . I hang on to everything!)

  2. Oh… tweeted it! 🙂

    • You tweet?! I have got to learn how! Thanks!

  3. I love reading on it, since it sooo comfy!!!!!

    • I am so happy to provide a comfy place for you to read! So cozy!

  4. Love how your porch is coming along! I’m getting ready to paint some wicker so thanks for the heads-up about the latex on enamel…


    • Yes, learn from my mistakes!!!

  5. Cute!

    Where did you get your swing? We would live to have one on our front porch but it would need to be small like yours…

    • My dad made it for me!

      • That’s awesome! Did he use plans from anywhere? I’ve been wanting my husband to make one for me too. 🙂

        • No plans. . . he just measured my space and built it!

  6. Did you hear my exclaimation? So, So pretty!!!!! Yes, I imagine you do love that spot for coffee and solitude. The fabrics are great-exp the cushions /constrasting pink ties.Good job!

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