Brush up the rocking chair again

Almost every rocking chair is made of wood or bamboo. When painting, the runners and the sometimes unusually curved frame and backrest shapes are a specialty compared to normal chairs. Diligent manual work when pre-grinding pays off when painting. A rocking chair belongs to the group of collector's items.

General painting tips

Most rocking chairs are made of wood or bamboo cane. The advantage is the almost exclusive occurrence of solid wood. Bamboo can also be painted, but due to its hardness it requires strenuous preparation. If there are firm seat or backrest cushions on the rocking chair, a new cover is always recommended when restoring.

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When building a rocking chair yourself, the final design is applied after assembly. When painting or painting, stencils or spray cans are often of great help.

Treat or disguise runners

The rocking runners should remain colorless to avoid color abrasion. Oiled or waxed runners are ideal, depending on the location and the nature of the ground. For hard floors, rubber profiles can be glued on, which dampen noise and protect the swing surface.

How to paint your rocking chair

  • Wood-like paint or varnish or
  • Wood oil or
  • Wood wax or
  • stain
  • Sandpaper (80 and 400 grit)
  • Sanding block
  • brush
  • Small painting role or
  • Paint spray can
  • Masking tape made of crepe

1. planning

If you are applying more than one color to your rocking chair, plan the painting order. With special masking tape you can also mask freshly painted and dried surfaces. The natural corners and edges of the chair serve as color borders. The backrest and seat are typical points of deposition.

2. Basic cut

Remove any existing covers or upholstery. Sand all surfaces to be painted by hand with sandpaper (80 grit). You do not necessarily have to completely remove the old coating, unless you intend to expose the wood texture. Stain makes it easier to remove paint residues.

3. Fine tuning

Sand all pre-sanded surfaces with 400 grit.

4th. Masking

For the first coat of paint, mask off the colored edges and transitions according to the plan.

5. Strokes

Apply your coating material with a brush, a small plastic roller or a spray can. Let each coat dry, sand it down briefly with 400 grit and apply the next coat.

Tips & Tricks For loose upholstery, it is recommended that you integrate the knot-capable straps when sewing the chair cushions.