Thursday, June 20, 2013

From Trash to Treasure: Front Porch Rocking Chairs

Last year at about this time, I spotted some old, chippy, rocking chairs sitting outside of my neighbors' house. They were sitting on the curb waiting for the trash truck to come pick them up. That is, until I snatched them up and put them in our garage. :) And, to be totally honest, they sat in there almost an entire year.

As you can see, they've had several different coats of paint and were in pretty bad shape. And we just weren't prepared to tackle them quite yet.

Well, finally, this month we decided to get these babies into shape--and back to their (near) original state.

It was obvious that the top layer of paint did not adhere--especially with the weather and you could see there was more paint underneath. So, we originally bought a paint stripper thinking that was the route we needed to go. 

However, as you can see the paint was already so chippy that we decided to go straight for the sander.

Hubs is so much more detail oriented with these types of projects so he took over at this point. He decided to take the chairs apart and sand each piece with the electric sander. As you can see, it pretty much removed almost all of the paint.

So, the next step was to wash it all down with a little TSP--to get rid of any dust and particles that would keep the paint from adhering.

I went to Lowes and got some white-ish exterior paint that had a bit of primer built in. The lady that helped me said that since it was an exterior paint and that they would be sitting under a covered porch, that we really shouldn't need to seal it further. The paint seals the wood itself.

We also invested in a paint sprayer to make projects like these go a bit more smoothly. The sprayer we bought is gravity fed, can be used with both interior and exterior paints, and attaches to our air compressor. I have no question that it will get lots of use. :)

Here is hubs applying the first coat.

And here is the chair put back together after two coats.

So much better, right? Now all she needs is a cushion and she's ready for the front porch! --Coming soon! 

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  1. They turned out great!! What a huge transformation, it's amazing how much better they look!! Well done!

    1. Thanks so much Allison! I just love rocking chairs on a front porch! Ready to try them out!



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