My parent’s have stored lots of different things in their barn over the years & the last time I was in the loft, I found an old, beat-up children’s rocking chair that I thought I could refinish & give to my daughter. I finished it today.
First, I used a wire brush to remove as much peeling paint as I could. I then painted it with a gloss, white spray paint & left it to dry over night.
children’s wicker rocking chair ready for paint
I had some left over grey fabric to make the seat cushion. Instead of sewing a removable cushion, I decided to use a staple gun & hot glue to upholster the seat. (I’m hoping this will prevent Isabelle from destroying it!)
cut fabric & foam to match the seat shape
So, I cut the fabric & a thin piece of foam to the shape & size of the seat. Then I stapled the fabric to the wooden seat, keeping the edges folded under & the front edge open.
stapled the fabric to the wooden seat to create a pocket
Then I stuffed the cut foam into the fabric pocket.
foam cushion inside the fabric pocket
Pulling the fabric taught, I stapled the front edge & trimmed the excess fabric.
close up of the front edge after stapling the fabric over the foam
To hide the staples along the front edge, I made some welting by sewing strips of the grey fabric around rope. I then hot glued it over the staples.
hot glued the welting over the stapled edge
To further hide the front edge, I added some simple white rope under the welting with more hot glue.
hot glued white rope under the welting to further hide the staples
Finally, I finished the seat by adding the white rope as trim around the entire edge of the cushion. This cleaned up the stapled edge of the seat.
hot glued more white rope around entire edge of the seat
I have two adult-sized wicker chairs on my front porch that this little rocker matches. The fabric pattern ended up being a little crooked & the front edge isn’t perfect either, but all in all I think it turned out really cute (especially since I only spent $6 on the entire project!)
completed children’s wicker rocking chair