Rocking Chairs – My two favorites and how I updated them!

Jul 04 2021
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Many years back one of my very first blog posts I ever wrote I called “a story of two rocking chairs” – it was all about a big oak rocker and a little cedar rocker I found here on the farm. I immediately thought of them as the farmer and his little wife. That blog post is long gone but I do still have the picture of it! They were one of the very first pieces of furniture I ever refinished and they’re still with us but have been retired to deck duty holding flower pots. Besides those two my absolute favorite rockers have to be my first ever upholstery project and a large rocker that became absolutely stunning with just a coat of black paint!

(Teaming up in our DIY Blog Hop this month with seating projects, check out all of the projects following my post. If you’re interested in joining us click here for more info!)

When my grandmother on my father’s side passed they brought all of us grand kids into her home and told us to take whatever we wanted to remember her by. (I wouldn’t call my Grandma a hoarder but…) I chose a beautiful old rocking chair that was totally buried in her basement, a gorgeous old buffet that we’re still using as our media center and my absolute favorite white leather tufted hassock that sits at the end of our bed.

All of us Grand kids got amazing pieces for us to remember her by, I’ll always be so thankful to my aunts and uncles for letting us bring home some things.

Two rocking chairs sanded down and refinished diy

Many years back one of my very first blog posts I ever wrote I called "a story of two rocking chairs" - it was all about a big oak rocker

After fifteen months of diy remodeling and renovation we converted our screened in porch into my office. Come and see my office reveal on our home tour

Introducing my brand new guest bedroom and library reveal! Country girl, country chic, country style, farmhouse style, farmhouse girl, farmgirl charm with sweet and easy design, grandma's quilt in a 100 year old home, floating barnwood book shelves and a beautiful stained glass window. Home Tour

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

Our farmhouse living room reveal Grandma's, country chic, thrift stores and refinished hand me down furniture pieces make for a cozy and comfortable space!

A brand new rug, a brand new comforter, two new lamps and a RugPadUSA Giveaway! Giving my master a much needed face lift after a divorce and a rug giveaway from Rug Pad USA. Two thrift store lamps and a refresh in a Farmhouse master bedroom.

Bedroom Reveal - Completing my New Guest Bedroom Unisex Redesign! Adding a power grommet to the desk and redesigning the shelves and adding storage

As far as rocking chairs go I’ve seen both of these many times over the years on Pinterest, often transformed very similar to how I chose to update ours.

I tackled my Grandma’s rocker back in 2014. It was the first time I ever did anything like that to a piece of furniture and wow was it a pain in the butt!

They really didn’t mess around with attaching the fabric to that chair!

When I first moved into Grandma’s house she took up a corner of my old office and then, when I first remodeled our guest bedroom she was the perfect addition!

Since then though it was time to update our guest bedroom again. We wanted it to grow up and be far more unisex. In fact it was one of the first projects Lodi and I did together!

Grandma’s little rocker wasn’t right anymore for our new guest bedroom though – it needed something more masculine and far less fragile. Down, from our master bedroom, came a beautiful old rocker I picked up at an estate sale.

It was straight out of the 70s when I brought it home but, as they say, it had really great bones. I painted it out in gloss black rustoleum and it was the perfect addition to our new guest bedroom!

Obviously I have kind of an addiction to rocking chairs lol yes, all together, we have seven! To be fair I’ve only ever purchased one I just can’t say NO when someone wants to give us one!

Grandma’s little chair needed a home then and it made absolute sense for it to come upstairs to our master bedroom. At the time I had had that big old black rocker in our bedroom and my Grandma’s tufted hassock in a corner of my closet.

We moved the hassock to the end of our bed where it has become our dog’s bedtime throne. (She’s not spoiled at all.)

And I moved that pretty little rocker into my closet where I use it literally every day and every day I think of my Grandma because of it. I love how it turned out with that big bold fabric I chose – I’m still really proud of it!

Many years back one of my very first blog posts I ever wrote I called "a story of two rocking chairs" - it was all about a big oak rocker

Hi guys! Chas and I are teaming up the first Sunday of every month for our DIY blog hop. Feel free to join us by linking up or you can also share it!

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  1. D Gehman
    July 4, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Great interview!!! I’m so happy for you and your success – here’s to MANY more years of progress and inspiration for y’all.

  2. July 5, 2021 at 8:45 am

    I love how the fabric you used transformed the rocking chair. These turned out great. They look so much more high quality than anything you could find today. Thanks for hosting the hop.

    • July 6, 2021 at 9:58 am

      Thank you Andrea, great hopping with you!

  3. July 5, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I love that you have so many rocking chairs (makes me feel better that I have so many too and am not alone). Your updates look great, and I love the colors! Happy 4th of July and wonderful hopping with you!

    • July 6, 2021 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Chas, I Hope you had a great holiday!

  4. Nancy
    July 5, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Great re-do! Great interview on, lots f good tip. Congrats on getting married! I read “my husband and me”, when did you guys get hitched? Congrats!!!

    • July 6, 2021 at 9:59 am

      Hi Nancy actually not hitched yet lol it just feels really weird to say my “boyfriend” when we would totally already be hitched except for Covid messing up all of our plans! Thanks for checking it out!!

  5. July 8, 2021 at 8:54 am

    I love them all (and the stories that go along with them). We have not yet been given any of our families heirloom rocking chairs, but their current owners know better than to throw them out. We just love having furniture in our house with history to it. It’s even better when you can update it to keep it current with the times as you have with these. Thanks for sharing 🤗

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