I gotta tell you. I am loving my green wicker rockers that I revealed on my Sparkling Porch. I put off restoring them because I just couldn't decide what color to paint them. (that and the fact that I was lazy to clean them up.) When I borrowed the power washer to wash off the back porch I finally cleaned them up so I had to make a decision.
I purchased the hydrangea fabric for the crib day bed last year and I thought it would be a good idea to use it on the chairs as well. Once I made that decision it was easy to to decide on green.
I really wanted to use Rustoleum Gloss Protective Enamel because things on this porch take on a LOT of water and humidity. Rustoleum has a limited in-store selection of colors in this product. I did find ONE can of the color Fern at Lowes and I would have used this color if they had had enough. I checked at Home Depot and they had zero cans
So I went to my second choice Rustoleum Ultra Cover - great color selection but not quite as durable. I chose the color Eden in satin. They also have gloss and flat finishes, but the color selection is not quite as extensive as the satin. i absolutely love this color but now I have to find some sort of protective finish to put over them. I am researching a clear protective finish to put on the chairs now.
FYI I used 6 cans of primer on these two chairs and 6 (7?) cans of color on these two chairs.
This is the BEFORE of the smaller rocker. The paint was very old and the exposure t the weather had loosened the paint to the extent that all the flakes you see either fell off or came off just by brushing my hand over the wicker.
Power washing removed all of the blue paint and about 90% of the white paint or primer.
This chair is very old and actually has a full set of springs under the seat lining. I got this chair at an estate sale for $90 last summer. Frankly I never would have paid this, but a friend bought it for me to pay me for some work I was doing for her. It is very sturdy and well made - probably worth more than what was paid for it.
This is the before of the larger rocker - nice upholstery huh? I got it last summer at another estate sale. I think it was $12.00.
I wish I had a picture that more accurately depict the weirdness of this back insert. It contains a set of 6 springs that made the back stick out like the chair was pregnant.
The bottom seat comes completely out. Pretty cool - makes it really easy to recover. The metal braces settle into the frame of the chair making the cushion fit as if it was permanent.
I reused the cording to make the welting and recovered the seat pretty much as it was done previously.
Recovering the back insert was weird and a big guessing game on my part. Absolutely NO pics on this process, I don't want anyone to think I know what I was doing on this. I tied the springs to make them less "springy" so they wouldn't bulge out so much and then replaced the original padding with foam in hopes that it would dry more quickly after the rain gets to it.
I will be putting the black tacks all along the front and back edges. Right now everything is temporarily attached with staples. I also have to add some upholstery tacks to make sure everything gets attached to the actual frame and not just to the wicker. I originally only purchased 50 tacks. Looks like I will need at least 400!
The other chair was easy because the pads are just regular pads. I just slip covered them for now. I'm researching what foam I want to use to replace the 60 year old padding that is on them now. I need something more outdoor friendly.
When I got this chair the cushions were placed in it like this - with the little back pad sitting down in the lower section.
I started thinking that maybe the cushion was actually supposed to be up high - like a real back rest. It is slightly more comfortable like this.
However, I think it is much cuter the other way....
It's not like it is uncomfortable with the cushion down. Does anybody have an opinion about this? Up or down, what do you think?
Anybody want to come rock with me?
Get up off your rocker and make something wonderful today!
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