Tuesday, May 23, 2017


So wow, three years since I have written on my blog. I think it's time to resurrect it. And keeping with the theme of old things being new again, I'll start off with an old rocking chair I gave new life to :)

This chair was originally a curbside find by my MIL, who saw it out for trash many years ago and dragged it home because it still looked like a decent piece then. I sort of inherited it when we moved into our current domicile, where it's lived outdoors on the patio, getting more weathered with each passing season. I personally find it a bit uncomfortable to sit in - those slats are hard on the back - but its my Other-Half's favorite chair so past its prime or not, getting rid of it was not an option.

Last summer I happened to stop in a Pier1 that unknown to me was going out of business so had some really great mark-downs going on, including outdoor cushions marked down from $40 to $9.99. When I saw this one I knew what I had to do:

I had to buy that cushion and paint up the old rocking chair to match!

So off to the hardware store I went to pick out matching spray paint colors. For the blue and orange I bought Rust-Oleum's "Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint + Primer" which I had used before with great results. No drips, no runs, excellent coverage. For the green, Rust-Oleum didn't have anything close enough to what I needed so I got that in Krylon's "Dual Paint + Primer". Then I set to it, doing the blue first. When that dried I wrapped all the parts of the chair I didn't want to get more paint on in Saran-Wrap, secured the wrap with painters tape, and sprayed on the orange. Looking pretty good so far!

Then I did the green (after covering all the blue and orange parts with Saran-Wrap) and oh bummer. Krylon's spray was disappointing. Must be a thinner product than Rust-Oleums's because it ran and dripped, and the nozzle produced a wider "arc" of spray than desirable so things got messy fast. But after numerous touch-ups and a second round of wrapping & spraying to get a second coat of each color on, I'm pretty pleased with the results. (Though I will stick with Rust-Oleum from now on.)

(Don't look TOO close or you'll see the errant spot of orange I still need to touch-up.)

It looks great sitting on the patio now and people always ask how I found a cushion that matches it so perfectly. ;)


Michele Petri said...

The chair looks really nice, Coleen. How are you going to keep it looking good if it stays outside on the patio?

ColsCreations said...

I'll just have to make sure to bring it in in the winter from now on.

Michael said...

Great idea..... matching the old chair to the new cushion !