If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen these two rocking chairs before. My husband, my little ones and I went to Junkapalooza this year. While there we scored these 2 chairs. Aren’t they awesome?! They’re both completely different from each other, but equally fantastic. In this post I’ll be sharing How to Refinish a Rocking Chair with Stain and Stencils.
I started out sanding the seat with an orbital sander and realized the sander wasn’t even necessary, the finish was just flaking off easily. I went to work hand sanding this rocking chair. I discovered the small back spindles had been refinished recently. The stain was a different color, but also the polyurethane coating was new, making it not as easy to remove the finish. After I finished sanding nearly the entire thing, my husband graciously offered to sand the back spindles for me, too sweet.
I also put wood filler around the bottom of the spindles because there were unsightly gaps at their base, I’m guessing due to wear and age. After the wood filler was sanded, and all the dust was cleaned off, the chair was ready for stain. If you notice from the picture above I already started the staining process before I remembered to take these in process pictures.
I stained the entire chair then, I applied 4-5 coats of polyurethane, sanding between coats of polyurethane. I flipped the chair over after the top portion dried, so I could polyurethane the runners.
I wanted to try something different with the stencils this time, so I stenciled my hand drawn flowers on after I applied 3 coats of polyurethane, then I sealed the flowers with one more coat of polyurethane.
Here it is finished.
You might be able to tell from the picture above that the runners aren’t in perfect shape. I sanded the sharp edges off where age and wear had gotten to them.
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