Title Tag How to Refinish a Wood Rocking Chair

How to refinish a wood rocking chair:


So picture this. You own this beautiful wooden rocking chair. You love this rocking chair and have had for quite some time. But because that chair is so loved, it’s lost its original shine. So how do you restore your beloved wooden rocking chair to its original glory?


Rocking Chicc is a small business dedicated to providing you with the most comfortable chairs in the industry. Our core values focus on helping our customers stay healthy in the body and mind, something that can easily be affected by your furniture. Here, we will help explain how to keep your favorite pieces of furniture clean and pristine.


Let’s get started - how do you refinish a wood rocking chair?


The basic tools and supplies that you will need are sandpaper, a lint-free cloth, and a paint or stain. An orbital sander is optional for a more powerful and quicker process.


First you should prepare the chair for refinishing. Use a wet cloth to remove all dirt and grime. And don’t forget to remove or cover non-wooden areas such as bolts or hinges with painter’s tape. Cleaning the chair before refinishing could make a drastic difference in the end. 


Also make sure to repair any broken pieces of the furniture. We don’t recommend actually changing the design of the chair, but if a leg needs to be screwed back in or a bolt needs to be tightened, this is the time to do it.


Next, remove and strip the previous finish. Your rocking chair probably has an older varnish still on that needs to be removed before continuing the process. Using a chemical stripper to remove old paint is probably the easiest way to do so. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes after application and then after, scrap it all off. Rinse and repeat until it is close to clean. To check if you missed any part of the chair, get a clean cloth and wipe down the finished areas once it is near completion.


Then, start sanding the rocking chair. 220-grit sandpaper is recommended for best results, or an orbital sander, but any will do. For smaller, more narrow parts on the chair, use smaller pieces of sanding paper. If any loose splinters or holes appear, use glue with some tape or putty to cover them up. Once the surface is cleaned, use a clean cloth to wipe off the extra dust.


And finally, apply your finishing stain or paint. Whatever new stain or paint you purchase, make sure to follow the direction noted on the can for correct application. After applying the first coat, sand out the surface to make it even. Then proceed with another coat and wait until it is dry.


A final finish or clear coat is a great way to get extra coverage and protection. Sand one last time for an even distribution and then paint away. Let it dry for extra long so none of your clothes get stained. Then you are all done!


Hopefully, we have been beneficial in terms of wooden furniture cleaning and refinishing. If you are still interested in looking for new chairs or other furniture, check out our online collections. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get updates and special offers on much more.