Rocker Found Curbside turned Black Beauty

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I’m doing a happy dance because today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! It’s a fun time when I get to join up with my bloggin’ gals to inspire you to see past the junk and find the treasure beneath a thrifted goodie or curbside find. My trashure piece, a Bentwood rocker, was found curbside while on my way home from a garage sale. Check out my haul…

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Junky heaven, right? From the garage sale and only $10 later, I found some wood turnings, old rusty tools, salvaged rocking chair rockers, a vintage Pfaltzgraff bread plate (sold lightning fast from my shop), and those four hanging flower baskets I turned into lanterns for our patio makeover. (Head on over to check out our patio, it’s full of good stuff!) The turnings became tiered stands, complete with DIY tutorial. And those rockers become a lamp for my family room. Those turnings became tiered stands here. Oh, and the coping saw became a funkified sign – see HERE. whew! Not bad,eh?

This DIY patio design features a rustic and repurposed touches with a harvest table, faux fireplace, and curtains for privacy. All completed by one couple on a budget by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

On my way home from that garage sale, the cruddy Bentwood rocker was sitting curbside, so I checked with the owner and he said, “Take it”. tsk. That’s music to my furniture-lovin’ ears.

Outside of being plain ugly, it really was in decent shape. Upholstery was worn and faded, and some puppy had used it for a chew toy.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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With a little wood filler and sanding, that damage is easily repaired. Now, in case you didn’t know, I’ve worked on a Bentwood rocking chair before. That one was caned, and totally called out to be embroidered. You can read all about that makeover HERE.

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

For my newest rocker though, it was all about the paint. Knowing how un-fun hand-painting those rockers were last time, I have shied away from snatching up these chairs again until now. I’m not trying to sound commercial, but I absolutely LOVE my HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer! I’ve used it in on a farmhouse dining table, a highchair, our DIY fireplace, and even the HomeRight Heavy Duty sprayer in our boys’ room makeover (you need to check out those posts, my videos show the proof is in the puddin’!). Seriously, those sprayers are lifesavers in my book.

So, of course, this time I didn’t hesitate to whip out my sprayer to tackle those curvy legs. First coat done in 10 minutes…eep! ♥ And with my HomeRight Rapid Clean, clean up was in 5 minutes. You can’t beat it.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

After two coats of flat black paint on both top and bottom, I did a coat of Modern Masters satin poly. Just look at that even coat and that glorious shine.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I love the damask fabric I found to cover those ugly brown cushions. Now this curbside rocker is a black beauty, don’t you think?

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Dog chew toy, no more. This curvy lady is now whole again and stealing the show.

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Funny that you can find these chairs at garage sales, thrift stores, and even curbside. Maybe now you may think twice and grab one for yourself? If you’re not the DIY type, you can find this rocking chair available in MY SHOP. (UPDATE: I decided to donate this chair to a local crisis pregnancy center to help a new mom in need. I love a good #trashure story with a happy ending)

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Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I’d love it if you’d pin and share so that others can look past the trash and see the beauty too!

Curbside Bentwood Rocker turned Black Beauty by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
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More of my trashure makeovers like this Bentwood Rocker:

Hard to believe this antique dressing table was put curbside for city trash cleanup. From curbside to French beauty - a must see by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesA left for trash dumpster dresser gets a makeover taking it from damsel in distress to Boho Chic DIVA. A must see makoever! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Now don’t head off yet! Just wait until you see what my Trash to Treasure friends have whipped up for you!

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35 Comments

  • 24/7 in France

    Love the black & white – very chic!

    October 13, 2015 at 6:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much! Those rockers remind me of a Fleur de Lis, so black it had to be. 😉

      October 13, 2015 at 8:41 am Reply
  • Marie from The Interior Frugalista

    Wow Larissa, you took that rocker from UGLEEEEEE to downright gorgeous and current!

    October 13, 2015 at 8:06 am Reply
    • Larissa

      It was so horrid, Marie. Dirty and bleck. I’m so glad you like my update! 🙂

      October 13, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    I did not know how on Earth you were going to make that ugly rocker beautiful again, but I should have known you better! It is gorgeous!! XO

    October 13, 2015 at 8:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…it was SO UGLY! But you know me, I love a good challenge. Thanks for the love, Christy!

      October 13, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply
  • Mary-In the boondocks

    It is a black beauty indeed. I really like how you went for the black paint this time, always full of surprises. And the fabric is lovely and very modern.

    October 13, 2015 at 8:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Classic black can do no wrong. I kept seeing a Fleur de Lis in the legs, so that’s what it became. Thank you, Mary!

      October 13, 2015 at 8:43 am Reply
  • Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage

    This is so pretty! I did a bentwood rocker in my pre-sprayer days as well – I can’t even imagine how much faster the process would be with the sprayer! Can’t wait to find another one! 🙂

    October 13, 2015 at 9:00 am Reply
    • Larissa

      uuugghh…it is not fun to paint these with a brush and this sprayer made me rethink picking them up again for sure! I can’t wait to see what you do. Thanks for stopping by!

      October 13, 2015 at 10:04 pm Reply
  • Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule

    That curbside rocker is definitely a black beauty now!! Awesome job! I have a paint sprayer but never use it! I need to!:)
    xo
    Nancy

    October 13, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, you should, Nancy! It has saved me in so many ways. Thanks for the love!

      October 13, 2015 at 10:03 pm Reply
  • karen

    i was wondering about your spray painter???? have you used chalk paint in that? and if so do you add water to it and how much? I mean your pieces are sooo flippin pretty !and i paint with chalk paint and milk paint and i was not sure if that would work. thank you so much….karen

    October 13, 2015 at 1:57 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks for the love, Karen! I honestly don’t really use chalk paint, but have seen on Pinterest that other bloggers have used it in this same sprayer with much success. The sprayer comes with instructions and a fluidity tester so you can determine if it has the right flow and amount of water in your paint. I wouldn’t hesitate to try it! 🙂

      October 13, 2015 at 10:02 pm Reply
      • karen

        thank you so much

        October 14, 2015 at 8:57 am Reply
      • Ynonne olds

        I 2 as wondering – if u don’t use chalk paint what type of paint do you use

        January 29, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
        • Larissa

          I use a basic paint by Glidden. Either flat, egg shell, satin, or gloss depending on the project.

          January 30, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply
  • Denise Hardy

    This is so beautiful – you have made such a difference and love the fabric you have used – well done and thank you for sharing 🙂

    October 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      My absolute pleasure, Denise! Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

      October 13, 2015 at 10:01 pm Reply
  • Jen @ Girl in the Garage

    This is very French-y and so chic! That damask fabric really makes it special. Fabulous job as usual Larissa! xo

    October 13, 2015 at 2:43 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Can you believe it was left curbside? So crazy that another one came into my path, and I’m stoked to have given it new life. Thanks for the love, Jen!

      October 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • joanie

    I have also purchased,. The exact rocker. Can’t wait to get started on it. You did a beautiful job with the black paint. What type of paint sprayer did you use? I have used foam rollers and brushes in the past with pretty good luck. Would like to learn to use a paint sprayer.

    October 16, 2015 at 6:21 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Joanie. 🙂 I have all the info. on the sprayer in the post – if you just click the link it’ll take you to Amazon that has the specs on it. Seriously, the sprayer is by far the fastest, and easiest way to paint a rocker like this or anything for that matter. Hope this helps!

      October 16, 2015 at 6:27 am Reply
  • Wendi @ H2OBungalow

    Fabulous as always! I’m crazy for your orbs! Such vision my friend!!

    October 16, 2015 at 8:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks Wendi! I was like a kid in a candy store when I found those hangers…eep! 🙂

      October 17, 2015 at 7:59 am Reply
  • Janie

    What a beautiful Black Beauty result Larissa! What I want to know is how you ‘mended” that chewed up mess with wood filler?

    October 17, 2015 at 11:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Janie! I just filled it with wood filler, let it dry, and sand smooth.

      October 19, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply
  • Carrie

    Hi!! Can I ask, did you sand this before painting? The piece still looks like it had the gloss to it, and I wondered how paint adhered to it? You are using latex paint, right?

    Thank you!!

    October 20, 2015 at 11:07 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Yes, Carrie, I did sand it to give it “teeth”, and yes, a basic acrylic paint.

      October 20, 2015 at 4:37 pm Reply
  • Rachel

    I also re-did one of these, and had the HARDEST time, getting the back out of the chair to reupholster. It had been glued in I think. How did you remove yours?

    June 27, 2016 at 11:22 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Good for you! I just knocked it like crazy with a hammer and it finally came out. 😀

      June 28, 2016 at 9:56 am Reply
  • Nancy

    Wow! Wonderful job. Love it!

    July 2, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you so much, Nancy! 🙂

      July 4, 2016 at 5:56 am Reply
  • Deirdre Breau

    You continue to amaze me with your talent and eye for detail. I love the black and white rocker. So cute. What I love even more are the hanging globes from the flower baskets!! Do you know how many of those I have passed up at garage sales???? NOT ANYMORE!

    August 6, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the love, Deirdre.

      August 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

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