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Rocker Found Curbside turned Black Beauty

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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Comments

    • Larissa says

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

    • Larissa says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  1. Mary-In the boondocks says

    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.

    • Larissa says

      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!

  2. Stacy @ Anastasia Vintage says

    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! 🙂

    • Larissa says

      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!

  3. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says

    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

    • Larissa says

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

  4. karen says

    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

    • Larissa says

      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! 🙂

      • Ynonne olds says

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

        • Larissa says

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

  5. Denise Hardy says

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

    • Larissa says

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

    • Larissa says

      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!

  6. joanie says

    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.

    • Larissa says

      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!

    • Larissa says

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

  7. Janie says

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

    • Larissa says

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

  8. Carrie says

    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!!

    • Larissa says

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

  9. Rachel says

    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?

    • Larissa says

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

  10. Deirdre Breau says

    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!

  11. Josie Kendall says

    Larissa! Beautiful job! I’m trying to redo one of these chairs myself and am stumped on the process of how to attach the new fabric so that it covers and looks nice. I’m new to DIY. Any chance you could share your process on how you did the fabric? THANK YOU!!!!

    • Larissa says

      I first wrapped the front panel of fabric to the back and attached with hot glue. Then cut a piece the size of the back with 1″ overlap so I could fold under for a finished edge. Hot glued that on the back. Hope that helps!

  12. Katie says

    Love the finished rocker and I’m planning to refinish a bentwood rocker from my mother in law. How did you remove the seat and back and reattach them? Mine doesn’t have obvious screws, so did you just pry out the seat/back and glue them back in?

    • Larissa says

      Thank you, Katie. I’m excited to hear you are going to give it a try. I had to just pop them out as you mentioned. The cushions with the upholstery held it in.

  13. Analiese says

    I just got one of the these chairs and am wondering How do you reupholster the front and back of the top part? Where do the staples go? On the side?

    • Larissa says

      Yay for you! 😀 Mine was just glued in. I popped it out and when I added the fabric it made it tight enough that I could wedge it in and it held awesomely.

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