I’ve posted about my yard sale Cracker Barrel rocking chairs before in 3 different posts, but I have never shown you the entire beginning to end transformation of these beautiful chairs. When I got them, they were in pretty rough shape but they still had great bones. And they were cheap–I only paid $75 for the pair.
Stripping and re-staining them would have brought them back to their original gorgeous look, but I had other plans. I wanted a pop of color on my porch, so I painted them with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Provence. and then sealed them with clear and dark wax. The new look was absolutely gorgeous, but there was a problem. One of the chairs had been exposed to the elements a lot more than the other and the wicker looked much more worn than the other chair. Not a huge deal, but I really wanted these rocking chairs to look restored. Maybe not super matchy-matchy but definitely more alike and just ‘healthier’ looking.
Some people said to paint the wicker. Other people said stain the wicker. A third group said absolutely don’t stain the wicker. I went with my gut and decided to stain them. (In hindsight, I probably should have used some wood cleaner to clean them first, but you know what, I was learning. They look beautiful.) Staining the wicker was the missing piece of the transformation. It completely changed the look of the rocking chairs and brought them back to life.
Rust-Oleum Summer Oak was the color I used on the wicker. It added just the right amount of richness without being too dark.
What most people ask me is 1) How well has the chalk paint weathered? And 2) What do the chairs look like now? Well, I painted the chairs in August 2014. They’ve been sitting on our porch year round in all kinds of weather and I haven’t had to touch up the paint or reapply wax and they still look amazing. With that said, since it has been 2 years, I am going to reapply the wax this summer to make sure the chairs stay protected. Re-applying the wax once a year is probably ideal. I stained the wicker in March 2015. That still looks great too. Here is what the chairs look like today:
Paint and stain make a huge difference, don’t they? Have you ever used chalk paint on outdoor furniture? Tell me about your experience in the comments below!