Vintage Rocking Chair

Hand painted vintage rocking chair

I'm getting caught up on blog posts for projects that I recently finished. So you might be hearing from me quite a bit this week. Today's post is for a vintage solid wood rocking chair that I found at a thrift store. This is one of my favorite styles of rocking chairs and, if the price is right, I always pick them up if the chair is in fairly good condition.

old rocking chair
Before
The chair was manufactured by Nichols & Stone Co. in Gardner, Mass. Overall the finish wasn't in horrible condition, but it was worn here and there. Nevertheless the construction was solid and it has a charming style. I wanted to give it a fresh look that would work well in a nursery.

Rocking chair by Nichols & Stone Co., Gardner, Mass.
Rocking chair by Nichols & Stone Co., Gardner, Mass.

I sanded the seat and re-stained it in Prairie Wheat and sealed it with a top coat (General Finishes). Next I painted the rest of the chair in Old White and sealed the paint with a soft clear wax (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). Now the chair has a neutral color scheme that works well with most decors, or it can be dressed up with chair pads in pink or blue for a nursery.

Vintage rocking chair painted in a neutral color scheme
After: Neutral color scheme works well in many decors.

Gentle curves on rocking chair arms.
Gentle curves on rocking chair arms.
The paint was lightly distressed on the edges.
The paint was lightly distressed on the edges.

Light distressing added to the front of the rocking chair legs.
Light distressing added to the front of the rocking chair legs.

Seat sanded and re-stained.
Seat sanded and re-stained.
It is very similar in style to the other rocking chairs that I refinished in the past year: the Colonial Style Rocking Chair and the chair that I refinished for my daughter.

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