Update tired old rocking chairs by turning them into a colorful, conversational couples double rocker!  Spend the summer together chatting outside.

Update tired old rocking chairs by turning them into a colorful, conversational couples double rocker!  Spend the summer together chatting outside.

An acquaintance was moving and asked if I wanted this lovely pair of rockers that had belonged to her grandparents.  I was happy to take them off her hands!  I gave them a fun, fresh pop of color, then added new cushions and fabric, to completely transform the chairs.  This has a been a great couples double rocker for just lounging outside, enjoying summer.

Update tired old rocking chairs by turning them into a colorful, conversational couples double rocker!  Spend the summer together chatting outside.

Supplies Used to make the Couples Double Rocker: (includes affiliate links)

Step one:  Wipe down and, if needed, sand and touch up chips on the chairs.

Step two:  Paint the chairs with outdoor paint.  I used Curb Appeal, which is designed for doors but is also great for other outdoor items.  Two layers of paint was enough to cover the project.  I used a foam roller for the most of the paint, and then a smaller brush for the harder to reach places.

Step three:  Measure a piece of foam to fit the base of the chair.  I use an electric meat cutter to cleanly cut foam cushions.  See this video of how I use the cutter to trim foam.

Step four:  Cover the foam with the desired fabric.  I used a lightweight canvas fabric because it is sturdy and comfortable to sit on.

Step five:  Fold the edges of the fabric in and staple in place.

Step six:  Cover the staples with rope trim.  I used hot glue to quickly add the trim to the chair.

Step seven:  Use mending plates to join the chairs.  First mark where the plates will go.  Drill pilot holes, then screw the plates in.  I added 4 plates to the bottom of the rocker and two plates to hold the arms together.

This couples double rocker is great for conversations!

I originally published this project on the Fairfield World site, where I am on their design team.  Visit their Inspiration Page for a lot more great DIY ideas!

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