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.
Supplies Used to make the Couples Double Rocker: (includes affiliate links)
- Two thrifted Rocking Chairs
- DecoArt Americana Decor Curb Appeal, Modern Red
- Canvas Fabric
- Foamology Extra Support Foam
- Staple Gun
- Rope Trim
- Glue Gun
- Stainless Steel Mending Plates
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!