Recycled Children’s Rocker

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Saturday was a beautiful day in Maplewood so we decided to hit the local yard sales. There’s nothing better than stopping at a yard sale on the weekend! They’re always great for a treasure find, or two. And we really lucked out…we found six treasures that are sure to be featured on our blog soon!

We found an old little rocker that would be perfect for our niece Cady Brooke, who lives in Arkansas. She’s turning two, and what two year old doesn’t need a rocker! We found a lavender plaid fabric. The easiest way to give new life to an old piece of furniture is to paint and re-upholster it. This will be a perfect addition to our nieces bedroom!

Here’s what we used to make the rocker:

  • A very old rocker
  • 1/2-yard of fabric
  • 9-inch by 12-inch piece of 3/8-inch plywood
  • Batting
  • 3 cans of white gloss spray paint
  • 4 1-inch screws

This is what we needed to put it together:

  • Pliers
  • Screw driver (In this case, a regular screw driver might work better.)
  • Sand paper
  • Stapler

Let’s Make a Preppy Children’s Rocker!


  • Using the pliers, remove the fabric, stuffing and any nails or staples.
  • Remove the seat from the rocker by removing the screws from underneath the frame.
  • Next, wipe down the frame and the seat with a damp cloth. This rocker was very dirty underneath the fabric.
  • Spray paint the rocker frame with the white paint. Apply several coats and let dry. Don’t forget paint the underside of the rocker.

Cocktail Break!

A friend of ours suggested a Polish vodka infused with Bison Grass that she thought we’d like. Alberto did some research and realized that this vodka is often used with apple juice. Then he came up with this recipe called the Polish Kiss! It’s absolutely delicious!!!

Please be seated!


  • Take the seat of the chair, and cut the batting to size. We used three layers of batting to add extra cushion to the seat.
  • Next, place the fabric face down on the floor and decide what should be the center of the fabric, and place the batting and the seat (in that order) on top of the fabric. Now fold the fabric over the lip of the seat and staple in place. On the other side, pull the fabric taught and place a staple in the center. Repeat these steps on either end.
  • If the fabric is centered, turn the top back over, and begin applying staples on either side working back and forth between sides as you go. Be sure that you pull the fabric tight so that you don’t have any wrinkles in the final product.
  • On the ends, fold the fabric on the corner so that it looks nice. Think hospital corners! Repeat the last step on all four corners, and apply the last several steps to the 3/8-inch piece of plywood.

The Final Touches!

  • Place the seat in the frame, and screw into place.
  • Take the upholstered plywood, and place it onto the back. From the back of the backrest, screw the plywood to the backrest.

This really is an easy project, and it makes a world of difference to the furniture. I think our niece will love this rocker. I know her parents will! Now I’m dreaming of another Polish Kiss!


3 Responses to Recycled Children’s Rocker

  1. the kudzu queen says:

    You guys are wonderful. I’ve got a whole list of projects I want to do, inspired by your blog. Today’s rocker gives me the hope that I have skills enough to salvage an old chair sitting semi-abandoned on my back porch. I doubt I can find either Bison Grass or Polish vodka out here in Kudzu Queen country but surely there’s a kudzu version to be dreamed up?!

  2. suth2 says:

    A fantastic result. You have done a great job of showing how to upholster a chair. Heather

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