Is it time for a porch rocking chair makeover? Rather than tossing the metal chair bases, give them a modern look with an upcycled furniture DIY project using twine!
I made over this chair during a 5-week mini challenge to transform the front porch of my home. This DIY upcycled furniture project came about one day when I went to sit on one of these old faux rattan rockers on my porch, and my hand pushed right through the caning. It quickly became apparent that there had been a bit of dry-rotting going on!
HOW TO: A FAUX RATTAN ROCKING CHAIR UPCYCLED FURNITURE PROJECT
What you’ll need
– A wireframe rocking chair
– Scissors or an Exacto knife
– One roll of hemp cord and two of macrame cord
– Protective Gloves (recommended, not essential)
Starting your upcycled furniture project
Strip the Chair
1. Remove the existing caning or strapping using scissors and a utility knife. I was so surprised to find scotch tape was the only thing holding the canes on my chair – shocking! In my case, I also painted the frames black.
String the Chair Center First
2. Wrap the end of one ball of cord around the bottom center of the back portion of the chair and tie with a secure knot.
String Side Sections
Add Decorative Detail
Finishing your Upcycled Furniture Project
My husband isn’t suggesting I throw out these chairs now! I’m so glad to have a comfy – and pretty – spot to sit in. I couldn’t be happier with our Rocking Chair Makeover and love the clean lines of the new modern look!
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