My wife’s aunt, Tía Cecilia, asked me if I could refinish her rocking chair recently. She bought it in 1984 and the stain is starting to wear off of it.
Have any of you ever refinished a rocking chair?
It takes some time, but the end result will be worth it. The steps involved include:
- Stripping the original stain off
- Applying wood conditioner
- Applying the stain
- Applying a protective varnish
So far, I’m still on step #1 – stripping off the original stain! This part takes lots of elbow grease, by means of a putty knife and steel wool.
I’m trying to be as eco-friendly as I can. For the stain stripper, I’m using a biodegradable, no-VOC product. For the conditioner, stain and varnish, I’m using all water-based products, instead of oil-based, which have to be cleaned up with mineral spirits (which I’m sure you can also get eco-friendly versions of!).
Whenever I finish this project, I’ll post a photo of the newly finished rocking chair!