OFF YOUR ROCKER?
All it takes to give an unfashionable, traditionally upholstered rocking chair a fresh look is a new cushion: choose a modern geometric design, bold florals or something quirky, such as a cartoon cat. Upcycle an unvarnished pine rocking chair by painting the arms, backs, seat or curved rockers for accents of colour. Use semi-gloss waterborne enamel and be bold with your colour choices. I used Resene Lustacryl in ‘Aqua’ and ‘Pink Panther’. Personalise a plain chair with a découpage collage on the seat (protect with two coats of polyurethane) or stencil your child’s name across the back. For extra comfort on a wooden rocking chair for a nursery, sew custom-made cushion covers with zippers and back ties, so they can be easily removed for cleaning or updated with new covers when your children are no longer being breastfed.