Cane Rocker Update

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This cane rocker update is one anyone can do! Simple with paint and a wax finish (that you can do or leave as-is!)

Hello friends!

I’ve got a simple one for ya today. I stopped in at one of our local ReStores the other day and came home with two things…and this cane rocker was one of them! (stay tuned for the other one later next week!)

Cane Rocker Update

cane rocker before

cane rocker before

And can you believe I got this for $5?!

cane rocker pricetag

It was in mostly great shape, a little worn in areas but other than that, good!

To begin, I cleaned it up with our TSP Alternative.

tsp alternative bottle in hand

Then I applied two coats of “Casement“.

rocker with wood part painted

I made sure to get the wood under the cane around the edges …

up close of rocker wood painted

And the underneath too…

underneath cane rocker unpainted

Much better!

underneath cane rocker painted

Second coat is done!

second coat of wood on rocker painted

I wasn’t worried about getting it on the cane as I had planned to paint that too. (a different color)

I decided to use “Pebble” for the caning.

top portion of caning painted in Pebble

It’s a nice neutral gray/beige shade.

rocker caning fully painted

I felt like this chair needed some “antiquing” and “wear”, so gave it a light sanding on the edges after it dried.

sanding the chair back

And even though Fusion Mineral Paint does not need a topcoat, I decided to add some protection and sheen with our Fields of Lavender wax. I don’t use wax often anymore but I love using this! It is SO creamy, like butter, and smells amazing.

jar of wax in hand

And done!

finished painted rocker in corner

This one really was that simple!

I love this antique-looking pillow in it.

finished painted rocker with ivory floral pillow

A little of the distressing up close.

up close of distressed rocker arm

up close of rocker back

up close of rocker backside

sideview of rocker


I took a $5 dated find and updated it with paint. A cane rocker update anyone can do!

This would look so nice in a guest bedroom or anywhere really. So fresh and bright.

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This cane rocker update is one anyone can do! Simple with paint and a wax finish (that you can do or leave as-is!)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friends! Enjoy the pretty leaves changing everywhere. We are getting a heat wave here, 80’s!



  1. Nancy,
    That turned out so well! What a find…$5!!! Thanks tor sharing all your great ideas
    Happy Fall,

  2. That was an amazing deal, Nancy! It’s great to find a piece that just needs a simple paint job. Now it’s fresh and bright and someone will be lucky to have it in a bedroom or family room.

  3. Wow! $5!!! It looks great painted. I do have my greatgrandfather’s chair that is very similar, but of course, I could never paint mine, but for $5, I think you made a good choice – it’s very pretty!

    1. Thank you, Lizzy! It’s nice to just do a simple update sometimes without all of the other paint techniques, etc. And sometimes, I think simple is the right choice too. :) xo

  4. Rockers are so charming! Love the fresh look of the white. Do you plan on sitting on it? I purchased a couple of vintage dining chairs a few years ago with cane seats that looked like they were in good shape, until I sat on one and it stretched out and broke. I should have know that’s why the four other matching chairs at the antique store already had busted seats and were cheaper, lol. I planned to put chair pads on them anyway so my husband just removed the caning on the broken one and added a wood square to the openings of both chairs. Glad it happened to me and not a guest! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Vicki! I am not going to keep this one but it is in very good shape and the seat is sturdy. I have definitely had/seen some like what you mentioned in the past though! And sounds like you came up with a good fix for yours! :) Have a great week! I think we might be getting back to more fall-like temps around here. xo

  5. Oh I really love how it looks now!! O can’t even believe you got it for next to nothing and the caning is in such great shape!! Well done, Nancy!!!

    1. Thank you, Michele! I can’t believe the caning is in such great shape either!! That’s not usually the case with these older pieces. So happy it is. :) xo

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