Antique Rocker with an Upholstery Webbing Seat

It's another day and once again I pulled a U turn
in the middle of the road on my way to work.

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat

I noticed a pile of antique chairs by a tree that I could not pass up!

One of the chairs, an antique rocker, was in great shape
except for the wicker seat... it's hard to find a wicker seat around in tact anymore.

The rocker had been painted (badly I might add) with a light grey flat paint.  

I thought the grey would make a good undercoat for the 
Emperor's Silk Red I wanted to use. 

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat

I distressed the red chalk paint letting the grey shine through.

Red and grey... a great combination. (Think OSU)

Next I set to work on the seat. 

I had 2 bolts of red and grey upholstery webbing in my stash that would be great for this job.

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat

There are no pictures of the during because I was too busy
pulling my hair out!  This was NO job for amateurs!

If this wasn't my first attempt at re-webbing a seat, might have known that a stretcher was really what I needed to easily pull the webbing tight. 

I could buy a $20 stretcher but the idea was to try it without one. 

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat

Don't get me wrong, the chair seat is great.

The webbing is strong. I used staples, glue, and upholstery tacks.

The seat isn't going anywhere.... but it was a huge job
that may have been easier with the right tools!

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat

And now this cute little rocker with the new webbed
seat is finished... a big job but a big save from the land fill 
and that's what counts!.

antique rocker with an upholstery webbing seat


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Love the red and the webbing. So perfect for the holidays!


  2. this antique red rocker with a webbing seat is sooo cheery Susan!

    great job!


  3. I love it, Susan!
    I have a roll of that red webbing but I've never actually used it for a chair!

  4. I swear you could make schmidt on a shingle look amazing!

  5. Love this sweet little chair...great color!!

    Happy Tuesday...


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