Roadkill Rescue: Rockers

Infarrantly Creative was on the prowl again scouring curbside and found something wonderful for my deck.

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I actually took a picture of the trash pile for you just so you would truly believe that I do find treasures in the trash. This was at my neighbor’s house (Hi Michelle!). There was an old hot water tank and a bumper, but I could not think of a good use for them so I left that. HAHA!

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What I did take was two rockers that had been weathered by the elements and chewed up by a dog.

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IMG_0409 As best as I could I filled in the chewed up arm with wood filler. Sanding in between coats I built up the wood filler to create a smooth surface. It isn’t perfect but it works for me.

I tried using spray primer but the wood just soaked it up so I had to hand paint it with primer. At a yard sale a few months back a painting contractor had a bunch of free gallons of paint to get rid of. So I grabbed some Exterior Porter Paint in a sage color. It was the perfect paint for this project.

The project technically was free but I wasted two cans of spray primer, so in essence it cost me $6.20. Boo! I still have the other one to tackle tomorrow but I got one to show you today.IMG_0465 When spring rolls around I think I am going to find some cushions for these. They will probably only be outside for a few weeks at most and then in our garage for the winter.

I know I have seen these rockers at Cracker Barrel for upwards of $100. So it was quite a curbside steal wouldn’t you say?

Speaking of Roadkill Rescue…just a reminder to keep an eye on the curbside so you can come join my party coming soon.





  • Candace

    Hi, hi! I left this comment on the post way back from August, so I wanted to leave it here as well to make sure you got it. I JUST saw that you featured me in one of your "You inspire me!" features for the hooded towel I made from your tutorial. You're SO sweet to do that! I had so much fun making it and got a lot of comments on it. Your tutorials are just lovely and I love, love, love all your re-fabs! Keep 'em coming!

  • Isabella & Max Rooms

    Okay, I am just stunned those would be left on the curbside beside the trash. First, I am virtually certain if I tried that I'd get a note from the trashman informing me I am not allowed to leave such things along with the trash (this is Oregon after all), second, what potential!! And you made the most of it!
    Janell

  • Isabella & Max Rooms

    Okay, I am just stunned those would be left on the curbside beside the trash. First, I am virtually certain if I tried that I'd get a note from the trashman informing me I am not allowed to leave such things along with the trash (this is Oregon after all), second, what potential!! And you made the most of it!
    Janell

  • Isabella & Max Rooms

    Okay, I am just stunned those would be left on the curbside beside the trash. First, I am virtually certain if I tried that I'd get a note from the trashman informing me I am not allowed to leave such things along with the trash (this is Oregon after all), second, what potential!! And you made the most of it!
    Janell

  • Isabella & Max Rooms

    Okay, I am just stunned those would be left on the curbside beside the trash. First, I am virtually certain if I tried that I'd get a note from the trashman informing me I am not allowed to leave such things along with the trash (this is Oregon after all), second, what potential!! And you made the most of it!
    Janell

  • ilovemy5kids

    LOVE IT!!! I'm telling you what…I'm missing out on the "trash" lately…

    Blessings to you,
    lana

  • LizO

    Smart curbside shopping there. There truly is beauty in things that others see as nothing but junk.

    Great eye and great work!

  • Sonja, Queen of Crafts

    Heehee – I imagine you cruising and prowling the streets in a van, on the look-out for what you termed "roadkill"… ;-) What a fantastic find. I am so jealous. Ha, although I haven't even got a porch *lol*. On the one hand it is great what you can find on the curbside, but on the other hand I also find it sad that we have become such a throwing-out civilisation… Well done, though, Beckie!

  • slinkycat

    I love it! I bet your neighbour is sorry she got rid of them now! Well done! :) Leanne

  • Cara and Jenn

    Definitely Cracker Barrel worthy! You better watch out your neighbor doesn't come steal them back!! lol
    ~Cara

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now

    Fabulous rescue!!! :) The edges on your rockers look like the edges of the picnic table we stole (rescued) from the house next door when the tenants moved out. My hubby sanded the edges really well, and now it just looks distressed. :)

  • Beverly

    AWESOME!!!

  • Grace @ One Craft Girl’s Corner

    I continue to eye those rockers at Cracker Barrel. They're too pricey for me. Great job on salvaging these! What a save!

  • Amber

    I can't even believe that is the same chair! I probably would have passed it by because of the mangled arm ends, but you came up with a clever solution. That's why you're the queen of roadkill rescues!

  • Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful

    What a fab find, my friend! You are serisouly the QUEEN of roadkill rescues and I love you!

    ~Amanda

  • Amy Jo

    wow! That looks great. I tried to zoom in to see how well you fixed the dog-chewed arm with wood filler. I love the sage color on them and rocking chairs (for free) are going to be so great on your new deck!

  • Rebecca D.

    AAAAAAHHHH!!! Now that's a rescue!!!!