We inherited this sweet, little rocking chair as a hand-me-down from my father-in-law. It used to sit in my husband's room when he was a child and is the perfect fit for A's new bedroom. However, at over 40 years old, this rocking chair needed a little TLC. Enter Howard Restor-A-Finish.
If you have never used Howard's, it is pretty much a miracle worker. It easily buffs out small scuffs and scratches....I have used it many times over the past years: on our old wood kitchen table, our wooden stools, a wood tray, and the wood trim-work in our previous home. You can purchase it online via Amazon or in the paint section of Lowe's or Home Depot.
We happened to have the "Mahogany" stain on-hand which was a perfect match for this little rocker. You can see from these before pictures some of the blemishes that we were dealing with.
I started by thoroughly washing down the chair with some warm, soapy water. After cleaning as much gunk and grime off the chair as I could, I waited for it to dry completely and then hit it with the Howard's. I followed the directions on the can, applying the oil to small sections at a time and then wiping clean with a dry rag. Howard Restor-A-Finish quickly buffed out most of the imperfections and left the chair looking fresh and shiny.