~Charleston Room Makeover On A Budget Series~
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with this rocking chair for a long time. When I bought it in 1988, it matched the other dark wood furniture I had at the time. I bought it specifically to use as a rocker in our family room when Gloria was born. For that reason, I’ve always loved it. But, it hasn’t matched anything in my house for years. I held off painting it for sentimental reasons, I suppose until one day, Gloria said, this rocking chair really needs a makeover. Ok! It was time for a rocking chair makeover!
This is how it looked prior to its makeover. It’s dark, old and tired. Check out those details on the top of it! Lovely, yes? Not so much.
I took the chair outdoors, wiped it down with TSP and got to work. I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint for this. I managed to get two coats on just before the rain started.
Moving it inside, I spread out plastic on the floor and did a few touch up spots with a very small brush.
Typical of a summer storm in Charleston, it blew over pretty quickly so that I could take the chair back outside to distress it.
I used my palm sander to distress it along the edges.
I was happy to find this stencil pattern of shells at Michaels. It says it will cling to a surface, but I didn’t want to take any chances, so I used painter’s tape to hold it in place. This is the same stencil I used for my coastal coasters.
I used Craft Smart Chalk Paint in Deep Peach to paint it. I love the pop of color this gives to the chair.
Once all the paint was dry, I used a synthetic brush to apply a coat of Minwax Polycrylic and cheese cloth to wipe it off. I’ve done a lot of research on wax vs polycrylic and I’ve decided that polycrylic is the way to go for me. Others disagree and think waxing is the way to go. I found a great resource about it on Painted Vintage. Check that blog out for tons of information.
Adding a peach/coral colored pillow helps give it some color, too. I found this on sale at Stein Mart.
I have to say that while I was giving this chair its makeover, I spent some time recalling those precious memories of rocking my little baby girl in it. Yes, almost twenty-seven years later, those memories are easily recalled.
Now that I’ve finished the makeover, the chair truly does feel like it has been given new life. It’s bright and coastal and fits in perfectly with my Charleston Room decor now.
If you look at the right side of this picture, you can see a sneak peek at the china hutch that I’ve transformed. Post coming soon on that project.
Do you have old pieces of furniture that hold memories for you? How do you feel about changing the appearance? I could not be happier with how this rocking chair makeover turned out. And the memories are still in tact!
Charleston Room Makeover On A Budget Series~
Introducing the Series
DIY Extra Long Curtain Rods
Single Letter Monogram With Lace
Thrift Store Wall Curio
Coffee Table Tray
Chalk Painted Side Tables in Green
Annie Sloan Old White Coffee Table
DIY Open Frames
Rocking Chair Makeover
China Hutch Makeover