Rocking Chair Makeover

I picked up this sweet little rocking chair for $6 at a
second hand store in North Dakota a few years ago and 
it finally got a much needed facelift with a bit of 
Americana Decor chalk paint.

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

I used a sanding block to smooth the rough edges,
cleaned off the chair with a damp paper towel and
let it air dry for a bit before painting.

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

I used Americana Decor Chalk paint, called Refreshing,
a beautiful and truly refreshing mint color.
I found the paint at Michael's (using a 40% off coupon)
and Home Depot also carries a few color choices.

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

The first coat was easy to apply...I'm a bit of a messy
painter when it comes to chalk paint if I'm planning
on sanding afterward, like I did with this piece. 
Two coats of paint were applied so that none of the
wood grain would show through, at least not until
I wanted it to!

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

I went through a couple of sponge brushes on this
project, they kept getting caught on the small
areas and ripping but otherwise, worked great.

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

The second coat covered the wood that was 
showing through and I used a sanding block 
to distress the edges just slightly.

 Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

Since this chair will be used by little ones I didn't 
really care to wax and rewax when needed, so I pulled
out my can of Minwax clear/satin Polycrylic. I used a
water based brush to apply. You only need a little bit
on your brush at a time since the Poly dries quickly 
and you want to minimize drips. A double coat of Poly
was added to the seat and a few places I know will 
get more wear and tear.

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After

Now to put this sweetheart back in my now two
year olds Vintage Circus bedroom!

Rocking Chair Makeover Before & After


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Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

This is a great makeover! I love chalk paint!! Thanks so much for linking up. I'm featuring you this week at Friday Favorites!!

Southern Made Blog said...

What a great idea! We are getting our front porch ready for the warmer weather and I want to put out some rocking chairs! Thanks for sharing this!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

Really like the new look.

Anonymous said...

That is really good. Reminds me of the version.