REFINISHING A KIDS' ROCKING CHAIR
I really wanted to include a kids' chair in our family photos so our kids didn't have to sit on the ground and so the photos look a little different than our last family photos, even though we had planned to do these photos in the same location as we did them two years ago. So I tracked down a cheap rocking chair - the lady I got it from was actually selling two kids' rocking chairs for $10 each so I picked up both of them. What a rockin' deal!
They were both painted in a BRIGHT BLUE colour, but the colour was peeling off something fierce. So I picked the rocking chair with arms for the photoshoot so it would be easier for our little baby to sit in. And I chose to refinish it a colour that would look good in our daughter's room after the photoshoot was finished.
Here's the before photos:
To kick off this little refinishing project, I used an electric hand sander with 80-grit sandpaper to get off all of the peeling paint. I couldn't get the BRIGHT BLUE colour out of the grooves so that either meant I was going to have to paint the chair a solid colour or I was going to have to strip the paint out of the grooves to get down to the bare wood. I didn't want to paint the rocking chair a solid colour, but I also didn't want to use furniture stripper so I tried a new plan of attack. I painted the entire chair in a very light coat of a teal paint colour. I let the teal paint dry overnight.
And then I went back to sanding the chair with a 80-grit sandpaper until the teal colour was distressed to my liking. Here's what it looked like after the distressing:
Next, I whitewashed the rocking chair using the same method of whitewashing that I used on our hutch refinishing project. I used the same 6 parts glaze to 1 part paint that I used on the hutch. This ratio makes it much easier to wipe off the paint/glaze mix with a wet paper towel to get your desired distressed look. I used a creamy white paint colour (Westhighland White SW 7566) to mix with the glaze. I let the whitewashing dry overnight.
Next, I sanded the whole chair very quickly with a 220-grit sandpaper to make the wood softer to the touch. I made sure not to sand too much as I didn't want to lose too much of the distressing that I had done with the teal paint and the whitewash.
Finally, I applied a matte clear coat from a spray can, which made it much easier to spray all the grooves, spindles, and rounded parts that were on this rocking chair. The directions on the spray can said to apply a second, light coat within an hour of the first coat or 24 hours after, so I applied my second coat about 45 minutes after the first one.
LOVE how this sweet little chair turned out! It worked perfectly for the photoshoot and it matches beautifully with the wallpaper in our daughter's room. Beware of the cuteness overload: