If you’re like me and you have an old rocking chair, you may need ideas to update it. This rocking chair was handed down from my mom. While the needlepoint is charming, unless the theme of your room is granny chic, it is also dated.
I started painting this rocker almost exactly a year ago. I got side tracked when I didn’t have a great vision for it. So I picked it back up last week, and made myself push through.
Here are the products I used to achieve this look.
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- Rocking chair (owned)
- White Lightning
- Spanish Moss
- Flat Small Brush
- Clear coat Satin
- Batting, fabric & trim
After cleaning this piece, I gave it two coats of Spanish Moss. It’s a beautiful soft mossy green color.
Since the wood parts were somewhat narrow, I used the Flat Small brush. It’s a good idea to match your brush size to the size of the area you’re painting. It’s also smart to turn your chair upside down to make sure you get all the nooks and crannies.
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Clear Coat for Protection and Sheen
Before I started adding upholstery and trim, I wanted to protect the paint. I almost always use a liquid top coat with Dixie Belle paint, and my favorite is the Satin sheen. It makes the paint more scratch-proof and it makes it wipable for cleaning.
See how the 2 coats of Satin give the piece such a beautiful soft glow?
Reupholstering a Rocking Chair
I had this cute owl fabric on hand, and I’m not quite sure where I picked it up. I’m guessing it was at JoAnn Fabrics. First, I cut the fabric and a thin layer of batting to size for both the seat and the back.
Using a staple gun, I stapled it from the top down all around the edges. Lastly, using some cute ribbon from Michael’s Arts & Crafts, I hot glued around the edges of the fabric to hide the staples.
Isn’t this a perfect painted rocking chair idea for a baby’s nursery?
Another Painted Rocking Chair Idea
If you don’t have little ones, here’s another rocking chair for any room and style.
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