Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Vintage Find: Kids Rocking Chair

A couple of weeks ago, Joey and I took a trip to one of our favorite vintage stores, Chelsea Forge Antiques. We ended up picking up a couple things, but this little rocking chair needed some loving.

The woven backing was broken and the stain on the chair itself was wearing away. I did love the way it looked rustic and worn, but knew it would match our house better with a coat of paint. The backing was an easy fix to just restitch and pull tighter, plus we got this little guy at a steal!

After re-weaving some of the backing and tacking it so that it was tight again, I went over the entire chair with an all purpose cleaner.  Any chipping stain or paint I made sure was removed. 

I went over the entire chair with white spray paint. Once dried I did another coat on any areas I missed. Once those coats were completely dried, I went over the chair with sand paper one areas that would have been naturally worn through use. Using a dry cloth, I wiped away any excess paint flakes from the sand paper.

Lastly I sprayed a coat of polyurethane over the entire chair and let dry completely outside (or with the garage open to avoid any fumes!).

 I used these stencils to add some personalization onto the chair.
Joey loves sitting in it and rocking! He's still a little small to be left alone in it, but can see this getting a lot of use in a couple months!!
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