Hello beautiful friends! I’m back today with a child’s rocker makeover. This is another piece from my latest haul that I found at the thrift store for $18.95:
Y’all know I’m cheap and I would never pay that! However, as I was about to purchase THIS DRESSER for $65, the gentleman at the checkout announced that all furniture was 50% off!
So, I got that fabulous dresser for less than $40 and this cute rocker for $9!
Otherwise, I would have left this one behind.
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Like most of my projects, this one started with a good cleaning using White Lightning:
Once it was cleaned, I swapped out the water for clean water and gave it another wipe down to rinse any residue.
I decided to give this little rocker a super simple makeover and reached for one of my favorite blues, Savannah Mist:
This piece already had a ton of scratches and boo boo areas, so I decided I wanted to go for a more distressed look that would camouflage all that.
When I want a bit more distressing than normal, I only apply one coat.
Before sanding, I decided to add one row of stripes in Cotton White to the back. (Two coats there.)
My favorite tape for adding stripes is FrogTape for delicate surfaces:
I removed the tape while the paint was still wet.
Once that was dry, I sanded all over with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding block.
Only applying one coat of paint makes it much easier to get a really distressed look.
Sealing with Terra Wax
I finally received my order of the brand new Terra Wax this weekend, so I was anxious to try it out on something! It was made with the new Terra Clay paint in mind but can be used with the chalk mineral paint too!
The new wax is hard, not soft like the Best Dang Wax…more like a traditional furniture wax.
The beauty of it is that it will dry super hard for the best protection you can get from a wax! I used my Best Dang Brush to apply it, but I found that there was almost a coating on the top surface of the wax.
So…I simply tipped it over and was able to remove the bar of wax:
Then I dropped it back into the container upside down, and that side was much more penetrable:
Now you WILL NOT see it being scooped up by your brush, but once you swirl it into your painted surface and run your hand across it, you will be able to feel it.
It will feel slightly tacky.
Once you apply it all over, you will want to let it set up for about an hour.
The result is a lovely sheen!
I will admit that the wax is bit more work as compared to using one of the Clear Coats (super easy!), but the finish really is lovely!
Because this wax is oil-based, you’ll want to clean your brush right away. I just cleaned mine with a bit of Dawn dish shop, working it into the bristles before rinsing.
That was it for this makeover!
Here’s how this sweet child’s rocker looks now:
Sweet and simple!
I just love this soft blue-gray, and you can see how just applying only one coat of paint before sanding makes it super easy to get a more distressed look.
The distressing also hides all the imperfections in the original finish.
I think a painted finish for children’s furniture is so much more whimsical.
And just a simple stripe across the back adds just a little something.
That is another project complete from this haul!
Here’s what I’ve shared so far:
If you like this rocker makeover, you might like what I did with this one too!
See what I did with it HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls sharing this oak side table that needed a little TLC!
I’ll see ya then!
UPDATE: No need to wait! See how this pretty table looks now HERE!
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