Hello amazing friends! Can I tell you how nice it is to have the freedom to dig to through my pile and pick something to make over, and not feel like I should be doing something house-related? This is the first time I have felt that freedom since moving in back in August, and it feels so good!
My pick for today is this dated little rocker I picked up at the thrift store for $5 just before the holidays:
Harvest gold velvet hasn’t been in fashion in 40 years so I’m pretty sure this little fella has been around a while. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
Good bye harvest gold. Hello cute black and white check!
I know black and white aren’t traditionally colors one would use for children’s furniture, but that’s the beauty of creating…you can do whatever strikes your fancy! Plus it is pretty gender neutral.
This cute check also matches the graphics I added to the back of the chair for a fun touch:
To add these I used my Silhouette cutting machine. (I have this one HERE.) Did anyone get one for Christmas? I had a love-hate relationship with mine at first, mostly because I was so used to using Photoshop Elements to create my designs, but once I realized I could upload my own creations to my Silhouette to print, we were friends again. I shared how to do that HERE.
Simple words like I added to this chair are easy to create in Silhouette though, plus they have tons of their own designs you can download.
I like to use regular old contact paper since I am cheap, however don’t choose black and white paper if your design is black and white also:
Oopsie…that made it kind of difficult to see what I was doing. I used this craft paint and a small brush to fill in the “stencil” I had created with contact paper.
When my graphics were dry, I lightly sanded the entire chair including the words and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
I didn’t bother to remove the old fabric on the seat, and in fact I kind of like to keep it there to show the history of this little piece for future owners who may uncover it some day.
I found about three yards of this checked fabric for $2 at an estate sale last year…
My el cheapo $8 staple gun did the job perfectly!
The seat was just held in place by three screws.
This cute little piece actually looks really sweet here in my office, if only I had little bums that would still fit in it! Even Brennan had a hard time squishing his little tush into it.
Now this chenille throw is the kind of vintage I adore…
It is part of a larger bed covering that I picked up at a yard sale for $5. Unfortunately it looked like moths had had their way with it all along the top seam, so I cut it down.
I hope you enjoyed this little makeover.
Here’s another little rocker that got a much-needed makeover a couple of years ago:
See how I updated this sweet rocking chair HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I updated this thrift store flatware box:
UPDATE: See how this flatware box looks now HERE!
Have a great weekend! 🙂
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