Amazing friends, I am so excited to have this project finally checked off my list!! Today I’m sharing the quick and easy makeover I gave to this pretty windsor rocker:
It was only $19.95 at the thrift store and it was solid, so I grabbed it right away. But then, it just sat taking up space in my storage room for probably two years!!
This is an odd shaped piece to store and I knew it would be one of the first pieces I tackled from my latest haul. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
The first thing I did was clean this piece with White Lightning. One TBSP of White Lightning mixed with half a gallon of hot water and I was able to clean this chair and the table and chairs I shared on Tuesday!
This rocker was dark, but it didn’t have any red undertones and would probably have shabbied up perfectly had I painted it white, but I decided to go dark on this one and gave it two coats of Caviar:
Although I had toyed with the idea of painting it to match a nursery, I felt like the style of this chair was better suited to black than anything else.
Then I decided to add a wreath stencil to the seat:
You can find this stencil HERE. I sprayed the back of the stencil with spray adhesive first to keep it from shifting. Then I used white acrylic craft paint and a small flat brush to fill in the stencil.
You can see how I apply stencils here if you like:
If you have trouble viewing, find it on YouTube HERE.
I gave it three coats of paint and pulled the stencil off immediately after applying the third coat.
When the paint was completely dry, I sanded across the entire surface with 220 grit sandpaper to smooth everything out:
You can see I also decided to join the leaves and berries of the stencil with a liner brush. I think it makes it look a bit less like a stencil. It’s funny…I was wearing my flip flops when I was working on the table and chairs I shared on Tuesday, but had to break out the boots for this project ha ha! We had quite a dip in temperatures!
And look who was trying to sneak out into the garage while I was working…
I see you, Lyla!
I added just a tiny bit of the Caviar to my Clear Coat…
This gives a nicer finish over darker pieces and minimizes the “ghosting” effect you get when you run your fingers across the dark surface.
And that was it!
I’ve held onto this chair for a couple of years and was able to transform it in a matter of a few hours!
It looks fresh and new now!
The stencil adds a little charm and fits with the style of this piece…
I love a classic black painted finish.
Short and sweet and so glad to call this one done!
And my favorite part…crossing another project off the list!!
There are still many many more to go. I’ll be back on Tuesday with my Trash-to-Treasure girls sharing what I did with this cabinet that came out of my sister’s bathroom:
Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see y’all next week!
UPDATE: This piece may have been headed for the trash, but there is nothing trashy about it now! It is super cute…see it HERE now!
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