I have been busy watching online art classes and doing a few projects around my home. I haven’t had much of a schedule-it is so easy to slide into that when my kids are home during the summer break. As a result things that I wanted to keep up on have been neglected including this blog.
My son and his family are here visiting and before they got here I wanted to make sure I had my grandson’s rocking chair ready for him. He’s only 9 months old and still too young for it, but it was one goal I wanted to finish.
I found a great deal at a thrift store while I was in Tennessee. The proportions for a child’s rocking chair are a little different than what I have normally seen.
I have seen several blogs featuring chalk paint to refinish furniture. It gives a soft pastel look that I normally would not want, but figured this rocking chair would be a good candidate to try this out on. There are several DIY recipes out there and I ended up using a little water and unsanded grout for mine. I also read about using Vaseline to give a more realistic look of distressing.
I wiped down the chair with a little Krud Kutter and rinsed with vinegar. The finish had a rough texture to it and I wasn’t concerned about the paint sticking. My husband then gave it a good spray coat of some blue that we had on hand.
I waited until it was completely dry-it may have been a little soft in some areas. I then took a small amount of Vaseline and went around the areas that I thought would normally get the most wear and tear. Since I was painting on the chalk paint with a brush I didn’t want to drag the Vaseline all over into areas I didn’t want it so my layer was very thin.
I put on two coats of the chalk paint and let it dry. The areas where the Vaseline are separate a bit like crackling. I had intended to use a fine steel wool to remove the paint in those areas, but could not fine where we put it away. I opted to use a fine grit sandpaper instead of making a run to the store for steel wool. The painted Vaseline comes off very easily and leaves a smoother transition somewhat like a watercolor. I took some areas a little further and removed down to the bare wood. I’m pleased the result and it was easier and quicker with this method.
I wanted the chair to have a matching cushion and graphic with my grandson’s name. I had hoped to find a sweet nursery rhyme type fabric to give me some inspiration for the color and what to do for the font and graphic. I just couldn’t find what I had in mind. I found some nice fleece fabric and made some basic cushions with some tie quilting to hold it all together and give is some more definition. I found a sweet silhouette of a pied piper with a squirrel following behind at the Graphics Fairy. I uploaded to my Silhouette Cameo software and figured out my dimensions from there. I could have used the negative and painted it on, but I decided the vinyl may pull the paint away especially since the paint had not cured for awhile. So being in a hurry I decided just to put the positive part on with some black vinyl. I was a little crooked in my placement-it will have to do for now. It’s one of those things that bother me every time I look at it. All in all I think it is a very sweet little rocking chair, and now I just need my grandson to hold still long enough so I can get a picture of him in it.
*I think he likes it!