I know I said the ottoman would be next, but I still haven’t completed the new legs. Instead, I’ll show you the redo of a rocking chair I bought at a garage sale twenty years ago. When I bought it, the chair was still in its original light-brown varnish. I was expecting my baby soon and wanted a chair for his nursery so I picked up this cheap find and painted it white. I made cute cushions for it to match the rest of the decor I made for his room, but that’s not what this post is about.
The first project I did in Jackie Brunetti’s home decor sewing class at Chairdo was a simple pillow with a zipper. I was missing all the birds I used to watch every day at our old home on the bayou, so when I saw this bird print cotton it called to me. The simplicity of this pillow made me want a simple piece of furniture for it, something that evoked peaceful mornings and cozy evenings.
We’d purchased a matching brown leather sofa, chair, and ottoman, and we now have the renovated Singapore chair, but we are still short on furniture. I saw this rocking chair redo idea on Pinterest and thought it would make a good addition to the things we already had. The old white rocker had been in our attic during the flood so it was one of the few pieces of furniture we didn’t have to throw away. It was perfect for this project.
The rails are now painted in Home Accents chalk paint that I bought at Hobby Lobby. It took two small bottles of Cape Cod Gray to cover the white paint. After it dried, I gave the painted areas a protective clear coat.
Using Citrigel, I stripped the paint off the areas where I wanted the wood to show. I loved using the Citrigel; it didn’t stink and didn’t burn through clothing or skin. Afterward scraping off the curdled paint, I cleaned the chair with mineral spirits then lightly sanded it. The stain I chose was Miniwax’s English Chestnut (233). The staining went quickly and was easy to use.
I thought this inexpensive project turned out well.