As a graphic designer, there are times when I get really tired of sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen and need a little creative outlet. This past weekend while antique perusing with my mom and niece, I found an old, forgotten rocking chair and it was the perfect inspiration!
The rocker had been stained at one point in time and was looking pretty rough. So, the first step was to remove the nasty leftovers by sanding it down. My nieces and nephews absolutely loved this process and thought it was hilarious to use the sander until their hands went numb! Once it was sanded down there were some cracks and other holes that needed to be filled. I finally got it all fixed up and looking much better!
Now, if you know me, you know I can’t just do plain when I’m in creative mode so the paint schemes started to flood my mind and the taping process began.
Next, white paint! I thought it would be nice to do a stark white on the rocker to give it a classic look despite the geometric design I was about to add to it 🙂 The pups love when I do projects like this because they get to go hang out outside and supervise, as you can see. A few coats of white spray paint later and the tape was ready to come off. The pattern was looking just like I’d imagined! I do wish I would have followed some of the pattern around more, but that’s ok, I’ll know for the next one I do.
When the white had finished drying, I began to add some mint colored geo details. I did this by hand and in hindsight think it may have been better to stencil it out first, but it adds to the vintage/handmade look that I like also so it’s not terrible. With a little mint here and there, I had it about done! Meanwhile, the nieces and nephews were having a blast painting some old terra-cotta pots the same mint color with white patterns and designs.
Finally, I put on a few topcoats of clear glaze to protect the color and design work. When it had dried, I ran some low grit sandpaper over it so it wouldn’t be rough to sit on. (No one likes to have their arms or backside rubbed raw while they’re rocking away) Once it was smooth enough, I put it on the back patio with the pretty pots and enjoyed the nice afternoon weather!
(Please ignore the house siding and messed up blind in the photos 😉 We just moved in not long ago and these are already on our list of things to do as we begin to update/fix the house)
Is it perfect? Nope, sure isn’t. Are there things I would have done differently looking back? Probably a few. BUT, seeing as this was the first major/more complex furniture refurbish I’ve done, I’m pretty excited about how it turned out 🙂 This was a fun project and it was a great creative outlet for the week! Feeling inspired and ready to rock-and-roll now! (Yep, I went there)