February 5, 2011

Hand Painted Child's Rocker

Just finished a little makeover on this cute wooden 
child's rocker that I found at a thrift store

This is what I started with....lovely huh?

After I stripped the fabric off the seat, I saw it was particle board...ugh. 
I wasn't going to put a cushion on it so 
I covered the edges with molding that 
I attached with wood glue and finishing nails.

I spray painted the whole thing black and decided on a simple pattern 
of white numbers on the black background.

 I mentioned before when I was painting 
how I don't really use stencils.  
I prefer to go for it by hand and see what happens... 
'cause I'm all risk taking like that haha

 I used white chalk and  lightly drew on the numbers 
to get the placement down before I started to paint

I painted the numbers with white acrylic paint 
and gave the seat a clear coat for protection

My painting is not perfect, but I like the "painterly" effect 
and you really don't notice the tiny imperfections when looking at the overall piece....
that's what I'm telling myself anyway ;)

Awww, it's cute!
 My 12 yo son, who weighs probably as much 
as I do asked if he could sit in it...uh, NO!

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  1. I wish I had the talent to paint by hand like that! My sister does and I am always envious! The chair is perfect!

  2. Cute as can be..You did great.

  3. popped over from funky junk! love the rocker!! hope you'll come see me!


    ps looking forward to seeing more!

  4. popped over from funky junk! love the rocker!! hope you'll come see me!


    ps looking forward to seeing more!

  5. Good thinking to edge it out with molding. Looks great!

  6. Adorable! Love how the typography just pops right up to meet you! So fun!


  7. Such a cute rocker, I love that you had the confidence to paint it by hand!

  8. Totally gorgeous! You really took this little rocker from "trash to treasure!" I just love it. I found you through Make It 4 Monday. I'm following you!!

    Come visit!


  9. Such a cute makeover. I would be scared to freehand paint like you do. It turned out really great.

    Thanks for stopping by Cheap Thrills Thursday at Black Kats Design. I hope to see you again this week.

    BTW - I'm your newest follower!

  10. I love this chair!!! thanks for sharing, your blog is always so inspiring!!
    Heather H

  11. Looks great. I did something like this on an antique telephone chair, you can find it under my painted pieces if you want to see it. I called it a subway art chair. Check out my blog for my giveaway.

  12. Your painting is so neat! Wow! I'm impressed. Lovely transformation!

  13. That looks awesome! So cute!

    Come by our link party! We'd love to have you!


  14. That is the strangest chair I've ever seen! The before version, I mean. I'd have never been able to see the "cutie pie" hiding inside. Good job!

    And I really like the hand-painted quality. It looks good but it also looks "real". (did that come out right?)

    found you via Thrifty Decor Chick's linky party. Glad I did!


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