It was a beautiful oak rocker but very outdated. So, I thought hmmmmmm, what could I do with it. I mean for 20 dollars, you just can't beat that! So, here is what I came up with. Check it out! Here is my finished project! Boy, do I love exclamation marks!
I primed the rocker, then painted it white with ceiling paint. It is what I had left over in my garage. I actually found that it covers brilliantly since ceiling paint is made to cover stains on ceilings. It worked fab!
Then after painting it white, I decided to age this rocker and make it look rather farmish! I took the sand paper to it and sanded a ton of areas to make it look used and abused. I have to tell you, I wonder if there is a better way. My fingers sure are sore and bruised! I must add that I could not have finished this if both my sons, Trey and Graham hadn't helped me. They did a spectacular job painting, sanding and brushing on the polyurethane.
Here is a smart picture of the rocker with its sand paper markings. I wasn't quite happy with just the sanded white rocker so I took the advice of a friend who said I might take a tea bag to it. I just added some hot water to a tea bag and as the tea bag released the dark stain, I sponged it on. I had to work quickly so that it would be even. It turned it from a white to a beautiful off white color. Then when that was dry, I brushed on the polyurethane to give it a little glossy feel, just for comfort. I had ordered the fabric from premier prints which will match my baby bedding. It is a Robin's Egg blue and brown print, superb!!!!
My son, Trey, and I used a screw driver to pull out the old staples. I then used the pattern from the old upholstered material to create a new pattern just by laying it on top and cutting around it. I pulled out my handy dandy stapler and went to work. Take a look at the bottom of the seat. Instead of adding a skirt on the bottom, which I thought it would make it too feminine, I added a piping around the bottom to give it a more finished look. I also added a brown large button. The smallest touches add just the perfect solution to making it look