Summer Pinterest Challenge: My Rocking Chair

Summer Pinterest Challenge: My Rocking Chair

Did you check out the Summer Pinterest Challenge?

Today is the reveal of our Pinterest inspired project! I have been pondering repainting my oak rocking chair for some time now, but just never settled on the colour.

This is my Pinterest inspiration…  (here)

I really liked the idea of perking my old rocker up with a fun, fresh colour… turquoise came to mind.

But then I saw this rocker in black (here).

And I loved how elegant the black looked. Of course with a vintage rocker like this one, how could it not?

Here’s my rocking chair.

In the garage just waiting for me to get started.

As you can see, it’s very Colonial – not really my style, so that’s why I decided to go with black. I thought the black would downplay the Colonial features, and give it a hit of sophistication. This is a sentimental piece as it was given to me by my Uncle for a house warming gift, and that’s why I’m changing it up with a fresh look instead of moving it on.

Step 1 – Sanding (after a quick wipe-down to make sure it’s clean)

Here’s the top half of the chair sanded out.

I’m committed now!

Step 2 – Priming

I thought about brushing the primer on, but with all the spindles and grooves, decided a spray primer would be better. So I went with a Zinsser primer. Did I mention that flip-flops are a bad idea when you’re using spray paint?

Very albino. Is it covered evenly enough? I tried, but definitely made some sanding work for myself… note the chair back!

Step 3 – 1st Black Coat (after the primer is dry and a light sanding has been done… okay, maybe a heavier sanding in some spots 😉 )

I started on this side first. Can you see the white peeking through on the underside and inside areas?

Again I used a stock spray paint. This time it was Rust-Oleum’s Painters Touch in Gloss Black. I was going to get a paint colour mixed so I could get exactly the black I wanted, but I don’t have a paint sprayer. And have you guessed, this whole process is a bit of an adventure for me. I’m learning as I go. In fact, if it wasn’t for Jenny’s article from Little Green Notebook on how to reupholster a chair, I might never have gotten the nerve to at least paint one!

On the note of colour, I want to thank my buddies from Maria Killam’s True Colour Expert group who gave me suggestions for a black to use. I have another project up my sleeve, so maybe on the next one 😉

Step 4 – Light Sanding and 2nd Black Coat


Step 5 – Let It Dry (meaning, Don’t Touch!)

So after I left the rocker to dry overnight, I decided it needed a gloss coat as the finishing touch. Um, not such a good idea. I didn’t do any sanding, and probably should have left well enough alone. In the spots I put the gloss, the paint started to bubble and crack. Arrrggg. After it dried I got out the sandpaper and sanded over these spots. And then proceeded to repaint them 😐 Luckily I only did some of the back, so you can’t really tell where it went wrong. Whew.

Here’s another look at the rocking chair before all the painting began.

And here’s how it turned out when the painting was finished.

I’m happy with the way it turned out, and like the black so much better. You can still see the Colonial lines, but at least the detail is toned down now.

And it was a lot of fun to  join in the Summer Pinterest Challenge. It motivated me to get at this project, and kept me going so I was finished on time… even when the paint cracked on me!

Thank you so much…

for making it happen… I can’t wait to see your projects!

So, what tips would you give me if I was to do this again? Mine would be to wear runners! You should’ve seen my feet when I was done 🙂

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11 thoughts on “Summer Pinterest Challenge: My Rocking Chair”

  • Sheila, it looks GREAT! Love the black..good choice. I also can’t help but wanted comment on the flip flops. I did that once when spray painting and had painted feet for weeks!

  • what a change for the better! i have a pair of old tennis shoes i wear when i’m painting. in fact, i have a whole paint ensemble – it’s terribly ugly, but you don’t want to mess up a cute outfit! drives me crazy when the designers dress up on HGTV, then proceed to paint and move furniture.

  • I love the black! you did a great job! I learned too not to wear flip flops when spraying – and found a fantastic tool at the home depot – a spray nozzle which attaches to the top of the can – so much easier to spray (easier on the finger) What do you think? i have an old rocking chair from my grandma – and that is old! is is sacrilegious to think about spraying it???

    • Hi Bev!
      Thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment, and for the tip on the spray nozzle – I will be checking that out! My thoughts on altering inherited/handed down pieces are maybe sacrilegious, but I believe you should make the changes you want so the piece works for you. So my answer to spraying out your rocker would be ‘go for it’! For me it’s about the story behind the piece, and the fact that the rocker was your grandmother’s will never change. That’s part of the story that will be carried forward no matter what. If you spray the rocker out, then you’ll be adding your own chapter to the rocker’s history, and that’s what I think is important in the end.
      I’d love to see before and after pics!
      Good luck 🙂

  • Excellent job Sheila! Love the contrast of the black against the adorable round floral rug. A job well done!

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