I scored at an estate sale a while back, picking up one painted rocking chair, another chair with a matching couch, two end tables and a coffee table for only $100 and, as you might imagine, I had big plans for all of it! You can read my post about when I picked them up here. I already completed the two end tables awhile back and I’m very happy to report that we still love them in our living room! Two end tables get a sweet country makeover. This last weekend I spent the ENTIRE day Saturday working on the painted rocking chair and the matching chair and couch and the coffee table.
I had set out Saturday to get the painted rocking chair finished but as soon as I set foot in my garage, dressed in my work clothes and all ready to go, my heart sank and I called myself several four letter words. The rocking chair needed some wood putty fixes and fills in a couple of places and wood putty takes a VERY long time to dry. Dangnabit! Well, I wouldn’t be getting that painted rocking chair done that Saturday now would I!?
Fortunately, like any good DIYer, there were other projects I could work on (isn’t there always?) So I got to work on the matching couch, chair and coffee table. Six hours later and they had two coats of primer, three coats of paint and I was ready to NEVER see my garage or a paint brush again. Someday I’m going to buy myself a paint sprayer and wonder forever why I hadn’t bought it SO MUCH sooner!
But I digress, I don’t own a paint sprayer, I own hands and paint brushes. With the promise to spend all day Sunday with my hubby I may have gotten a lot done but NONE of it was finished and one project I wanted to get done last weekend had nothing but a little wood putty on it! So, I took yesterday (Monday) off and tackled this old rocking chair 🙂
I hate to admit that a lot of my paint choices are based on what I have on hand. (Paint is expensive!) I happened to have an almost-full can of black Rustoleum flat paint left over from painting our interior doors so I grabbed it for this painted rocking chair. The chair itself was sturdy and in really good shape but it needed a makeover BADLY. I sanded the entire chair down and got to painting.
The thing is about oil based paints like Rustoleum they take a LONG time to dry. So, between coats on this painted rocking chair I touched up the entire matching chair, couch and coffee table set then put two coats of exterior sealant on it. Now, all I need to do is buy cushions and I’ll be able to call it done and show you guys our new outdoor furniture set!!
I put a coat of exterior poly on this chair after putting on three coats of the black Rustoleum paint on it. I wanted it to be indoor/outdoor. I was nervous going into this actually. This is my very first project bought entirely on the plan to give it a makeover and sell it! I’m excited and I’m nervous, I keep thinking, “What if it doesn’t sell?!” But, like everything, we shall see how it goes 🙂
I think it turned out really stunning and I think it would work in just about any home or porch whether for a nursery or just a place to rock with a morning cup of coffee or tea. This is truly the first step I’m taking toward my dream of refinishing furniture for a living, it is a very long term goal, but it is exciting for me to take the first step even if it is only a little one!
If you saw my Inspiration Board on Stunning Rocking Chairs then you know how much I drooled over a couple of them painted in black! I’m almost torn to sell this painted rocking chair, it sure turned out puuurrrty 🙂
Thanks, as always guys, for coming by!!