Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Rockin’ Rocking Chair

-When my friend Jennifer saw the magnificent (if I do say so myself) transformation I did on the highchair she gave me, she immediately knew that she had to have a masterpiece like it in her house.  (That’s right, I call it a masterpiece!)

The piece she chose was this rocking chair that her dad had given to her mom when she was pregnant with Jennifer in 1965 (how sweet!).  I am a sucker for furniture with a history so I didn’t hesitate when Jennifer told me what she wanted me to do.  The rocking chair has traveled with her mom and dad to Arizona, Michigan, California, Brazil, and Florida (in Jennifer’s house).
It looks in great shape for being almost 50 years old.  Gotta love well made furniture.

I recently read about a technique using soap to distress furniture.  It gives it that look like the paint is peeling and it has layers from years of painting and repainting.  Luckily, Jennifer was willing to let me use her rocking chair as a guinea pig.  This is how I did it.

First coat I put on was blue.  After the paint dried, I rubbed sections of the chair, where I want that “peeling” look, with soap.  I used Dove soap. 

Then came a coat of green.  I painted right over the soap.

Once that layer dried, I sandpapered the sections with the soap.  It comes right off.  I used 220-grit sandpaper.  

Then I rubbed the soap again, in different sections, to show the new layer of paint (green).  The last coat I used was red.  Again, I painted right over the soap.  I did, however, paint AROUND the section that I had already sanded.

After that dried, I sanded the soapy sections. You can do this over and over.  But I stopped at three coats.

Jennifer suggested I paint the underside of the rocking chair with the last layer of paint.  She pointed out that when she rocked, people could see the underside.  This way when she rocked, the underside would look finished as well.    
I used 80-grit sandpaper to distress the rest of the rocking chair. 

I used carbon paper to trace the letter “J”, that I had printed from the computer, and filled it in with blue paint.

I wanted to incorporate the year that the chair came into Jennifer’s family so I traced “1965” inside the “J” using carbon paper again. 

My intention was to fill the numbers with paint also but we both liked how it looked on it's own, smudges and all.

The “J” was not completely dry when Jennifer left my house, so she distressed it at her home.  She also sprayed it with polyurethane to protect it.  I highly recommend doing so, especially if you are leaving the carbon paper-traced numbers. Looks great, Jen! 

Here are the rockin' results and some close ups of the "peely" paint.

We took an old chair and made it look even older but FABULOUS!!

And on a different note: Jennifer's got Summer Toes too!!!!I

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Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Wow~I've always used wax, but this is great! I always have soap on hand.

The chair looks so good! I have got to try this on something.

COTTAG3 said...

That's great. I've never used soap before. That's a bright fresh chair ready for summer. I'm glad you went ahead and painted the underside.

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