Elizabeth from The Semi-Crunchy Mama used All-in-One Decor Paint in the color, Simplicity along with some Natural Wax and Antiquing Dust to complete this DIY rocking chair makeover!

I have to be honest, it hurt a little to paint this beautiful rocking chair. It was in great condition and simply a beautiful chair…from afar. Up close this rocking chair was very beat-up. It needed to be refinished in some way. Sanding and re-staining with the beveled edges would have been too much for me. I came to the conclusion that painting would be the best option.

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I chose to paint this in All-in-One Simplicity, because, well, what’s more simple than a rocking chair? I thought it would look great in a classic white with heavy distressing and maybe a little Antiquing Dust.

The first thing I did was lightly sand, by hand, the entire chair and then washed the chair with mild soap and water. This was the fastest step of the entire project. I learned quickly that even though the chair was all one piece, those nooks and crannies would mean a much longer process.

I applied the first coat of paint with Country Chic Paint’s Oval Brush very conservatively because I didn’t want to have any dripping in hard to reach places, or pooling of paint in any of the crevices. The first coat looked rough. But I knew that as I moved forward, the rocking chair would look better and better.

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The second coat was probably my thickest coat of paint. It covered well, however, once dried, there was still a bit of bleed through.

It took a total of three coats to finally cover the chair to a solid white. Even without distressing, the chair was beautiful. I really wanted it to be heavily distressed though.

With a coarser, 120 grit sandpaper, I distressed all around the chair to make it look really beaten up.

I had two reasons for this:

  1. I thought it would add a lot of charm to the chair
  2. It would hide any imperfections in the paint, due to all the nooks and crannies.

Distressing took much more time than anticipated because of all the nooks and crannies. However, once all the distressing was done, I took a step back (covered in dust by the way), and looked at how truly beautiful the chair was. I cannot tell you how excited I was to get it waxed.

I used Natural Wax to seal the chair. The process took a while as I wanted to make sure every part of the chair was covered. This slow and tedious process really brought out the browns in the distressed portions of the chair. It also gave the chair a slight gloss. The rocking chair was looking prettier than ever!

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I chose to try out the Antiquing Dust in the color, Arbutus. Having never used this product before I was a little hesitant. I followed the directions, using a dry brush to apply the dust to crevices right after waxing. Then, I used a dry brush to remove excess dust. The results were nice.

If I had to do it over again…

I would have used a gray based Antiquing Dust instead of a brown, but it definitely brought charm to the chair and I like how it looks. There’s a bit of a learning curve though. On my next project, I’m confident my application will be even better and the colors will compliment each other more nicely.

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Once the rocking chair was dry, I couldn’t believe how my labor of love turned out. The rocking chair was beautiful before, but now it was simply charming. What a joy to be able to work with Country Chic Paint to create such lovely pieces.

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Elizabeth {The Semi-Crunchy Mama}

Hi I’m Elizabeth, wife and full time mom of 4 littles. My hobbies include thrifting, upcycling furniture, restoring foreclosed homes, gardening and cooking from scratch! I strive to live sustainably in the heart of the suburbs.

My family and I live in Colorado Springs, CO where the weather is bi-polar and I have tons of indoor time to transform secondhand furniture into beautiful pieces. I absolutely love taking the tired, torn and trashed, and, with the stroke of a brush, giving each piece a second chance!

 

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