delighted that this project made it onto apartmenttherapy.com !! :)
L’interieur // part 1
Rocking Chair Transformation!!
I recently moved into a little cottage on the Isle of Eels (Fenland, SE England) and have been working hard on designing and creating my ideal (ideal for now) interior, on less-than-a-shoestring-budget.
When I saw this old rocking chair at a house clearance yard, I immediately knew exactly what I was going to do with it.
You can’t really see from the first photo quite how battered it was, but basically the varnish had almost entirely peeled off the arms and was very patchy all over the rest of the chair, with scratches and chips.
I sanded the seat, arms, and back pieces (not going to lie, this took several hours and I took a few layers of skin off my hands in the process!), and after vacuuming the huge billowing clouds of dust I’d created, a small coughing fit, and wiping/air-drying the wood, I painted it with a few coats of the most beautiful glowing neon turquoise acrylic. I bought two little bottles, super cheap, and they’re just a craft acrylic made by DecoArt (colour “turquoise”).
Then after it had dried, I gently sanded down the seat and added another coat for good measure (the first layer had a few too many visible brush-marks for my liking). Luckily for me and my rudimentary painting skills, the effect I wanted to achieve was slightly weathered, sunbleached desert wood, so I wasn’t set on creating a completely smooth, opaque finish.
Finally, I used a gold leaf paint to accent some of the turned wooden features on the legs, and the tops of the rockers. This involved a lot of lying on the floor and contorting into odd positions, but was relatively easy to do!
The chair project is essentially finished, but I will probably sand down the headrest a bit at some point when I have time, as it still has bits of the original dodgy varnish job on it. All in all, pleased and quite proud of myself for not getting neon turquoise acrylic paint all over myself/the walls/other furniture.
The chair is pictured in my new living room, with an old ralli patchwork quilt, antique kilim rug, and otomi table runner in the background (all thrift/market/ebay finds over several years and all under £20 each)
Back to work - paid work, that is :)