Rocking Chair Makeover With Unicorn Spit and an Old Dress!
I found this adorable antique rocking chair at a local Auction rooms store which was like an Aladdin's cave of treasures at bargain prices. I fell in love with it especially when I saw the £10 price-tag! and I could see someone had already stripped back its paint to the lovely wood and sanded it so knew my job was just a simple cosmetic revamp!
I wanted to experiment some more with Unicorn spit Gel and stain to bring this vintage piece to life and fit in nicely amongst my garden.
I use artist paint brushes cloths and fingers to apply colour to the wooden frame beginning with the base.
I try and blend the colours and work it creatively on the wooden frame.
I am seeing this project as a fun experiment and still not sure if these colours work ?
I continue to add colours pink, yellow, orange and white and then think to stop and maybe look at it with fresh eyes the next day to decide if I like it.
I decide I would prefer a two toned look of predominantly pink with a little orange and the other colours can show through at little points and so I carry on with pink staining it on to the sides and top.
I continue to work with these two colours.
I love how the other colours shine through a little and really soak deeply in to the wood for a gorgeous shabby chic unique finish.
I am keen to change the plain outdated cushion seat to a more fitting design and colour to match my new chair frame. I choose an old ill fitting dress made of quality linen and just too good to throw away. I choose it because with the African inspired print I think works so so well with the pinky purpley and orange frame!
I place the pieces with cushions to see if its a good fit
I use a staple gun to stretch and secure fabric behind and pull taught to make sure is good and tight across the cushion. I Just keep stapling and neatly fold over the edges at corners for a tidy finished edge.
I repeat this all the way on both back and seat cushions until I’m happy with result.
The finished rocking chair transformation certainly has character and really is a gorgeous piece to relax on upon my garden veranda .
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Susan Goode on Jun 08, 2020
Thanks so much!
artsey! I like the picture where there was still bare wood and you were applying color. Awesome opportunity to customize to individual taste....Did you apply a sealer or clear coat it? Your yard is so green...It looks like you live in a climate where you get rain.
I love the uniqueness of this project I do my own thing also when I do a makeover, BUT did I understand you are leaving this outside? I would not do that myself due to weather and in London you will have dampness regularly. I would just take it out when I wanted to sit out there and maybe that is what you are planning to do anyway. I love the rescue!