4/11/2016 Update! Baby rocker to Big Boy Rocker
Chalk Painted Fabric Rocking Chair
So my grand baby boy is now a toddler and he is obsessed with trains. Specifically Thomas the Train. It was time to redo his room and to kick the renovation off, I started by repainting his fabric/tapestry rocking chair. (See the original, nursery rocker how to below)
One of his favorite Thomas the Train engines is HIRO, so he was my inspiration!
Step 1 Clean
Step 2 Choose your paint color and mix. I choose Licorice (black). I find for most fabrics a 50/50 water/Chalk-Acrylic paint mixture works best. You can test on a pillow or fabric swatch from a thrift store with the same type of fabric to get a better idea what the final result will be for your fabric.
Step 3 I painted two coats of my Licorice mixture onto the fabric. Make sure to cover every thread and lightly sand after each coat has dried with fine grit sandpaper to ensure a smooth finish.
Step 4 I painted all of the wood parts with Betsy Ross Red.
Step 5 To make it look like HIRO I added a gold stripe, number 51 and the name HIRO using Vibrant Gold Shimmer Glaze.
Step 6 Finally I protected the entire piece with Shabby Sheer VAX using a VAX applicator sponge. It has a very soft aged leather feel. He loves it!!
Original Nursery Chair Makeover
Easy Rocking chair makeover. Use Shabby Chalk-Acrylic Paint to update outdated fabric for a fresh new look. Strong but flexible!
Sorry this will be Short and Sweet guys.
Sprayed the fabric with a fine mist of water. (keeping the fabric slightly damp will help it stay softer than it would if you painted over it dry, just a mist or it will delay dry time!)
Painted with 1/2 water 1/2 peacock chalk-acrylic paint mixture. Only needed two coats…there is no reason to mist for the second coat because the first coat of Shabby Paints has already completely covered the fabric.
Sanded after the first and second coat lightly with a fine grit sandpaper to make it nice and smooth.
I used Shabby Shimmer in Pearl White for the stencil, stripe and as a glaze on the wood. That’s it Easy Peasy!!!
Sooo comfortable! Not sure if this will be for Grandma’s nursery or moms 🙂