Last summer my mother-in-law bought a cute little rocker at a yard sale for her newest great granddaughter. Now it wasn't bad to start with, but it had that '60s French provincial thing going on, so I thought maybe we could bling it up a bit.
My mother-in-law's favorite color is purple, so off to the paint store we went. She picked out a pretty light lilac for the main color, and a dark lilac and spring green for the details. I just did a light sanding to remove some of the old varnish and then painted the base color. Let me say one thing, I HATE spindles! At first I tried to brush the paint on - it dripped. Then I used a foam brush - it dripped, but less. So I sanded off the drips and carefully put on a second coat. Then came the fun part. I knew I wanted to detail the bottom front spindles with the dark lilac, that was easier said then done. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to make a clean line on a convex edge? I tried to tape it, but it wouldn't lay flat enough, so I free handed it. That involved a few cuss words and multiple touch ups.
For the top I printed out Amarrei's name, transferred it to the chair with carbon paper, and carefully painted over it. The butterflies are just some stencils that I outlined in a green pencil and then filled in with the dark purple, spring green, and a light baby pink. A couple of coats of wipe on polyurethane to help protect it and it is ready for hours of rocking. I hope she likes it.
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