{GUEST BLOG} Soft Skies

by Adrienne Weidman August 23, 2017 3 min read

{GUEST BLOG} Soft Skies

This month has been pretty crazy! I have not done a big project in a little while, so I thought I would do something a little out of the normal. I wanted a project that is different and that you don't see to often.
   

When I went our local antique store, they had an area filled with tons of chairs...I mean tons..pretty much any antique chair your heart desires you can find there. I was in search of something very particular.  I wanted to find rocking chair, but not only just a rocking chair a KIDS rocking chair. I didn't think I would find one that fit what I was looking for, until I came across this beauty....



This adorable rocking chair was in BAD shape. It was missing a rod, had a lot of scratches and small wood dents, wooden chunks missing, and the cute antique stenciling was almost worn off at the top. I decided this was the chair. I fell in love with it. I loved the stenciling. It has a small boy and girl in it and I have a small son and daughter, so it was only fitting that I chose this chair to work on this month. I also chose the best possible chalk paint color for this chair. Keep reading to se the finished product...
The first thing I did to this rocking chair was immediately replace the rod. I had three laying around my house, and luckily one was the size I needed.  You can easily buy wooden rods at a Lowe's or Home Depot. Once I had the rod, I cut it with a saw to the right size. I then put it in place and used a sturdy wood glue to hold the rod fast. **This can be a little time consuming, as it might take a little while to get the rod to the right size and get it to fit perfectly.
I  used wood clay to fill in any holes in the wood.  This worked perfectly to fill in the small dents and larger holes in the wood. I then used a piece of sand paper to sand down the rocking chair to smooth all the rough edges. 
After I sanded the rocking chair, I was ready to start the painting process. Painting this chair, however wasn't easy. Because the stenciling was very dull, painting over it with a light coat of chalk paint then re-painting on the stenciling wasn't an option. With a thin paint brush and swiss vanilla chalk paint I carefully went over the stenciling. This made it stand out more, so when I would paint over it with a light coat of chalk paint I could easily see the fine details. 
 
  In the top picture of the stenciling, I just finished going over it with Swiss Vanilla. The bottom picture shows me going over the stenciling with Soft Skies (The color I am using for this project).

I painted over the stenciling carefully and lightly with a thin layer of chalk paint. After the chalk paint dried, I could see the details of the stenciling and the parts I couldn't see I lightly sanded down the chalk paint. I then again went over the stenciling with Swiss Vanilla. After that coat was dry, I took Soft Skies(the paint color I chose for this month) and went around the stenciling and ver areas that needed more chalk paint.
 After this tedious step was done, I started painting the rocking chair! I painted one coat and waited for about an hour then re-applied anther coat. I didn't wan't to surpass 3 coats for this project. I think if you have plans to distress any wooden furniture piece, putting 3+ coats on is a waste. I have found that 2 coats is plenty and distresses so wonderfully. I only lightly distressed this rocking chair, because I didn't want the distressing of the wood to take away from the stenciling and the pop of color. 
After the distressing step was complete, I went over the entire rocking chair with brown furniture wax, not only to protect the paint but the wood as well. This is what the completed rocking chair looks like...
Hope you all enjoyed this blog post and enjoy the rest of August and the remaining days of summer! I can't wait for next month's project and paint color reveal. 
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Adrienne Weidman
Adrienne Weidman



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