Friday, July 6, 2012

Kid Size Rocking Chair Makeover

How to refinish a kid size rocking chair.

rocking chair redo

A neighbor friend had this little brown solid wood rocking chair she wanted to freshen up:

kid size rocking chair before and after

After a couple coats of heirloom white and some distressing:

rocking chair makeover distressed edges

This kid size rocking chair is fresh and ready for her little girl:

painted kids rocking chair

distressed kids rocking chair

Here's how I painted the rocking chair:

1. Sand entire chair removing poly and loose bits.

2. Prime, start with the chair upside down then flip right side up:

spray primer on rocking chair

3. Paint two coats heirloom white satin spray:

heirloom white spray paint on rocking chair

4. Sand to distress:

sand to distress edges

5. Stain with Minwax early american:

stain early american

6. Seal with Minwax wipe on poly clear satin:
(Apply additional coats on seat, arms and back top piece to protect paint.)

seal clear wipe on poly

Ready for use:

kids rocking chair makeover


  1. Very fine work! I like your subtle warm distressing. I just did a rocker recently...painting all those spindles takes forever!

  2. so sweet! i am such a sucker for kids chairs- adorable!