You can update the look of your kids rocking chair without spending too much. You might even have the materials lying around in your home. An old or unfinished rocking chair is cheap. You can find one in garage sales or flea markets. You just need to decide what theme or style you want to come up with. Be creative and imaginative when it comes to choosing the design. Here are the instructions on how to create an heirloom piece that your child will treasure even when he or she gets old.
Gather your materials in your work area so you don’t waste time going around looking for them while you work:
- Old or unfinished rocking chair
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Paint primer
- Paint brushes
- Latex paint
- Enamel paint
- Paint sponges
Create a smooth finish on your old or unfinished kids rocking chair by sanding it with a 100-grit sandpaper. Go in the direction of the grain. Wipe it clean after sanding. Spread on the acrylic paint primer using your paint brush. Make sure that your brushstrokes are even. Cover the whole chair completely. Leave it to dry for 6-12 hours. Once the primer is all dry, you need to sand it again. This time you have to make sure that the pressure is light as you are only smoothing out the few rough parts of the painted surface. Dust off before doing the next step. When this is done, you can apply your paint to the chair using the same even and smooth brushstrokes to come up with a polished look. Leave the chair untouched overnight to make sure that it dries up without any blemishes. You can decorate once it finally dries up. Using enamel paints, you can create designs with your hand or use a stencil to create professional-looking works of art.
If you want to finish the kids rocking chair in a jiffy, you can use a spray paint instead of latex paint. Remember to do this project in a room without open flames. Rocking chairs are a great addition to kids rooms as they look very inviting. They can sit on it when reading their favorite book. You can also place it in your outdoor living area where kids can play or just hang out with the whole family or their friends. Just remember that if you are placing the chair outside, you need to use an outdoor wood primer and paint to make it more water and sun resistant.