Kid’s Rocking Chair Makeover

Custom painted children rocking chairs are the perfect gift for anyone expecting a child, a child’s birthday, Christmas, and so on! They are great because they are personalized and can be used for years.

I have personalized 7 children’s rocking chairs and I love every single one that I have done. Take a look at my previous personalized rocking chairs:

I just recently finished a rocking chair and I wanted to show you the process I go through to get these pieces perfect.

Step 1: Get a rocking chair

You can buy these rocking chairs at thrift stores or off of secondhand online marketplaces.
This is the chair that I picked up.

Step 2: Sand the chair down

This rocking chair needed to be sanded down to remove the previous finish and those painted on sports gear and name.

Step 3: Prime the chair (doesn’t always have to be done)

Around 95% of the projects I do I have to prime the piece before painting. However, in this case, I was lucky and I did not have to prime. The wood had a natural color to it so I knew my paint would cover it without primer. Some furniture pieces that have a darker wood need to be primed in order for the paint to appear.

Step 4: Figure out what color goes where on the chair

I used four colors: navy blue, light blue, yellow, and light green for this chair. Before picking up a paintbrush I used a pencil and marked NB (navy blue) LB (light blue) G (green) and Y (yellow) on different parts on the chair so I knew what color those sections needed to be.

Step 5 and 6: Tape off other parts of the chair using painters tape then start painting

As you see in the picture above, I started off by painting the base of the chair, the armrests, the top, and the rockers. Once those parts were painted I used painters tape to protect it while I moved on to paint the spindles.

Step 7: Draw or trace on the base of the chair 

After the entire chair is painted it is time to draw or trace on any design that you would like on the base of the chair. I went with the character Tow Mater as you can faintly see below.

Step 8: Paint the base of the chair

Home stretch! It is time to paint the design that was drawn or traced on the base of the chair. I had to mix a lot of different paints to get the color I wanted so I made sure to paint it all in one night so I didn’t have to deal with remixing paint trying to match the color the next day.

Step 9: Use polycrylic to protect the chair

Now that the entire rocking chair was complete, I used a waterbased polycrylic to protect the paint from scratches and any spills that may happen.

Check out the finished product. Let me know what you think! (I am biased because I love Mater).

This chair was gifted and the new owner loves it and can’t wait to give it to her little boy.

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Woodworking Project: Coffee Bar Mini-Fridge Cabinet

One day I got a message from my softball coach from college telling me that she was looking for a piece of furniture for her office. I quickly gave her a call to learn more and by the end of the phone call, I was so excited! She said that she wanted a custom coffee station that incorporated her mini fridge. Since there is no official kind of furniture like this I knew it was going to be custom-built. I’m calling it a ‘coffee bar mini-fridge cabinet’…at least I am for now.

The first step was to get the measurements of her mini-fridge cabinet. It turned out to be 17 inches wide, 26 inches tall, and 20 inches deep. I had a vision of this rustic looking piece where her mini-fridge fit perfectly into and it also included a spot where she can display her coffee mugs.

I quickly sketched something out and sent it her way to see if she liked the concept.

She said, “Why am I in love with this right now?” Nothing is better than hearing your customer liking (or loving) your vision.
I took a trip to Home Depot to buy the wood that I was going to need. I also purchased a solid wood door from a seller because I planned on using that as the back part of this coffee bar mini-fridge cabinet.

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6 Reasons to Refinish Your Furniture

Natalie and I started flipping furniture a few years ago because we had a passion for turning something that was no longer wanted into something that looked beautiful again.

I have to admit, when we first started we did not know all that much. Flipping is a very big learning process. Most of the time you have to learn the hard way. There was a lot of trial and error but we learned what needs to be sanded, what type of paint would look best, how to properly stain pieces, and most importantly PATIENCE! All good things take time and I know that we both tried to rush a project and trust me it didn’t turn out well. My mom always used to say when we were younger, “do it the right way the first time or you’re going to end up doing twice the work.” Who knew that this advice would apply to, well, EVERYTHING in life?! …Thank you mom, I think I learned my lesson.

I wanted to take some time to explain to you why you should always consider buying furniture from a Furniture Flipper like Nat and me.

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No More Sunken Boat

I have been dying to show you all this project that I completed recently because it is honestly one of my favorites (but yet again, I say that to a lot of my projects).

I visited my friend in Westchester, PA and was driving around the town for a little bit. That town was so adorable and it had some amazing eateries and stores. During my drive, I came across a little boat shelf sitting on the side of the road. Naturally, I pulled over because I was intrigued to see what was wrong with the little shelf that it was put out for trash. As I picked it up, check it upside down, inside out, I found absolutely nothing wrong with it. It was not only in perfect condition but it was ADORABLE, all it needed was a little love.

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