Vintage Rocker Makeover…

And we aren’t talking about Mick Jagger :)

This beautiful rocking chair belongs to a client. She wanted the chair to look a bit more modern and to use in her new baby girls nursery. She wanted the chair to be solid white – no distressing. We were up for the challenge and got to work!

The chairs original finish was a bit orange/yellow. We presumed this was from the shellac coating that was added many years ago.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. We love the slats and detail of the chair…

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. Because of the shellac finish, we needed to prime and seal the finish. If not – the shellac could bleed through our new finish. We sprayed on two coats of our favorite primer – Zinsser Gold. This is a wonderful bonding agent that locks in old finishes, stains, odors and paints.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. After the primer was completely dry, we lightly sanded all surfaces.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. …and wiped down the chair completely – making sure all of the dust was removed.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. We then added two coats of chalk paint. Even though we weren’t distressing this piece of furniture, we felt that it was a great finish for a vintage piece. It will wear naturally over time, which our client was happy with.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. When the paint was completely dry, we added two coats of clear paste wax for a smooth finish.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. Right about here is when I had dark thoughts of keeping this rocker :) Doesn’t it look great on my deck?

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact.

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. Thankfully, I came to my senses :) I packed the chair up and delivered it to our client. She was very happy with her “new” chair and has more furniture for us to makeover for she and her family!

A vintage rocker gets a makeover. By adding chalk paint and clear wax it modernized the chair, but get the integrity of the age of the rocker intact. ¬†What do you think of the new finish? I have a couple of rockers in my basement. I think I’m going to paint one of them with this exact same finish :)