Rocking Chair Makeover with FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk

May 16, 2014Allison Murray
An estate sale find that looks destined for the city dump becomes fantastic with FolkArt home Décor Chalk in this fab rocking chair makeover!

This sponsored post and rocking chair makeover is brought to you by Blueprint Social and the lovely people at Plaid who sent me some FolkArt® Home Decor™ ChalkAn estate sale find that looks destined for the city dump becomes fantastic with FolkArt home Décor Chalk in this fab rocking chair makeover! Wowee! Look at that gorgeous rocker up there! But guess what, it wasn’t always that way! Let’s go back in time to when it wasn’t so fab… 020-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger My sister and I dragged my father to a thrift store which turned into an estate sale which left my father’s wallet all but empty as my sister and I hadn’t really planned on getting much of anything. But I saw this rocker and I wanted it. Big time. My sister went to ask how much it was and they wanted an appalling $20. I mean, this thing looks GREAT in the pictue compared to how it looks in real life. But dude took a tenner (again, of my father’s) and that was that.

So the boys come home from school one day and this thing is on the porch. They walk in and say “Auntie A why is there a hole in your chair?” Note, they didn’t say – “hey, whose chair with the hole in it?” They KNEW that thing was mine. And maybe I said something, or maybe it was my father, but it was probably me because I’m like my father who told the boys this… The chair has a hole in it because it’s a “potty rocker”.

Okay, it was me! I said it all like, you know, a potty rocker, like this is a normal thing like saying you know, a vacuum cleaner. The oldest was appeased but the youngest wanted to understand how it worked. And so I illustrated just how such a thing would work and he informed me that he’s glad we have toilets now because that looks awfully messy. Messy, indeed. So today I’m making over my potty rocker and I’d love if you’d join me! 019-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger Look at that sucker. It’s in a bad, bad way. But for some reason I just LOVE it! And I know JUST how to get it in tip top shape, too! The lovely people at Plaid sent me some lovely mustard colored FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk and wax and it’s going on this thing stat! 017-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger I have long loved the style of chalk finish but I’ve never actually tried it myself. Isn’t that crazy? I have a craft blog and I have never, ever experimented with this wildly popular style? So I actually had to read the directions and first on the agenda to fix up this baby was to give it a good clean. Now you may remember just how old this rocker looked but as I took some soapy water to it I started to realize three things.

1. It was CAKED in dirt and not in nearly as bad a shape as I had originally thought. 2. The cats went nuts for it as I was cleaning it… it was like it was a whole new chair! 3. The rocker was apparently not only caked in dirt but also cat pee. This actually had to be pointed out to me as I apparently had gotten used to the smell as it gradually became stronger and stronger. Ew. 013-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger After getting rid of the smell with a whole heck of a lot of washing and airing out it was time to patch this baby up. I smacked it together in places that it was coming loose and used some of these things in the pic I found in the garage. They look like a cross between a nail and a staple, so…. just ask for those if you go to the hardware store :) 018-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger I then filled some of the worst areas with wood putty and gave it a really good sand down to make it smooth once dry.


folkart-home-decor-chalk-paintAnd now I had to decide on the hardest part of the project… Which color of FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk would I paint up my vintage find with? Vintage Mustard, of course!

016-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebiggerAnd though after all of my patching efforts it was getting late and dark, I was just too antsy and had to get my first coat of FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk on super quick! The first thing I noticed, though it will probably lower your opinion on my IQ score is that as it dried I was really surprised that it was actually dry and chalk-like! Crazy, I know, but I hadn’t worked with it before and I’ve used plenty of things that don’t quite match up to their names. 015-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger And I woke up bright and early and got after it all over again. The left side is two coats and the right side is one. Now, to be honest, I kind of worried about the whole thing because the first coat covered didn’t cover as well as I would have thought… but look at my second coat was the only coat I needed. Shazam! 014-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger The two coats of paint dried for a full 24 hours and then I got after it with a the FolkArt® Home Decor™ Wax. It’s really simple… you just brush it on and when it dries you buff it to a nice shine! 010-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebiggerJust to be safe, in case I dripped any paint into the holes I took a wooden skewer and “drilled” out anything that would get in the way of my parachute cord. And since it was an old chair it wound up that there was a bunch of junk in there anyway! 012-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger I wanted my seat to be something modern and fun so I purchased some parachute cord in a fun black and white diamond pattern. First I knotted the end really well and hit it with the fire from a lighter to melt it together into a knot that is going absolutely nowhere! 011-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger I pulled the cord through (it was about 25 feet) and pulled up to the knot tightly. 009-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebiggerNext I laced the cord across holding it nice and tight between each row. To be honest it went so much slower than I thought it would. Like crazy slow… 008-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger To finish I ran the cord through another piece…007-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger to knotted it up and then hit it with the flame from the lighter to seal it up. Be really careful NOT to burn your chair! 006-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger After going all the way across, I then started going the other direction. And I wanted a pattern of three and three, sort of like a checkerboard effect. Which is when I realized that there were more holes in the front end than the back. Um, what? And though I didn’t show it, I wound up drilling two more holes in the back so that I could work it. To be honest I have absolutely no clue how else I could have possibly gone about it! 005-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger Oh, wow. I love it! That seat goes perfectly with that FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk mustard color doesn’t it? 002-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebigger And sitting on my front porch in front of my red brick it just pops! In two days it got a compliment by the UPS guy, the FedEx guy and the mail lady and all of them made me very happy :) And I seriously LOVE the combination of the FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk finish with the mod and fun checkerboard pattern out of para cord! 003-chalk-paint-rocker-makeover-dreamalittlebiggerSo let’s close up with my very first experience with furniture and a chalk finish… I LOVE it! I’m not sure how or why but it’s super smooth and easy to apply. All it took was two coats and I was in business plus there was no priming and minimal sanding (but only because of the poor state of my chair), all together that saved me some uber serious time. The paint has an acrylic base which I think will probably wind up being great for durability! Last of all it comes in 16 fun and totally relevant colors and you can Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores!

Now, check out a fun Pinterest contest running on Plaid’s Facebook page from 5/14/14 – 6/3/14. Simply pin what inspires you to restore your own potty rocker (or other décor item :) to win $250 PLUS the complete collection of FolkArt® Home Decor™ Chalk  worth $150! And while I have you be sure to check out all of Plaid’s goodness online on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, The Plaid Palette blog and sign up for the Plaid newsletter.
And check out more great projects from this campaign!


This post was brought to you by Blueprint Social and Plaid and it’s been such a pleasure! As always, all opinions and tales of pee covered potty rockers are all 100% my own!

Comments (6)

  • Ola

    September 29, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Hi Allison, please can you tell me if the clear wax whitened your vintage mustard. I used a brush to try to thinly apply the clear wax on a bed frame I painted with Cascade chalk paint and it scarily changed the colour to the wax colour (creamy)?and it left brush strokes. I just don’t get it, please any ideas? Did you use the foam brush to apply the wax? Thank you

    1. Allison Murray

      October 1, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      I don’t remember noticing a lightening, but the change in finish changed the way light reflected making it look a bit different I guess. To be honest I’ve strayed away from the wax, instead using a wipe on poly. I LOVE it and it’s so much easier than fussing with messy wax!

      1. Coley

        October 5, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        What wipe on poly do you use? Does it require as much buffing as the wax?

        1. Allison Murray

          October 6, 2014 at 6:04 PM

          I like Watco Poly. I get mine at Amazon here –>

          And the awesome thing is it requires NO BUFFING! You wipe it on and let it dry and you’re done!

      2. Ola

        October 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

        Thank you so much for replying Allison and also for the wipe on poly tip. As if you know I don’t need such complications as buffing wax in my life :-)

        1. Allison Murray

          October 6, 2014 at 9:25 PM

          I don’t blame you. That’s totally why I started looking for an alternative. Ain’t nobody got time for that :)

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