A Rustic Rocking Chair Makeover For A Child

Have you had those moments when your head is saying one thing but your gut is screaming another? If you ignored your gut, you probably quickly learned like I did that you should've listened. That's the story behind the children's rustic rocking chair makeover that I'm sharing today.



My head said to paint it a clean solid pastel color with a cute stenciled butterfly, and that's the direction I was heading.



Until this happened...



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

Painted Rocking Chair With Farmhouse Style

Mint is a very popular color these days for a gender-neutral nursery. So I started the makeover with one coat of a Pistachio Mint chalk-style paint color leftover from the Mid-Century Modern Dining Hutch makeover for a client.



But before painting the second coat I was really liking the rustic charm of the dark wood peeking through the paint.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

But did I listen? My gut was screaming to stop there but I'm a stubborn old mule and had a plan. Besides, I already had that adorable butterfly stencil waiting on the workbench.



So I added the second coat of mint paint and called it a day.



But all evening and into my dreams I kept envisioning a farmhouse-style rocking chair with a time-worn distressed finish. I know those of you who upcycle furniture know all too well how these pieces can infiltrate our dreams.



Anyway, the next morning with sandpaper in hand, I listened to my gut and set out to distress the paint. No surprise, the paint wasn't coming off easily.



Pro-Tip

Another way to distress stubborn fresh paint that has completely dried is the wet distress method. Grab a pail of warm water and an old rag and rub the areas where you want to remove the paint.



And I liked it...I liked it a lot!



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

The takeaway - I could have saved myself a lot of work had I listened to my gut in the first place. The best thing you can do when painting furniture is to tell your head to take a break and let your intuition guide you. It is ALWAYS right!



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

Before I go further, let's backtrack a little so you can see what the vintage rocking chair looked like before the makeover.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

And here it is after the makeover painted green.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

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Painted Rocking Chair Makeover Steps

This is how the chair looked after the wet distressing to remove some of the mint paint where it would naturally wear over time.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

Next, I started to apply white wax when again, my gut said to go with dark wax. This time I listened and grabbed a jar of Daddy Van's Van Dyke Brown dark wax that I had on hand.



In the photo below you can see the difference between no wax on the right and dark wax on the left.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

Apply the wax with a wax brush, making sure it nestles into the nooks and crannies, and then wipe the excess with a lint-free rag. It deepens the paint color and gives the paint a lovely aged patina, much more suitable for this vintage piece.



A rustic rocking chair makeover with farmhouse style for a child. It's a quick and easy upcycle for a solid wood vintage toddler rocker painted green.

What do you think? I know chippy furniture isn't for everyone.



I'd love to hear your stories of what happened when you haven't listened to your gut when working on a project.



Here's an adult-size Whimsical Rocking Chair Makeover idea for a nursery. For more farmhouse inspiration take a look at our Farmhouse Furniture And Decor Ideas page.



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  1. I love the re love of this sweet little chair. The color is super cute too. Great re love Marie. You are the furniture whisper. xoxo

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    1. Thank you Kris, my two year old granddaughter loves this chair and whenever she comes over she'll rock and sing-rock-a-bye baby. It's so cute, I should get it on video.

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