I am continuing to work on my front porch.
I still have the rocking chair that went in our first nursery for Daisy. We bought it at the Pottery Barn Outlet. It was a beautiful pale shade of blue with a whitewash finish over that. I covered the cushions with an old quilt. It was a beautiful chair in a beautiful nursery.
With the birth of our next child, Anna Belle, we decided that we wanted a more comfortable rocker. (I actually did not let David sit in a glider when we first started looking for rocking chairs for Daisy. I could not stand the way they looked, and I wanted pretty. I knew that he would be the practical one and want the comfort. With the second child, I was all about comfort and less about look! Reality had set in!!!) So, we got a glider. Not near as pretty, but much more comfortable!
Not being one to get rid of furniture, I painted it black and put it in our family room.
Now, it is time for it to make its way to the front porch. Oh, how I wish that it was still the lovely pale blue!
Since it was not, I got out my paint and this is what I came up with.
Here is where I started.
When I had originally painted it, I used spray paint. Spray paint is an enamel paint. I was not thinking about that little fact when I painted the whole chair with a latex paint. (If you paint latex over enamel, the paint literally wipes right off.)
So, I ended up with this.
Oops! I wiped off all of the latex paint and went to the spray paint. I actually had to buy this paint. I am finally out of all of my white spray paints. I bought a primer and paint.
I sprayed the chair down. I did not worry about completely covering the parts that would be covered with the cushions.
Then, I used an enamel paint that I already had and dry brushed some of it on. You cannot tell from the pictures, but it gave it an “aged” look. I used a super cheap brush so that I could throw it away when I was done. I did not want to have to bring out the mineral spirits to clean my good brush!
With the rocker painted, it was time to recover the cushions.
I found a great outdoor fabric on the clearance rack at Hancock Fabrics.
I wanted to be able to easily wash these cushions, so I made a slipcover for the cushions. I started by wrapping the fabric around the cushion and cutting it about 1 inch wider down the sides. I had one long strip of fabric.
I ironed and hemmed the edges.
I wrapped the piece of fabric around the cushion and pinned it.
I slide the cushion out and finished pinning the right sides together straight across.
I pressed the seam open.
I cut 12 pieces of ribbon and burned the sides to keep them from fraying.
I evenly spaced the ribbon and pinned it to the inside of the fabric. I made sure that the ribbons matched up on each side. Then I sewed them down.
I slipped the cushion into the middle and tied the ribbons closed.
I did the same thing with the bottom cushion.
Here is the rocking chair in its new home on our front porch.
I already had a couple of pillows on the swing (opposite the chair – I will show pictures) I can’t decide which pillow I like better in the chair, so I took some of both!
Ignore the climbing rose bush in the background! I did not get the bug spray on it soon enough this year, and it has been eaten up!!!
My dad made the swing for me a few years back and the lattice. He is SO handy! I need to get some more pillows on it and maybe a throw on the back!
This is going to be a great spot for my morning coffee! And, don’t those boxwoods look great? I have just about bought Kroger out of them this year! No more ferns for me. . . only boxwoods!
I found some amazing yard sale finds this weekend. I hope to share them with you this week!
Life to the full to you today!