Rocking Chair for a very Special Girl

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This is one of my absolute favourite projects I have done so far.. Not only because it turned out great (if I say so myself), but because I made it for a close friend of mine and her special little girl.

I was looking for a rocking chair for ages but couldn’t find one as I had a specific idea in my head. By chance I found a lady who was selling one exactly as I pictured it and I snapped it up straight away!

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I used Annie Sloan’s products for this project as they are are safe to use on furniture destined for baby and child use. I used a combination of  ‘Antoinette‘  and ‘Old White‘ for some accents.

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As this chair was going to be used by a young mother in the nursery, I first made sure it was secure.  I enlisted the help of my husband and father-in-law who made sure it was safe and secure by drilling a few extra screws and making the frame sturdier.

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We used some wood glue to ensure the handles were firmly on as well.

My little helper Pug Coco also was there to help out.

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I then got on with the painting! I painted the chair in Antoinette and  I painted the spindles in Old White for some contrast.

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I didn’t want to distress the chair so made sure I used watered down paint and slightly sanded in between 3-4 coats to have a smooth and thorough finish.

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When I was happy with the coverage, I went on to wax the chair.

You can read in detail how to wax in my previous post

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The chair looked lovely, but Iwanted to make the chair extra special so I decided to personalise it with baby’s beautiful name – Ella. I first thought I should just paint the name on the chair, and add some butterflies but then my father-in-law suggested to carve the name in wood using my dremel.

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I made a stencil, basically created the name in the font I liked in Word document and printed off the size I wanted.  I also chose a design for a butterfly and again, simply printed it off.  I then placed tracing paper between the chair and the print out and traced it with my pen.  I had an outline on the chair ready to be carved.

This is what the carved name and butterflies looked like when they were finished!


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To make the name stand out, I painted the carved area in Annie Sloan’s  ‘Old White’ to match the chair and waxed.

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I still thought it wasn’t quite finished, so played around with some gems and carefully glued them to the chair.

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Once I was happy with the result, I made a nice and comfy cushion for the chair using Clarke and Clarke fabric – Meadow (sorry about the background – creative mess!!)

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All that was left to do was to make some nice bunting and matching curtain ties for the nursery. I used Clarke and Clarke Meadow and Dotty for this project in lovely pink colour.

And here is the finished chair for the special girll!

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0 thoughts on “Rocking Chair for a very Special Girl

  1. This rocker is so beautiful! I know your friend must be so excited to receive such a special gift. I love all the extra details you added to make it extra special. I’m sitting in a rocking chair I’ve had for over 30 years as I type this message. I know it’s going to be a treasured piece. Hope you’re having a great week and as always thanks so much for linking this up to our Something to Talk About Link Party! CoCo PS: your Coco is so cute

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