One of my favorite pieces in Clark's nursery is the green glider! My mom found it for a sweet deal, and swooped it up for me to refinish. Of course, being the always thinking ahead gal that I am, I forgot to take a true before picture. But do not fret! What I have comes pretty close, and will at least let you see the lovely early 2000's-ness of the find.
Don't get me wrong, I love nautical print. For the most part. But it just wasn't matching my vision for what the nursery would look like! Plus, it was a little... grimy. Ew.
I was a little nervous to get started because I had never painted furniture before. But it turns out it was way easier than it seems! And so was recovering the cushion!
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- paint color of choice (I picked up a qt. of water based semi-gloss paint at lowes)
- paint brush (don't skimp here. I got a new one inch brush that was med-high quality)
- sand paper (medium and fine grit)
- fabric of choice (if you are covering the pad. I got about 4 yards to be safe)
- scissors, sewing machine, seam ripper regular sewing needs (again, if you are recovering a pad.)
Step 2: Sand surfaces that you plan to paint
- I was a little overzealous on this, and thought that I had to sand down to the original wood and almost went crazy sanding and sanding and sanding. Turns out, you really only need to rough up the finish so that it's not totally shiny anymore. Then go over with the fine grit to make it a bit more smooth. The "spokes" took some time but it was worth it in the end! I also chose to only paint the chair portion of the glider, and left the bottom portion the original finish. Worth it to not worry about the small nooks and crannies down there since I was painting by hand with a brush.
Step 3: Wipe down the surfaces you have sanded with a damp cloth, and let dry completely
- This keep tiny bits of sawdust from mucking up your paint finish!
Step 4: Paint, as smoothly as possible
- You will repeat this step 2-4 times until you get the coverage that you want. I think I ended up doing three coats to make sure it was nice and smooth.
**tip!** with a glossy paint, it's best to not go over it again and again in a specific spot because it will start to get tacky and streaky. If you feel like there is a drip or something a little "off" or "splotchy" let it dry completely, and then sand it and use the next paint coat to go over it more carefully and smoothly. Think of it like when you paint your nails. Once they start to dry you can't brush over them again until they are completely dry! Same concept here.**
Step 5: Admire your work, then go inside and work on recovering the pad
Step 6: Carefully remove the current fabric from pad
- using a seam ripper, remove the fabric. Be careful, you will use this as a guide for your new fabric. Take pictures along the way if you need to remember how it was assembled! Mine ended up being two separate pieces.
Step 7: Using old fabric as a template, trace new fabric, and sew together
- Think of the fabric cover as a pillow case for your pad. Trace your template onto your new fabric, and cut it out. Place the right sides together, and sew up all sides except one. Turn right side out. stuff your pad in there (like a pillow) then hand sew the last side shut.
Above, I have sewn the new fabric and put the pad into it, but still need to make the pad feel "contoured". To achieve this, I sewed by hand through the fabric and the pad. I followed the grooves that were already there.
And complete! Hooray! I'm so glad I got over my nervousness over painting furniture, and decided to give it a try! While this was a slightly time intensive project, I absolutely love how it turned out and looks in the nursery! (Coale loves it too)