Thrift Rocking Chair Makeover with 3M Frameworks Products
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|In this article, I share a tutorial on how to makeover a grungy old rocking chair with 3M Frameworks products.
This was my first time testing a piece of furniture for lead. I found the process very easy to perform and complete. It was also my first time reupholstering a piece of furniture, which did require a bit more skill. Overall, I consider the entire process to be a Beginner to Moderate project in terms of skill. I completed the project in just under four hours, so it’s a makeover you can whip up in just a weekend, depending on the size of your piece!
3M LeadCheck Swabs
|Step One: Find an old piece of furniture
Find a grungy old piece of furniture for your project! I found mine at a thrift store, but yard sales and curbsides are great sources, too.
|Step Two: Test for lead
Since I’m not sure if my chair was painted after 1978 or not, I decided to check it for lead paint. I used my 3M LeadCheck Swabs. If the swab turns red, it means lead is detected and I should contact a lead-safe certified contractor.
|The swab system is very easy to use! You simply activate the swab, rub it on a notch in the furniture and await your results! It’s like performing a little science project while you craft.|
|My rocking chair was lead-free (yay!), but the system also includes a Test Confirmation Card, so you can verify that you activated your swab properly.|
|Step Three: Disassemble the furniture
Disassemble your chair! Be sure to wear your 3M TEKK Protection Eye Protection to protect your eyes from furniture staples and nails as you remove them. I discovered the original chair cushion was a funky shade of avocado green crossed with entirely-too-old mustard yellow. I used the old fabric to create a pattern for my shiny new fabric.
Using new padding and new fabric, reupholster your chair cushion. Pull the fabric taut and use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the underside of the cushion board.
|Step Four: Sand and prepare for painting
Choose the proper 3M Sandblaster products for your project. I used the 3M SandBlaster Sponges for Paint Stripping and Between Coats.
|Sand your entire piece to prepare it for painting. Wear your 3M TEKK Protection Respirator, so you don’t breathe in particles of dust while sanding.|
|Step Five: Paint and reassemble the piece
Paint, paint, paint! Wear gloves to keep paint and stain off of your hands. I used two coats of high gloss black paint for my chair.
Once the paint is dry, reattach your like-new cushion to the chair using the same hardware you previously removed. In my case, the cushion was attached to the frame with four screws.
|Step Six: Decorate with handmade stencils
This step is optional, but definitely a fun and easy way to add unique decoration to your piece! Using ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock, create a stencil to apply to your chair.
|Apply ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape to a cutting surface. Tape your image to stencil on top of of the painter’s tape. Using a very sharp craft knife, carefully and slowly, cut your design from the tape. Voila!|
|Apply the tape stencil to your chair. Press the entire surface of the tape firmly to the chair. Using stencil paint, blot the design until it’s solid. Remove the tape and reveal your new design!|
|Step Seven: Enjoy!
Bask in the glory of your completed project!
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