Monday, March 19, 2012

Painted Thonet Rocking Chair and a Cute Nursery!

Hello, everyone. Last week, I painted this vintage Thonet rocking chair for a client, and I was so pleased with the way that it came out, and how it looks in the cute nursery it belongs in.

Here is what it looked like before:

after a really intense tape job, I was able to keep the caning on it natural, and just paint the wooden parts. I sanded, deglossed, primed, painted, and sealed it.


I can't wait to show you the cute nursery that it belongs in!



The nursery is gender-neutral, because they don't know the gender of the baby who will make it's way here in April. My client still has some artwork to finish for the walls, but isn't the nursery cute?! I love the mint green walls, and the cute shelves with wallpaper behind them. I also adore the globe collection!


see the globes at the top of the shelf?


look at the cute mobile:

I also love how she replaced the knobs on the changing table with the cute blue glass ones:

such a cute nursery! Thanks for letting me share it, and having me paint the rocker, Brooke!


  1. this is adorable! i love the chair and the dust ruffle especially.

    she may have to re-think having those shelves so close to the crib as the baby gets older . . .my 13 month old would have every single thing within arm's reach on the floor or in his mouth before i could get in to get him up :)

  2. yes, i'm sure over time she'll have to tweak things here and there, as the baby grows!

  3. Hi Kristin! ( I am Kathy, who called from Midland, Texas)

    I LOVE this redo!
    with regard to the comment above, by the time my 4th son came along, I intentionally left a bottle on a chest next to his crib, so I wouldn't have to get up in the middle of the night. He was over a year old at the time, and every morning I would find it empty in his bed. I hate to admit it but I was desperate for sleep. when you said within arm's reach, into his mouth, I remembered ...ha!

    there is an online shop based in Midland called Graham Kracker that makes custom nursery and even college girls bedding out of fabrics you choose...Fun fabrics!! check it out. I can vouch for the quality. I had them make some reversible large shams for my lakehouse.

  4. I love the color on the rocker Kristen! Looks gorgeous!

  5. Kristin

    did you spray or brush this?


  6. i have this same rocker and after seeing this post i'm considering painting it! :)

    how did you de-gloss it? will you share your secrets?

  7. I love that changing station. Was this purchased in store, or a thrift find? I love the style!

  8. kmack: i sprayed it, hence all the taping off of the caning!

    as for deglossing, i used a deglosser liquid, whic you can buy at lowe's

    i'm not sure where the changing station was purchased!

    thanks for all the complements, guys. :)

  9. This is so beautiful. I have this rocker - it was the rocker my parents used to rock me in as a baby. :) It is black with natural caning and I am pondering which color to use to paint over the black. The one you did here is absolutely beautiful. :)

  10. Kristen,

    Any idea where she got the shelving units? I have been looking for shelves like those. I'm in Portland, OR.



  11. Mom-to-Be here, thanks for the sweet comments. Kristen did such a fantastic job on the rocker, the finish is flawless and rockhard! the shelves are acutally from Ikea called Ivar, painted and cut down to fit our space. Also cut some backs out of super thin plywood and added wallpaper from Abigail Edwards- love it! The changing table is an old console from Pottery Barn, just wide enough for the pad and small enough for our snug room. Thanks Kristen for the great job and beautiful photos!

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    I wish you a lovely weekend:)

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  13. i have the same chair and im trying to redo it in white, but i was torn between bush painting it and spray painting. i love the way your spray painting turned out so i was wondering what type of spray paint you used? is there a certain brand you recommend? thank you so much

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