The modern rocking chair makeover

I know, I know — painting antique wood is wrong. Some of you are probably cringing at the before and after photos this week, and thinking I’m crazy for messing with something so old.

But hear me out. One of my husband’s colleagues gifted us with a very sweet child-sized rocking chair. It had a lot of sentimental value to him, so he wanted it to go to a home with small children who would use it.

We left it as-is for a few months, but the original red leather seat was flecked with paint and I kept thinking of how I might modernize it. Yes, I felt a little guilty for tampering with it, but I knew it would fit in with our home better — and get a lot of use — with a few tweaks.

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