This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Maison Blanche. All opinions expressed are 100% mine. I’ve been working on getting all of the furniture out of my basement before I buy any more pieces. Some things have been down there for a few years and I just need to paint them and sell them before I go buying anything else. I have a bad habit of buying pieces and getting really excited about them, but then getting distracted by something else and forgetting about them. Well, let’s face it…that’s basically true for my whole life! I’m incredibly distractible! This vintage Ethan Allen rocker has been in our basement for far too long. To the point that my hubby keeps asking me if we can throw it out because I keep putting off working on it! Finally I told him that if I didn’t finish it by Christmas, he could haul it out to the trash. It was a great incentive for me to finally work on it because I really didn’t want it to go to waste! If you remember back to last year around this time, I painted the love seat that goes with this chair. (You can read more about it HERE.) I loved it so much, that I figured I’d finish the rocking chair and ottoman the same way. Here’s what it looked like before I got started. Please excuse my disaster of a basement! It’s a work in progress! Anyway…the rocker and ottoman were in pretty good condition…they just didn’t have any cushions…and they definitely needed a coat or two of paint! I started with the cushions. I used a nice, thick ticking fabric from JoAnn Fabric for high durability. I washed and ironed the fabric before I got started and then made simple envelope pillow covers for both the seat and the ottoman cushion. I used foam and a bit of batting to make the actual cushions. Here they are before I painted the chair. I really like the casual look that the fabric and the envelope cover give the chair. Oh, and the large euro pillow and cover are from IKEA (although that color is no longer available, I believe…sad face!). Once I was finally done with the cushions (my least favorite part), I got to paint! I wasn’t sure which color to choose, so I took the tops off two of my Maison Blanche furniture paint candidates and held them over the fabric (very carefully!). I did this upstairs in natural light, so I could really tell which color would go better. But, honestly, they both went great! I ended up using Ivory for my base coat and Oyster for my final coat. (Below – Oyster on the left, Ivory on the right. It’s hard to tell here, but Ivory is a bit lighter.) I had to spray the piece with shellac before the final coat because there was a little bleed through here and there that was showing through. It’s really typical to see bleed through when painting pieces white/off white. It has nothing to do with the paint and everything to do with the finish on the piece. Shellac almost always does the trick for bleed through. I thought I was going to have to put two coats of paint over the shellac, but one coat of Oyster was all I needed to achieve a beautiful finish! I was so excited when I noticed how well it was covering! When the paint was dry, I sanded both pieces, making sure to distress the edges as I went and finished them with a coat of clear wax. Most pieces I paint aren’t in perfect condition when I get them. They usually have some wear to them. But I think it just shows that they’ve been loved. I never try to cover that up when I refinish a piece – I actually do just the opposite. If there’s a spot that’s a little more worn or looks a little beat up, I like to distress it a bit more to really show it off. I think it gives the piece that much more character and really shows it’s got a story to tell! I have to say…I might be just as happy as my hubby to get this piece out of my basement! I really love how it turned out and can’t wait to bring it to The Found Cottage when I work this weekend! I’m so excited for it to find a new home. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t loving being stuck in our basement! For more details and lots of how-to videos on this awesome paint, be sure to check out Maison Blanche’s Facebook page, website, & YouTube channel. To see where you can purchase this paint for yourself, click here!