When we decided to switch Ben’s nursery into a big playroom I knew immediately what the theme would be: Mickey Mouse. He’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse-it is his favorite show, we watch it every day. He has every Mickey Mouse toy you can imagine, and we went to Disneyland for his second birthday. The problem was that we had nothing as far as Mickey Mouse furniture or even artwork. Along the way a friend of ours was selling their son’s red Corvette bed, which my husband picked up for Ben as a Hanukkah present. It goes along with a Disney Cars painting we received for Ben’s first birthday. I thought we could kind of combine Mickey Mouse and the car theme because the new show Mickey Mouse and the Roadster Racers is coming out and so it really works out perfectly.
This rocking chair was given to us by a friend who’s granddaughter outgrew it. It was a typical brown wooden rocking chair. I saw a DIY Mickey Mouse painted chair on Pinterest this past fall and have been dying to replicate it. The first thing I did was paint the whole chair white with a primer I picked up at Lowe’s. I did two coats of white. I allowed them to dry completely in between coats. My biggest piece of advice that I teach all my students when it comes to painting anything is to start with your lightest color and leave your darkest color for last. For this project I simply used acrylic paint that I purchased at Michael’s. I started with the yellow on the bottom of the rocking chair and the two circles on the seats for Mickey’s buttons. The next step I did was the red seat which I had to be very careful painting-especially around the circles so that they still looked pretty smooth around the edges.
Tip: When you’re painting a piece of furniture it’s really important that you look at it from every angle, make sure that you get behind it in front of it you look on top of it facing downwards and you get underneath it and look up in between every single coat of paint. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ve missed!
Lastly I painted the black sections and added the black creases for the gloves on the handles of the rocking chair. When you’re painting a piece of furniture with several colors like this you want that the color will be opaque. Stay away from semi-transparent, glossy, or pthalo type colors. Once the rocking chair was finished I took it up to Ben’s room and I must say it has been a really great addition to his big boy Mickey Mouse bedroom. It’s a piece that definitely brings that theme of Mickey Mouse into the bedroom and completes the look. I’m glad I was able to do this on a budget-using a chair that I got for free and was already in my home, with small tubes of acrylic paint that I purchased only for a few dollars at Michael’s. Just like the rest of our house our kids’ bedrooms are going to change over the years and it’s good to be able to do so while conserving money through DIY projects like this.