Themed Furniture Day – Rocking Chair Makeover

It’s time for another Themed Furniture Makeover Day and this month’s theme is chairs.  During an after Christmas shopping trip, my mom and I found a solid and in great condition rocking chair at Goodwill for just $14.95.  After sanding and a paint job, this rocker is ready for pleasant evenings spent rocking on my screened porch.

Rocking Chair Makeover with Paint by


The rocker didn’t require any repair, it only needed a good sanding and several coats of paint.  I used Behr interior/exterior black paint with built-in primer from Home Depot.

Rocking Chair Makeover - Before

Here you can see how much sanding was required to remove the scratch marks from the seat.  I started painting the rocker with it upside down.  This picture was taken after I turned it right side up.

Rocking Chair Progress


When I first saw this rocker at Goodwill, I immediately pictured myself rocking away on my dock while admiring the lake.  It’s still the dead of winter here, so there won’t be any dock rocking in the foreseeable future.

Rocking Chair Makeover with Paint by


For now I’ll enjoy the rocker on the porch.  The red painted table is from one of 2014’s Themed Furniture Makeover Days.  You can get the details here and see other projects that I’ve shared for Themed Furniture Makeover Day here.  The picnic basket and thermos were recent gifts from a friend.  You can see all of the vintage goodies that she shared with me here.Goodwill Rocking Chair Makeover with Paint

A black Hitchcock rocker that I recently scored from Craigslist for $30.00 joins my freshly painted rocker on the porch.  This is actually a pleasant place to sit even in the winter since the screens are covered with Plexiglass panels.Hitchcock Rocker and Painted Rocker from Goodwill



Scroll down to see the chair makeovers that my friends are sharing this month.  I’m excited to see them myself!


Sharing With:
Serenity Now, Imparting Grace, Common Ground, Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home, Concord Cottage, Between Naps on the Porch


    1. Thanks, Larissa. When I found it at Goodwill I could hardly get to the counter fast enough to pay for it. I know we’ll really enjoy it this spring, summer, and fall.


  1. First off the chair is lovely!! BUT your porch with the two black rockers? I’m so envious!! What a beautiful place to relax on a nice day.

    1. Thanks, Melody! After a week of no school for snow, I’m ready for a warm day so that we can enjoy the porch.


    1. Thanks, Christy! Mr. SP likes to take pictures when I’m doing projects. Usually he’s photographing Sherman who likes to watch when we are in the basement working but every once in he’ll snap a few of me. I’m ready for a warm day so that we can sit on the porch and do some rocking.


    1. Thanks, Nancy! They both are comfortable and the great thing is that I can use them inside the house as well as on the porch.


  2. A rocking chair is a wonderful place to sit and relax! Especially at the end of a long day:) Such a steal for the price too. I can picture you with a cup of tea or coffee rocking away and relaxing with with your view on your freshly made-over new rocker:)

  3. I love that you chose black. It looks crisp and ready for your porch. Great makeover Paula. Thanks for inspiring me to use black I probably would have chosen blue 🙂

    1. I was really glad that I could get the gouge marks out by sanding. It’s sad that someone did that to this chair on purpose. I’m looking forward to warm days so that I can enjoy this chair.


    1. Thanks, Megan. It is definitely hit or miss at the stores around here. I saw an awesome campaign style cabinet on Timberlake this week but it was sold. 🙁


    1. Thanks, Christy. I like the color and think that over time as it naturally gets distressed that it will look even better.


  4. Love your rocking chair, you did a great job! Looks perfect paired with your other one.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  5. Paula, wow what a difference some sand paper and paint makes. Your rocking chair looks amazing and I can see you rocking out on your dock which sounds so relaxing. Thanks so much for linking up with our Something To Talk About Link Party and I hope you join us again tomorrow morning. have a great week, Lisa at Concord Cottage

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