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. What a difference you made on that rocker, Paula! Fantastic makeover…sharing!
    Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces recently posted…Linen Channel Back Chair {Themed Makeover}My Profile

    • 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.


  2. Melody @ My Passion For Decor says:

    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.

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


  3. Beautifully done, Paula! Perfect place to relax on the porch! Love the action shot too. 🙂
    Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer recently posted…Shabby Little Rocking ChairMy Profile

    • 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.


  4. What a great find!! (both of them!) You made it look amazing Paula!! Great job! Love that little red table too!!
    Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule recently posted…Antique Press Back Wood Chair Update (with Java Gel Stain)My Profile

    • 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.


  5. It looks great! I can see myself rocking on your dock in it too!! When do you want me to join you 🙂 Great find and makeover!

  6. Awesome transformation! And what a great place to relax and rock away 🙂
    Breanna recently posted…White, Gold & Grey Chair :: Themed Furniture Makeover DayMy Profile

  7. 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:)
    Wendi @ H2OBungalow recently posted…Stenciled Coastal Bench Makeover For Themed Furniture DayMy Profile

  8. ah, that’s so pretty Paula. Black paint can make anything shine. Love it!
    Kathy @petticoatjunktion recently posted…Coral Painted Dry Brushed White Cane Back ChairMy Profile

  9. Rockin’ Rocker Makeover Paula! I love it. And, when it warms up…Happy Dock Rocking!
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio recently posted…old Thrifty office Chair goes ModMy Profile

  10. 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 🙂
    Meegan recently posted…How To Repair a Rattan ChairMy Profile

  11. The rocker came out so well and I love the black! I am also very jelous that you have a screened porch AND a dock!

  12. What a perfect place to sit! Love the black… Jeanette
    Jeanette recently posted…Rustic BoxMy Profile

  13. Wow I can’t believe how much sanding you had to do first! But it really turned out beautiful. What a lovely place to sit and relax. 🙂
    Jen @ Girl in the Garage recently posted…Blue Grain Sack Chair Makeover – Themed Furniture MakeoverMy Profile

    • 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.


  14. You always find the best things from thrift stores and yard sales! I love the setup of the two rocking chairs. It looks like a lovely way to relax in the evening!
    Megan @ Rhapsody in Rooms recently posted…My Minted Favorites + GiveawayMy Profile

    • 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. 🙁


  15. What a pair! They look amazing on your porch. That black paint finish is just perfect!
    Christy @ Our Southern Home recently posted…Bar Stool MakeoverMy Profile

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


  16. Such a classic piece and it looks perfect painted black. Dock rocking sounds fabulous! We can’t wait for warmer weather and visits to the lake too! Thanks for the inspiration.
    Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge recently posted…Vintage Wood Desk Chair Rescue and RedoMy Profile

  17. 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!
    Cindy recently posted…Shamrocks and Silver in the Keeping RoomMy Profile

  18. 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
    Lisa recently posted…Applique on Pillowcases to add CharmMy Profile


  1. […] $14.95 Goodwill find that I painted black for this month’s Themed Furniture Makeover Day.  Click here to see all of the projects.  (Good stuff this […]

  2. […] to go along with the typography. Other Themed Furniture Makeover Day projects that you may enjoy: Rocking Chair Makeover Table Makeover with Red Monogrammed Table Makeover Two Tone Lane Cedar Chest Decoupaged Media […]

  3. […] A fairly new addition to our porch is two black rockers, one a Craigslist find and the other a Goodwill find that I painted.  I like to add pillows to my rockers for a pop of color but didn’t have any […]

  4. […] rockers?  The one on the left is a Craigslist find and the one on the right is from Goodwill.  It needed some TLC and now is one of my favorite chairs for […]

Speak Your Mind


CommentLuv badge