Need a Colorful Painted Rocking Chair Idea?



If you’re like me and you have an old rocking chair, you may need ideas to update it.  This rocking chair was handed down from my mom.  While the needlepoint is charming, unless the theme of your room is granny chic, it is also dated.

I started painting this rocker almost exactly a year ago.  I got side tracked when I didn’t have a great vision for it.  So I picked it back up last week, and made myself push through.

Painted rocking chair before

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Spanish Moss

After cleaning this piece, I gave it two coats of Spanish Moss.  It’s a beautiful soft mossy green color. 

Since the wood parts were somewhat narrow, I used the Flat Small brush.  It’s a good idea to match your brush size to the size of the area you’re painting.  It’s also smart to turn your chair upside down to make sure you get all the nooks and crannies.

Owl rocking chair

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Clear Coat for Protection and Sheen

Before I started adding upholstery and trim, I wanted to protect the paint.  I almost always use a liquid top coat with Dixie Belle paint, and my favorite is the Satin sheen.  It makes the paint more scratch-proof and it makes it wipable for cleaning. 

See how the 2 coats of Satin give the piece such a beautiful soft glow?

owl rocking chair top

Reupholstering a Rocking Chair

I had this cute owl fabric on hand, and I’m not quite sure where I picked it up.  I’m guessing it was at JoAnn Fabrics.  First, I cut the fabric and a thin layer of batting to size for both the seat and the back.

Using a staple gun, I stapled it from the top down all around the edges.  Lastly, using some cute ribbon from Michael’s Arts & Crafts, I hot glued around the edges of the fabric to hide the staples.

Didn’t this simple paint and fabric update make this rocking chair perfect for a baby’s nursery?

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6 thoughts on “Need a Colorful Painted Rocking Chair Idea?”

  1. Janet says:

    You did a wonderful job of restoring this rocker. I love the color.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, Janet! Yes, Spanish Moss is a beautiful neutral green. xo, Shannon

  2. Helen Fern says:

    Great post. I’d be so honored if you shared it on the Share the Wealth Party at My Big Fat Menopausal life.
    http://bigfatmenopausallife.blogspot.com/2021/09/share-wealth-ii-second-installment-of.html

    1. Shannon says:

      Of course! I just linked up, Helen. Love your blog name! xo, Shannon

  3. Rebecca Payne says:

    Great Job! I love the fabric you used.

    1. Shannon says:

      Thanks, I love cute owls!

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