An Old Rocking Chair Gets a Makeover

I am a sucker for rocking chairs.  I just love to sit and rock, and rock, and rock.  

Please tell me you love rockers too?

I am also a sucker for rockers on a front porch.

When we lived in the Dallas area, a sweet friend of mine gave me an old rocking chair she no longer wanted.  At the time, we had a little covered porch that was just perfect for the rocker.

Since moving last summer, we no longer have a covered front porch, or at least not one that is big enough to hold all my decorations AND a rocking chair!  Although we have a nice back patio, I really like the rocker for the front.  It is just a nice place to sit outside and watch the boys ride their bikes, watch the deer, or read a book.  So, the rocker has remained on the front porch.  The problem with this is that it gets a good beating from the Texas sun.

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover

As you can tell, it needs A LOT of help!

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover

The other problem is that it blends in with the slate tile on the porch and it kind of gets lost.

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover


As I began decorating and getting ready for my Fall Home Tour, I realized it was time to give my old rocking chair a makeover.  I wanted this chair to be bright and colorful… something people would be able to see from the road.

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover

I also needed something that wouldn’t clash with the color of the shutters on the sides of the windows or our front door.

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover

So, I decided on yellow.  

I LOVE yellow and I knew it would definitely stand out!  Plus, yellow just seems… happy!  Don’t you think?

Once I gave the chair a few coats of Annie Sloan’s Arles, I decided it needed something else.

Antique Rocker Gets a Makeover

So, I added some white stripes here and there to give the rocker a little more character.

So, I pulled out some 3M™ Safe-Release™ Painter’s Tape for Delicate Surfaces since the wood on my chair is a little brittle from being out in the direct sunlight.  I wanted to be sure that when I pulled off the tape, I wasn’t going to be pulling off wood and paint at the same time! 

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

I taped off parts of the chair where I wanted to add stripes.

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

Next, I painted it white.  

I am always nervous about this part.  I picture the paint seeping under the tape and ruining all of my hard work every time!  

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

Luckily, that wasn’t the case!  

I know I have mentioned this on several other pieces I have done in the past, but I absolutely LOVE removing tape to see those perfect stripes!  

I was so happy to see that the 3M™ Safe-Release™ Painter’s Tape came right off and didn’t take off any paint or wood along the way!

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

What a difference paint and some 3M Painter’s Tape can make!!

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

And now…

Antique Rocker Gets A Makeover

…you can definitely see my rocker from the road!

Hmmm… I wonder what else I can paint??

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My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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Texas gal, wife, mother to 2 boys, author behind the blog The Rustic Pig, business owner, antique lover, and Christ follower!

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  1. This is darling Claire! I would definitely look twice (stalker style) if I was driving by! 🙂
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  2. So pretty! That color goes perfectly with the shutters. No clashing at all! That chair reminds me off the ones at Cracker Barrel. I miss Crack Barrel.
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  3. I’m a rocking chair lover, too. I have a couple on the porch and a couple. I think your color choice is a good match with the colors of the stone/brick of your house and it also gives it a good homey feel.

  4. great choice on the yellow color. it brings out the yellow in the Austin Stone and in the slate.

  5. I am thinking of taking on a rocking chair that my mom gave me when my kids were young and now I have a great-grandaugter coming in March and thought what a great shower gift, her furniture is about the color of french linen maybe a bit more white. I have been reading all about the chalk paint and there is a place in Sonia, GA (yes that is where Walking Dead hung out) that carries this paint…. hopefully I am not taking on more then I can, but what the heck recently retired and ready to play, wish me luck and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  6. OMG! Just look at the chair. Perfect makeover it gets. Awesome painted. You have done really great and hard work. Paint some old furniture is the best thing to do in your free time. It gives new life to old furniture and freshness to us.

  7. I just love the make-over job you did with the rocking chair!
    I love rocking chairs as well, as a matter of fact I started an online business that sells rocking chairs among other items for relaxing moments!
    There is nothing like quiet time to relax and enjoy a beautiful morning or afternoon reading a good book, having a nice drink or talking to a loved one. Rocking chairs can offer you all this.

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