Painted Rocking Chair – From dated to stunning!

I scored at an estate sale a while back, picking up one painted rocking chair, another chair with a matching couch, two end tables and a coffee table for only $100 and, as you might imagine, I had big plans for all of it! You can read my post about when I picked them up here. I already completed the two end tables awhile back and I’m very happy to report that we still love them in our living room! Two end tables get a sweet country makeover. This last weekend I spent the ENTIRE day Saturday working on the painted rocking chair and the matching chair and couch and the coffee table.

I had set out Saturday to get the painted rocking chair finished but as soon as I set foot in my garage, dressed in my work clothes and all ready to go, my heart sank and I called myself several four letter words. The rocking chair needed some wood putty fixes and fills in a couple of places and wood putty takes a VERY long time to dry. Dangnabit! Well, I wouldn’t be getting that painted rocking chair done that Saturday now would I!?

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

Fortunately, like any good DIYer, there were other projects I could work on (isn’t there always?) So I got to work on the matching couch, chair and coffee table. Six hours later and they had two coats of primer, three coats of paint and I was ready to NEVER see my garage or a paint brush again. Someday I’m going to buy myself a paint sprayer and wonder forever why I hadn’t bought it SO MUCH sooner!

But I digress, I don’t own a paint sprayer, I own hands and paint brushes. With the promise to spend all day Sunday with my hubby I may have gotten a lot done but NONE of it was finished and one project I wanted to get done last weekend had nothing but a little wood putty on it! So, I took yesterday (Monday) off and tackled this old rocking chair 🙂

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

I hate to admit that a lot of my paint choices are based on what I have on hand. (Paint is expensive!) I happened to have an almost-full can of black Rustoleum flat paint left over from painting our interior doors so I grabbed it for this painted rocking chair. The chair itself was sturdy and in really good shape but it needed a makeover BADLY. I sanded the entire chair down and got to painting.

The thing is about oil based paints like Rustoleum they take a LONG time to dry. So, between coats on this painted rocking chair I touched up the entire matching chair, couch and coffee table set then put two coats of exterior sealant on it. Now, all I need to do is buy cushions and I’ll be able to call it done and show you guys our new outdoor furniture set!!

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

I put a coat of exterior poly on this chair after putting on three coats of the black Rustoleum paint on it. I wanted it to be indoor/outdoor. I was nervous going into this actually. This is my very first project bought entirely on the plan to give it a makeover and sell it! I’m excited and I’m nervous, I keep thinking, “What if it doesn’t sell?!” But, like everything, we shall see how it goes 🙂

I think it turned out really stunning and I think it would work in just about any home or porch whether for a nursery or just a place to rock with a morning cup of coffee or tea. This is truly the first step I’m taking toward my dream of refinishing furniture for a living, it is a very long term goal, but it is exciting for me to take the first step even if it is only a little one!

Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.Dated rocking chair gets a before and after makeover with black painted rocking chair, before and afters, DIY.

If you saw my Inspiration Board on Stunning Rocking Chairs then you know how much I drooled over a couple of them painted in black! I’m almost torn to sell this painted rocking chair, it sure turned out puuurrrty 🙂

Thanks, as always guys, for coming by!!

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  1. June 15, 2016 at 3:34 am

    That rocking chair is gorgeous now! I’m sure it will sell fast to someone with good taste.

  2. Sherri
    June 18, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Love the rocking chair! I don’t know if you remember that I have written to you before, I am the gal that is from Park Rapids. I now live in Otsego/Elk River area and sell repurposed furniture on facebook garage sale sites and at an occasional shop in Buffalo. While I love the rocking chair, they just don’t sell, at least in this area. My popular pieces are usually small tables, nightstands and desks. Good Luck!

    • June 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Hey Sherri, its good to hear from you again! Yeah, we’ll see how it goes, I finished it so it would be durable enough to be on a front porch or outside too and I’m not going to charge much for it, but you just never know! Thanks for coming by again 🙂

  3. June 22, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    It turned out great! I too will work on mutiple projects ant one time… Aways something to do while paint dries

    • June 23, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you Mary! Isn’t that the truth?! Paint drying – well might as well start another project! lol

  4. June 23, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Ok, this is stunning! We have a rocking chair exactly like this & you’ve convinced me to paint it black. Yours looks gorgeous now!

    • June 23, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Oh Meg thank you so much!! I was worried about the black paint but once it was all done I was sold!

  5. September 8, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    This is truly stunning in black. I had a bi-centennial I passed on to my son that looks just like yours.

  6. September 14, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Amazing transformation, Tarah! I just “rescued” our plain-Jane brown desk with a coat of black and I love it. Thanks so much for linking up your rocker at Vintage Charm (hope it sells quickly!).

    • September 14, 2016 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you so much Diana! Its been a few months now and I haven’t tried to sell it yet… my husband keeps mentioning that that was in fact why I purchased it and painted it… I didn’t expect to have trouble letting it go!

  7. October 5, 2016 at 11:45 am

    It is stunning! Funny you sound so much like me! I always have some project to work and love that. My husband is always like we have so many projects to do, and I say yes I love projects!

    • October 5, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      lol isn’t that the truth?! Sometimes I think I’m nuts, but I really do need something to work on, its a good thing! 🙂

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