New Life for an Old Chair

I always imagined when I bought my first house it would have a big porch where I could relax on my rocking chair with a cold drink.  Unfortunately the first house I bought didn’t have a porch!   So my sweet little rocking chair sat out on the back patio and saw all of the elements and better days.  Our new house is rocking chair perfect except my chair was beat up and nearly falling apart.

Adam was on his usual Sunday afternoon golf outing, George was napping and I was fed up pulling weeds.  I received a coupon for a free sample of Country Chic Paint in the color Bliss and couldn’t wait to get my hands dirty with it.  I just had to be brave enough to paint my perfectly white rocking chair a new color and I was definitely feeling up to it.

Country Chic Paint – Perfect for my Rocking Chair Project

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  1.  Fine grit sandpaper. I prefer the sanding sponges like this one
  2. Spray paint (this isn’t a must)  but will definitely help!
  3. Paint brush – There are special “chalk paint” brushes but you don’t necessarily need one
  4. Chalk paint – I used Country Chic Paint for this project (Bought locally at ReStyle & Co).
  5. Paint cup and liner – this is SO much easier to paint with (and dispose of with liners)
  6. Floor protection (if you want to keep your floor nice – I didn’t use this!)
  7. Something to paint! (a chair, an armoire, a hutch, a table, a picture frame…something that needs an update!)


My rocking chair definitely needed a little bath.   It was such a gorgeous day that I did it right in the driveway.  Of course my sweet George missed out on a perfectly good opportunity to play in the water (but it saved me the headache of having to change his clothes later!).   Important: Make sure you dry off your piece while prepping for paint. Not all projects will require this step, but you should at least consider wiping it down with a damp cloth to get rid of any dust or dirt you don’t want trapped under the paint.

Before: My sweet old rocking chair

If you have any loose paint you may want to give it a light sanding and then wipe down again to remove any dust (you don’t want this getting in your paint!).

This step is optional. Give whatever you’re painting a nice little coat of spray paint first.  In this case, I didn’t need to since my rocking chair was already white and I was going darker.  However, if you are taking a dark piece and going lighter,  save your chalk paint and buy the $4 can of spray paint to save money and several coats of paint!

I used a handy pail and liner, so I simply dumped the entire container of paint (it was a smaller sample size)  into my paint cup and I started painting.  The paint went on fairly well and dried rather fast with the breezy day.  After I finished painting my chair and gave it a fair 1-2 hours to entirely dry. I then took my sanding block and gave my rocking chair a nice sanding.  I am not a fan of overly distressed chalk painted items.  If you prefer a more distressed look, you will want to definitely sand more until you get through the paint. When sanding, sand edges on curves for more distressing.

It truly is as easy as it sounds! It only took me a few hours on a nice Sunday afternoon to complete this project from start to finish. I am SO pleased with how my rocking chair turned out!  I can now enjoy sitting outside on my chair without the bird poop and watch George play!



I can’t wait to hear all the fun projects you are working on and are finishing!!  Link up if you have anything great you want to show off or share!















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