$5 Thrift Store Rocker Makeover

Happy Thursday, lovely friends! Today I have a quick little makeover for y’all.

A few months ago my favorite thrift store near my house had two small rocking chairs for only $5 each. I always pick up children’s rockers when I see them because they always sell quickly.

I shared the first one back in January. You can see that one HEREI’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love. 

Today I’m sharing chair #2:

I gave it one coat of DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE.) in Behr’s Bit of Sugar using my HomeRight sprayer way back when I was painting my dining chairs.  (See them HERE.)

However I ran out of paint and so there it sat in our garage…for several months awaiting its big finish. (My HomeRight shelter is awesome at holding several things to paint at once!)

I finally gave it another couple of coats that it needed with a brush and then decided to add just a pop of color to it:

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

Can you see the color?

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Green! I never use green around here but I had a sample pot of this pretty green in our paint hoard. I used this color in Brennan’s nursery to go along with his monkey theme and I had purchased a sample pot later for some touch-ups. This is the perfect green for a wall…so soft. It’s called Grass Cloth by Behr.

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

His nursery was so cute!

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


These props were from his nursery.

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

The blanket is special since it was made by one of my dear friends. Isn’t it so sweet?

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

To paint the stripes, I just taped off every other slat on the seat with FrogTape for delicate surfaces

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I sanded very lightly all over except for the green parts, then sealed with Rustoleum clear matte spray. I wouldn’t use it on a large furniture piece because it might end up streaky, but for smaller pieces with lots of parts, it works great.

Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com



Child's rocker makeover from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I gave this stool makeover #2:

UPDATE: See how I freshened up this little stool HERE now! 

Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂




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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    How Adorable! Love the green you put on that. That is like the perfect shade of green. I Love it!!

  2. What a sweet rocker and loved the blanket (and monkey). Was so surprised to see green but it worked.

    • Thank you, Janice! I know I don’t use green very often, but it would be sweet and a little boys room, or even a girl…that was my favorite color when I was little! Have a great day! XOXO

  3. I love the pop of color! It could go for a boy or a girl!

  4. Christina in SW FL says

    Another sweet makeover Christy! If this is in your booth, I bet it is already sold. 🙂 Thanks for reminding me why I “mistakenly” purchased the Frog Tape for delicate surfaces. 🙂
    Also, your friend made a sweet blanket. 🙂
    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and have a delightful weekend. Hopefully warm enough to sit out on your porch, in one of those great chairs with a large cup of… your beverage of choice. 🙂

    • Thank you, Christina! I love playing around with little pieces like this! And yes…the weather is supposed to warm up here this weekend, so maybe I will be able to get out on that porch and enjoy it! Have a great weekend! XOXO

  5. Michele Branham says

    Love that color green! I’ve been wanting to paint a chair I found green for some reason and that may be the perfect color. I’ll check it out the next time I’m at Home Depot. Thanks!

    • Thanks, Michele! I absolutely love this green! It is from their older colors, but you can still ask for it by name! XOXO

  6. That’s very cute. I love the green.

  7. Maureen Ryan says

    You do wonderful work but this has to be one of your most charming pieces EVER!!! Congratulations!

  8. I didn’t know they sell Frog tape for delicate surfaces? Hmm, I learn something new every time I visit your blog! LOL
    The rocker (to use your words) is “sweet”. I love it with the pop of green!
    I painted that lampshade I asked you about, it came out great and it compliments the boys’ room so nicely.

    • Ooh yes…FrogTape for delicate surfaces works great on freshly painted pieces! Glad to hear your lampshade turned out well, my friend! XOXO

  9. Awesome! I have a rocker exactly like your just sittin’ around waiting for a great makeover idea. Mucho thanks!

  10. sharon austin says

    Soooo cute!

  11. So cute, I have a pair of these chairs and now I need motivation to revive them.
    Thanks for the post.

  12. Robyn Wright says


  13. so cute, I have one I need to paint!

  14. Debbie in TX says

    Exactly like the rocker I had as a little girl! Looks fabulous, especially the green color. Another successful makeover!

    • Thank you, Debbie! I’m so glad I spotted that little sample of paint I had left over! XOXO

  15. Much better……glad to see you are branching out to new colors!!! Love the green.
    Have a good one!!!

  16. Hi Christy,
    I love how your little $5.00 rocker came out. I especially like the green color you added to it. Great project . . . I’m in awe of all that you do! ~Cheryl

    • Thank you so much, Cheryl! I don’t usually do much in the way of green, but I might have to change that! XOOX

  17. I am now the owner of a spray shelter, thanks to your recommendation. I set it up yesterday for a project and it’s great! I’ll definitely be doing a lot more spray painting. Love the little rocking chair.

    • Oh yay! Isn’t it fantastic?? Our new house is SUPER windy so I haven’t set it up much here lately, but we have a line of trees that should fill in soon that will help…looking forward to pulling my out again! Thanks, Ginny! XOXO

  18. Its adorable, Christy and I’m loving the green stripes! We both did children’s rocking chair makeovers today. lol

  19. Such a sweet rocker! Love the surprise green! Perfect! xoxo

    • Thanks, Nancy! I never thought to use this color on furniture before, but I loved it so much in Brennan’s nursery. Might have to use it again on something bigger! XOXO

  20. Such a cute little chair! Can’t wail till I have grandchildren to fill up little chairs like that!

    • Thank you, Carol! I do miss babies in our house…pretty sure my youngest couldn’t fit his tush in this lol! XOXO

  21. Constance Colvin says

    Cute-a cute-a!

  22. Hi,
    Your things always turn out so cute.. Love the little rocker.
    I was wondering what kind of spray gun you use. My husband and I have quite a few projects around the house that a sprayer should would make it a lot easier and want to use one that is tried and tested.. Also do you have to thin the paint when using it..
    Thanks for your great posts and help.

    • Hi Jacky! Thank you! I have a HomeRight sprayer and it works great. You can find it on Amazon here:https://amzn.to/2JJ56Ng I have only used chalk paint in mine and I make a new batch when I use my sprayer. It is typically a little thinner when I first make it. Hope this helps! XO

  23. Christy, that little rocker is so cute! I love the green on the seat. Just enough color. I just finished reading about the child’s rocker that Marie over at Interior Frugalista painted. She used green on her make-over, too. Yours and hers both are really sweet. I can’t choose one over the other they are both so appealing! If you haven’t seen hers go over and look. The green color that she used is a bit different than what you used but I think it’s beautiful with her particular rocker. Anyway, you both did really great jobs on these little pieces.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring work, Christy!

    • Thank you, Naomi! I saw Marie’s rocker, and I love it!! Funny that we both shared little green rockers today! 🙂 XOXO

  24. Christy,
    Thank you so much for the information on the sprayer. Definitely looks like a nice one and lots of good reviews on it….
    Thanks, Jacky

  25. Very Pretty !!!

  26. Awwww, so cute! You found the perfect spring green!

  27. Andrea Bell says

    Your tips are great and your booth is amazing! We are thinking of opening a booth and I was curious if you have to have a license or register with the government first? I know each state has different laws and we are looking into it, but just wondered if you had any insight or tips on that aspect of starting a booth? Thank you.

    • Thank you so much, Andrea! I do have to have a business license to run a booth here in Virginia, but that’s it! Good luck to you! XO