Dated Little Rocker Makeover

Hello amazing friends! Can I tell you how nice it is to have the freedom to dig to through my pile and pick something to make over, and not feel like I should be doing something house-related? This is the first time I have felt that freedom since moving in back in August, and it feels so good!

My pick for today is this dated little rocker I picked up at the thrift store for $5 just before the holidays:

This little gem looks like it hasn't been updated since the 70's!

Harvest gold velvet hasn’t been in fashion in 40 years so I’m pretty sure this little fella has been around a while. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.

While I still had my Bit of Sugar DIY chalk paint out from painting my office storage piece that I shared on Tuesday (See that HERE if you missed it.), I gave this little gem a coat as well:

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Good bye harvest gold. Hello cute black and white check!

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I know black and white aren’t traditionally colors one would use for children’s furniture, but that’s the beauty of creating…you can do whatever strikes your fancy! Plus it is pretty gender neutral.

This cute check also matches the graphics I added to the back of the chair for a fun touch:

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To add these I used my Silhouette cutting machine. (I have this one HERE.) Did anyone get one for Christmas? I had a love-hate relationship with mine at first, mostly because I was so used to using Photoshop Elements to create my designs, but once I realized I could upload my own creations to my Silhouette to print, we were friends again. I shared how to do that HERE.

Simple words like I added to this chair are easy to create in Silhouette though, plus they have tons of their own designs you can download.

I like to use regular old contact paper since I am cheap, however don’t choose black and white paper if your design is black and white also:

Using a Silhouette Cameo is an easy way to add simple graphics to furniture.

Oopsie…that made it kind of difficult to see what I was doing. I used this craft paint and a small brush to fill in the “stencil” I had created with contact paper.

When my graphics were dry, I lightly sanded the entire chair including the words and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

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I didn’t bother to remove the old fabric on the seat,  and in fact I kind of like to keep it there to show the history of this little piece for future owners who may uncover it some day.

I found about three yards of this checked fabric for $2 at an estate sale last year…

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My el cheapo $8 staple gun did the job perfectly!

The seat was just held in place by three screws.

This cute little piece actually looks really sweet here in my office, if only I had little bums that would still fit in it! Even Brennan had a hard time squishing his little tush into it.

Now this  chenille throw is the kind of vintage I adore…

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It is part of a larger bed covering that I picked up at a yard sale for $5. Unfortunately it looked like moths had had their way with it all along the top seam, so I cut it down.

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I hope you enjoyed this little makeover.

Here’s another little rocker that got a much-needed makeover a couple of years ago:

See how I updated this sweet rocking chair HERE!

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing how I updated this thrift store flatware box:

UPDATE: See how this flatware box looks now HERE!

Have a great weekend! 🙂




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  1. Oh I just love it. Looks fantastic x

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    That turned out adorable, I Love it.

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, I adore the staging with the chenille throw and stuffed lion. It’s an adorable chair and you really made it special with the stenciling and seat cover. I’m sure it will sell quickly!

  4. Norma Rolader says

    Very adorable I have one of our daughters when they were very young and it is a red color Now our daughters are 49 and 48 … Wow!!!!

  5. Love the little rocker. Black and white checks may not be what you would normally use but it certainly looks fabulous. So glad you are back to redoing items because it gives me something to look forward to every Tues and Thurs.

  6. Marcie Lovett says

    It’s adorable, Christy! Last year I pulled the upholstery off an old chair and found two more layers of fabric, and underneath it all, pieces of an antique quilt that was used for padding. I think it’s fun to do a little furniture archaeology and see the history behind the piece.

    You must be relieved to take a break from the house. Of course, there always will be house projects, but the big ones are done. Now you can work on filling that booth, because this chair isn’t going to be there long!

    • Thanks, Marcie! I do love seeing what’s underneath…how cool that you found pieces of an antique quilt! XOXO

  7. I bought the same little rocker for my son
    40 years ago when he was 3 years old. As always you did a Great makeover.

  8. Wanda Rose says

    Cute! You “rocked” this project! 🙂

  9. So cute! Little rockers are so hard to resist. I go through a mental battle every time I shop, it seems! I’ve got the little bottoms to sit in them, just not the floor space to sit THEM in, haha! Great choice with the black and white!

    • Thanks, Becky! They really are hard to resist, aren’t they? I actually bought two when I bought this one. Enjoy those little tushies while you can! XOXO

  10. Susan Williams says

    I love the combination of the black plaid and the white rocker!
    Thanks for sharing

  11. Debbie in TX says

    Love this little beauty. Had one almost exactly like it as a child, and I loved it and sat in it every day. Some little boy or girl will be extremely happy to have it.

  12. Linda Petersen says

    All I can say is “You Rock”! The rocker is as cute as it could be & the throw is perfect! I think you should put the little fur friend in the seat & leave it in your office????. I’m sure he could be fitted where the graphics are still visible. ❤, Linda

  13. Just PERFECT! 🙂

  14. You always finish your projects in such a professional way. It inspires me to do the same.

  15. Great minds 😉 …I just reupholstered a chair with that similar harvest gold velvet. Your rocker is so cute and l love the You Rock stencil you created with your Silhouette. I think I want one! Have a great day. x

    • Thanks, Denise! Ha ha not sure that beautiful shade of yellow will ever be popular again! Yes the silhouette is awesome! XOXO

  16. Julie Briones says

    Looks adorable… the black and white will coordinate in a lot of neutral rooms. 🙂 Sooner or later, I may need to invest in a Silhouette or Cricut. We’ll see!

  17. Robyn D Wright says

    SO much better! I like the black and white!

  18. What a sweet makeover & love the black & white seat cover. Will be keeping my eyes open for old bedspreads to remake into throws.Love that you can see beauty in just about everything.

  19. Love it! You Rock fits so wonderfully! Genius

  20. I love the rocker! I found one at AmVets last year for about the same price. It looked like someone made it and it was pieced together wood. They left it natural so you could see all the joints. I think that’s why no one was buying it, but I had other ideas. I loved the way the person did some scrolls on it. I painted it a cream color and pink for my granddaughter and wrote her name, Piper on the seat in pink. I gave it to her Christmas 2016. I thought I had saved it on my Pinterest board so you could see it, but I did not. Anyway, yours turned out great. I like the padded seat. Mine did not have that.

  21. It’s adorable! I got a Silhouette last year. I still love/hate it as I still have trouble figuring it out. You should do more tutorials on using it. I looked at the one you mentioned. That will help! ????But I need all the help I can get…they don’t give you enough directions!

    • Thanks, Cecilia! I don’t think it is very user friendly…you really need to watch a few videos, which I am terrible at lol. Once I figured a few things out though, it was easy to remember how I did it. XOXO

  22. I noticed that you stenciled the word rock in lower case letters, but your pictures show upper case. Did you change your mind?

  23. So cute, nice way to update it! That rocker looks well built too. Great idea on the bed covering to save it, i like it.

    • Thanks, Carrie! It is very sturdy for sure! I still have some of the bed covering left in case I find another need for a small piece of it later. XOXO

  24. Sherry Stuifbergen says

    You do have a great eye! I love the “you rock” graphic. Everything you do is one class act! I love to read what you are up to.

  25. Adorable l e! The little chenille throw is the perfect touch.

  26. My husband’s childhood rocker is in our garage waiting for a makeover. It’s exactly like that little You Rock rocker. Except it doesn’t have a seat because it was caned at one time, but ruined. I’m going to get him to make a seat like that now that I see how it can be done. Your makeover is perfect!

  27. Cornelia Short says

    I have a rocking chair that my Grandmother bought me when I was a toddler and I’ve always kept it in my daughters room, so it’s in really good shape. The seat is a tightly woven type, not sure what they call that type of seat but after seeing yours updated I think I might update my little rocker too!
    Also, on a side note, I checked out the Amy Howard’s paint/wax brush you use and I was really surprised at all the bad reviews that brush got ???? oh well I’m glad I didn’t purchase one but Thank you for the recommendation.
    Love your work

    • I’m so glad you are feeling inspired to update yours! As for the brush, I believe it was intended for painting, but I could not imagine using it to paint flat surfaces. I bet it would not get good reviews for that purpose, but I love it for painting all the ornate details on frames. It works amazingly well for that! 🙂

      • Cornelia Short says

        Thank you for the tip on the brush ???? I have a large ornate mirror I bought last year and I’ve been afraid to paint it which is why I looked at how you did your mirror.
        So, I’m off too buy the paint brush and thank you for the great tips on how to paint my mirror. I will take some before and after pictures ????
        Thank you