Rocking Chair With Grain Sack Cushion

A sad little rocker gets a much needed make-over...

It is always amazing what a little paint can do...

Using Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint 
by Annie Sloan, I was able to paint right over 
the existing white paint with no sanding or priming.

The first coat was a little scary, the color 
looked a little too bright for me... And can I 
tell you what a pain it is painting spindles? 

After another coat of paint and a couple coats of clear wax,
the color darkened to a beautiful shade of navy blue.

The next thing this little beauty needed was a chair cushion.

Using drop cloth fabric and painter's tape, 
I painted stripes to resemble grain sack across the fabric.

I made a pattern for the chair cushion using newspaper...

 I drew the pattern onto thick batting (that I removed from a cushion we no longer used) 
and cut it out.

The custom made cushion fit perfectly 
onto the seat of the rocking chair, and the grain sack stripes 
are just the right touch.

The make-over for this rocker is complete!

I love the color and design of this rocker and
I would use it in my own home in a second...

But this little upgraded beauty is going to school with me and will
be the new "teacher chair" in my classroom. 

Many a children's story will be read from this rocker.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. What a fun rocking chair. I love the blue, and the cute cushion just seals it off!

  2. The chair looks terrific! Love that it gets to go to school with you.

  3. Now to paint spindles use a sponge you can hold in your hand. Then put paint on hand held sponge and wipe the spindle. There they are done. Much easier.

  4. It's about time... the rocker looks really great. And I like the tutorial on cushion making, very helpful! Now, will you paint the rolling box? It was borrowed for a play and never painted back...

  5. The teacher who thinks out of the box gives kids permission to do the same. Excellent.

  6. I love how you painted the drop cloth to look like a grain sack, brilliant I say!

  7. pinning because I LOVE this rocker... the color, the cushion... everything about it!
    great job susan!

  8. pinning because I LOVE this rocker... the color, the cushion... everything about it!
    great job susan!

  9. That rocker looks lovely in your classroom...


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