I actually really like dark wood, but this was in pretty bad shape and really needed to be freshened up if a tiny hiney was ever going to want to sit in it again.
Unlike the telephone bench, this took much less paint to cover than I thought it would. But I was only going for a shabby look, not a full coverage painting job, so that made it simple to just use up a partial can of white spray paint. I really love it when I use up partial cans of stuff.
For the cushion, I wanted to use some of the embroidery linens I find so often. I decided on a dresser scarf that was stained on one end, but had this large basket of flowers for it's main design. The cotton was a little thin, so I reinforced it with an old cotton huck towel. I starched and ironed the fabric, sewed the towel to the the dresser scarf, and stapled it to the seat of the rocker.
And that is how the ugly gold and brown rocking chair became the cute, shabby chic rocking chair.