Rocking Chair Redo
One of my earliest memories is long summer days helping my neighbour with her annual garage sale. At the end of the day I received a few dollars and would lug home all that the wages bought me. I recall being baffled at the five-cent coaster and $2 vintage suitcase, wondering how she could just give away this great stuff.
A couple of weeks ago, I found myself wondering the same thing as I loaded a turn-of-the-century nursing rocking chair into my boyfriend’s Jeep. I still can’t figure out why anyone would get rid of this gem for a mere $30?!
I have since embarked on the journey of reupholstering…
Here is the chair as I purchased it.
You can see that the frame is in dire need of a facelift, and as for the cushion, let’s just say not even my cats have claimed it as a perch.
I’ve been pondering the idea of sanding down the wood and replacing the walnut finish with a coat of creamy paint. I’m thinking periwinkle or deep coral for the seat.
Here are some images I’ve collected as inspiration:
Before altering this vintage piece I am determined to brush up on the rules of restoring and preserving an antique. I intend to give it new life without sacrificing its character.
I think the final product will look gorgeous under the sloped ceilings of the century house my parents recently purchased. What a great home for it!
Check back soon to see if the piece was botched or restored…
For more great upholstery inspiration, read this blog post on Reupholstering Antique Chairs.