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.

Photo credits:
1-2. Floriana Paonessa
3. Eclectic Revisited by Maureen Bower
4. Hudson Goods
5. Orange Cashmere
6. Nooks & Crannies
7. Floriana Paonessa

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