Monday, December 10, 2012

Rocking Chair Makeover

Sometimes I really miss this girl...

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I was actually lucky enough to score this rocking chair via Freecycle. When I arrived to pick it up it was sitting on the owners verandah ( they were at work) and I was sure I was looking at the wrong chair. Surely there was another broken down, hideous chair that was the one I was supposed to take. But no, this was it.

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Her previous owner had almost done all the pre-work for me, having sanded back almost all of the wood work to makeover the chair themselves. Then life got busy, as it does, and they'd decided to pass it on. While the tapestry isn't my style, it did sit just like that for a while till I got up the nerve to have a go.

This was the first time I'd done any kind of upholstery, so the number of staples in the chair amazed me. I was wearing bandaids for two weeks after pulling the old fabric off, but she was worth it! Lucky for me the chair had been reupholstered before so I could clearly see how they had done it and follow along with their work.

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I took her along to my first market and she went home with a lovely girl who wanted her for a reading chair. PERFECT! And I got a follow up visit from her Mum the next market who said her daughter was loving her new chair :) She also told me the story of getting the chair back to their car - a hot day and long walk ending with carrying a rocking chair upside down on her head. Need I say more?

Here she is at the market - I put her right out the front of my stall to grab attention, and she certainly did that!

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I have to say this is one of my favourite fabrics, it's just beautiful and has a really lovely texture. Damask isn't really my go to (I love stripes myself ;) ) but this is gorgeous. What do you think?

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  1. Just gorgeous!! The damask really suits this style of chair so great choice! Question - how did you do the back of the chair? I'm curious as I'm trying to figure out the best way for a chair with arms :)

  2. Oh I love it, I am looking at doing the same to a chair.


    Creative Raisins

  3. Looks lovely and I can see why she sold quickly!

  4. Beautiful, I'm usually not a lover of the rocking chair, but you really "rocked" this one. Gorgeous!

  5. Beautiful work. You did a wonderful job on the rocking chair. The material you picked looks great with th style of the rocker.

  6. wow what a dramatic change! it was ugly to start but you made it gorgeous!

  7. I love the fabric. Nice surprise that it was already sanded! Band aids for two weeks makes me scared to do it!

  8. You did a great job! I'm planning a chair makeover for after Christmas. I've just got to do a little research and pick the perfect fabric first. :)

    I'd love if you linked up to my Show & Tell party this week.

    Merry Christmas

  9. I'm completely in love with how you updated the chair. :)


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