21 November 2008

Rockin' Reupholstery

Last year when my little boy turned two and had officially moved into a *big boy* bed it was time to return the crib to my friend who had graciously lent it to me when my daughter was born four years before. That also meant I needed to return the glider that she had lent me. Boy, was it hard to give up that glider! My children both love to be rocked and we had spent hours upon hours in that glider with my feet propped up on the matching ottoman. But it really did need to go...
Thus began the search for a new rocker, because my little boy was really missing it. Since I love to go antiquing I decided to start there and before long found a great little rocker. It's from the Victorian era (or so the antique mall owner said). It has a low seat, no sides, a beautiful pressed wood back and is remarkably sturdy and comfortable.
However, I hated the fabric. I know it's kind of cool retro, but it was faded and matched nothing in our house. So I decided to dig through my fabric stash (which isn't very big) and I found the perfect fabric! So with my fabric remnant, a staple gun, some inexpensive trim from Wal-Mart and a hot glue gun I went to work. I love how it turned out!!
I couldn't really remove the seat so the corners were a little tricky, but I think they turned out great. Then I simply hot glued the trim on each side, covering up the staples.
A very sweet little rocker. And my son still loves to be rocked in "his new rocker".

8 comments:

Betsy said...

You did a great job! A nice trash-to-treasure project! although, it really wasn't trash to begin with! :)

Edi said...

Looks great! We had a low seated, armless rocking chair that we were told was a "sewing" chair.

Song Lee said...

You are so thrifty. Perhaps we should call you Tres. Martha, your mom, you. All very Martha Stewart or should I say Martha Steward! ;)

Britt-Arnhild said...

My parents in law gave us a rocking chair when our oldest son was born, 26 years ago. I still love it.

Christy Lee said...

You did a great job with the chair. I'm always looking for ways to fix up the stuff I have or looking for stuff at the thrift shop to fix up! Thank you for stopping by my blog..I love your background too! LOL! Thanks for stopping by the holiday blog. I hope as time goes on I can fill it in with more fun holiday stuff!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

*~Christy Lee~*
*~Petals and Pine~*

Kari said...

It looks great! I didn't know you had tackled that. =)

Kelli said...

You did a wonderful job...it looks great!
~Kelli

Nana Trish is Living the Dream said...

You did a beautiful professional looking job! I love it. Thanks for leaving the cornbread dressing receipe. I hope to use it this week. I hope you have a great holiday! You got a wonderful looking chair.