Monday, June 29, 2009

Metamorphosis Monday Rocking Chair blues

I'm participating in my first Metamorphosis Monday. Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting such a fun party. Be sure and check out the amazing transformations by going to Susan's blog and following the links.

I have picked up a new habit lately...yard sales. I was blissfully ignorant about the wonderful things you can find at yard sales...I didn't have time to go to yard sales, I had other things to do and besides I didn't need or want someone else's junk. What an idiot! I've been awed and inspired by some of the eye popping finds and amazing redos out there in blogland.

This is my second weekend in a row, where I have gotten up with the chickens and headed out in search of hidden treasures. One of my finds this week was this antique rocker. I fell in love with it and knew it would fit beautifully in my Master bedroom, with a little tweaking. I picked up some upholstery fabric at Hobby Lobby (on sale this week at 30% off) in a gorgeous pale blue color to match the chocolate and blue color scheme and ta-da, a new favorite place to sit is now housed comfortably in my bedroom. I've always been a rocking chair lover...I have an old bentwood rocker (I really do) that my two daughters were raised on as well as all of my Grandbabes. Now, I have something more comfortable that I can look forward to continuing my rocking career with my new Grandbabe ("little don't know you yet", due on my husbands birthday in December).

The rocker was covered in an ivory fabric with a pale blue, green and pink striped/crisscrossed pattern. The lady who was selling it had used it in her nursery and it had recently been stored in the garage.

I thought about refinishing the wood, but the more I looked at the deep molasses color, the more I liked the character and decided not to change it. I think the darker wood is a better fit with my bedroom furniture.

Since I am not experienced with recovering anything other than the fabric on my dining room chairs, I am pleasantly surprised at how beautifully this sweet little rocker turned out. It only took me about 4 hours to recover, and most of that time was spent removing the 993 staples that was holding the previous fabric.

I'll post pics of my other finds, later this week. For now, I'm still rocking.

All the best,

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mary'smom said...

Beautiful! What a wondeful job on the fabric redo! Very professional looking!

marty39 said...

Love the new rocker and the fabric you chose is gorgeous. You did a wonderful job recovering it. I have never tried to upholster either, so big salutes to you. It turned out lovely. Hugs, Marty

Robin said...

I love it!!!! I think the finish is perfect!
Happy Rocking...
All Things Heart and Home

Lynette said...

Love the new fabric - I've never tried anything more adventurous than re-covering my DR chairs either - so kudos to you!!

Thanks for stopping by today - come back anytime - Happy Monday!

Blue Creek Home said...

Hi Anita, I am so glad you came for a visit. Thanks for leaving a comment. You did a great job recovering the rocker. I think leaving the wood dark was a good choice.

MelanyTN said...

Wow! Rock on! That is a GREAT rocking chair and I love the fabric and the pillow combo. It looks beautiful!

p.s. thank you for stopping at my blog. nice to "meet" you! :)

Renee said...

Wow! My first thought is that "People can do that!" I mean, there aren't little upholstery elves who do this kind of thing? :-) Metamorphosis indeed. Enjoy your new find.

Carol said...

You did a fantastic job!

Brenda said...

I like the dark wood. So many paint everything white and distress it. But sometimes I just like it the way it was made to be. And I like this!

Traci said...

I love this rocker, and I am so glad you didn't change the color of the wood. It's absolutely perfect! So rich and dark! You did a great job reupholstering it too. (did I just butcher that word?)
I know you will enjoy that rocker for many years to come.
I've been a yard sale addict since I was a child. It's in my blood! Welcome to our crazy world!
Thanks for adding my button! Now your name has been added to each drawing TWICE for the whole month!

Renae said...

Wowsers! You did a spectacular job! That is something I am a wee bit sceered to try. I love the nailhead detail!
Blessings to ya!

susan said...

If this was your first attempt at uphostery you did an amazing job! I don't have the nerve to even try. I love your fabric--great deal!

Shelia said...

Your rocker turned out fabulously! I love the new fabric and you did an excellent job on recovering it! I like the wood too! It looks perfect where you have it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Linda said...

You did a fabulous job! Way to go! I'm working up the courage to try some recovering, and you've inspired me! Linda

Kim said...

Fabulous!!! It turned out beautiful.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Hi Anita, I am soooo impressed that you did this yourself...WOW! Look how great it turned out! Awesome...and I love the fabric you chose! Great Met Monday post! :-)

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Oh, I love the upholstering job you've done! Great job.

Kammy said...

O.K. Anita....I added my name to be a follower-
You are so sweet to do a give away !
Please put me in your drawing !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Really Rainey said...

You are so brave to have even attempted this project! It came out fantastic... my gosh I love it! Stop by my blog for my 100th post giveaway if you get a chance!
Have a great week!
~Really Rainey~

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

What a great find and you did a nice job of fancy-ing it up!