Renovating the 100 year old farm house my mom grew up in – making it a place for us to grow old in.

The third rocker in my life came to me from my other grandma who also passed not long before my mom’s mother passed. Both of my grandmas out lived their men by many many years. I have now lost all of my grand parents. What can I say? It was a very hard year. As I mentioned in the top of this post the old rocker is carved and ornate as all get out. I ripped all of the upholstery off of it and found that the “wooden” seat that would have been there had been replaced by a whole hellofalotta fabric and straw. Ugh. I ended up buying a couple 8 foot pieces of 1/4 inch by 2 inch board (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was probably some kind of trim…), cutting it and creating slats on the back and the seat. From there I purchased myself my first glue gun, a decent stapler and finally found some fabric I liked. I’m still not positive about the fabric and if you look at it you can tell that the seat is crooked… but for my very first upholstery project I think it came out pretty good! I also sanded the chair down, stained it and put on a satin water based poly so it would be protected but not shiny. It isn’t as dark as I wanted it either but I guess I’ll shut up about it. One day I might redo this.

An old rocking chair upholstered and refinished from

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