Friday, August 6, 2010

My First Baby Project

I happened upon a glider rocker during a community wide yard/curriculum sale.  I had wondered how I would get a rocker with such a small budget.  We had given all of our baby stuff away.  So, I have been piecing together a baby room, trying to be frugal.  You see I am 19 weeks pregnant, still trying to figure all this out.  Anyway, I was so thrilled to find this rocker for 20 dollars.  What a deal!  Take a look at the before picture!!!!!

It was a beautiful oak rocker but very outdated.  So, I thought hmmmmmm, what could I do with it.  I mean for 20 dollars, you just can't beat that!  So, here is what I came up with.  Check it out!  Here is my finished project!  Boy, do I love exclamation marks!

I primed the rocker, then painted it white with ceiling paint.  It is what I had left over in my garage.  I actually found that it covers brilliantly since ceiling paint is made to cover stains on ceilings.  It worked fab!

Then after painting it white, I decided to age this rocker and make it look rather farmish!  I took the sand paper to it and sanded a ton of areas to make it look used and abused.  I have to tell you, I wonder if there is a better way.  My fingers sure are sore and bruised!  I must add that I could not have finished this if both my sons, Trey and Graham hadn't helped me.  They did a spectacular job painting, sanding and brushing on the polyurethane.

Here is a smart picture of the rocker with its sand paper markings.  I wasn't quite happy with just the sanded white rocker so I took the advice of a friend who said I might take a tea bag to it.  I just added some hot water to a tea bag and as the tea bag released the dark stain, I sponged it on.  I had to work quickly so that it would be even.  It turned it from a white to a beautiful off white color.  Then when that was dry, I brushed on the polyurethane to give it a little glossy feel, just for comfort.  I had ordered the fabric from premier prints which will match my baby bedding.  It is a Robin's Egg blue and brown print, superb!!!!

My son, Trey, and I used a screw driver to pull out the old staples.  I then used the pattern from the old upholstered material to create a new pattern just by laying it on top and cutting around it.  I pulled out my handy dandy stapler and went to work.  Take a look at the bottom of the seat.  Instead of adding a skirt on the bottom, which I thought it would make it too feminine, I added a piping around the bottom to give it a more finished look.  I also added a brown large button.  The smallest touches add just the perfect solution to making it look fabulous, no, homey is the word I am looking for.  You see, I feel the need to get things done, if you know what I mean!!!  Now ladies, if I can do this, anyone can.  Well, I cheated a little bit!  My Mom came over and took the cushions and cut patterns from the cushions and sewed them up.  She did a phenomenal job, I might add. She also made the piping with the old plastic piping that we took out of the old cushions.  I feel so blessed to have her.  She is a super seamstress!  She is such a perfectionist that she is always saying, "I could never sew for anyone else because my work is not that good." But let me tell you, it looks great.  I hope you all have enjoyed my rendition of nesting.  Enjoy!!!!


Stephanie said...

I am impressed! There is nothing that I love better that redesigning, reusing, and recycling something! And your fabric is perfection! Do you know what you are having (because it seems a great neutral to me)?

I bet you have things all figured out already...but if you need something super cute for the baby room come and check out my new art line from The Fanciful collection! Sublime personalized custom art that coordinates with your nursery! I will even extend you the discount, since you gave me one!

twest70 said...

I am having a boy! Yes, it is a great neutral color. I am still working on a name. I will take a look at your fanciful collection. I know your work is beautiful!

Her Momma said...

that looks AMAZING!!! your colors are so serene; very pretty!

Jen said...

Wow ~ let me just say that this is SO inspiring. I have almost the same exact chair sitting in our "nursery" (no longer a nursery *sad*) and I hate to just toss it. The only problem is that mine makes horrible noises when it rocks. Anyway, I LOVE the fabric you used ... the chair just looks awesome!

Following your beautiful blog!
Happy Friday!

twest70 said...

Maybe a little oil is all that it needs! Don't toss it, sell it! I was one of those in need, so I am sure it will be perfect for someone. Show the person that buys it my post! Maybe they will give it some tender loving care! Anyway, thanks for the great compliments! Happy Friday to you!

twest70 said...

Thanks Her Momma also for the compliments! I am so glad you finally had Lovie! She is beautiful!

LRC said...

Hi, I'm a new reader :)
I am really super impressed by your rocker makeover!

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

Oh that looks great how you've done it.

Between You and Me said...

love the baby room!
can't wait to meet him!!!

Jenny said...

I just found your blog and I love the rocker makeover. i must admit, I probably would have passed that chair up but you made it look amazing. Great job! Looking forward to reading more. Congrats on your new arrival soon! What a blessing. And keep using those !!! they are fun and life should be exciting!

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