Monday, July 9, 2012

Antique Child's Rocking Chair



Say hello to the newest member of our household:


It came to me from a co-worker (who lives in an awesome plantation home) like this:


She said she got it in Carmel in the early 1990's. She always wanted to re-furbish it, but never did. I looked online for some type of database that would tell me when it was from, but could find nothing like it anywhere! 

Her daughter, Emily, is my student and etched me a great little keepsake in the arm rest:


No worries, though, cause I sanded it down and primed it with Kilz. 
Then I painted it Benjamin Moore's gorgeous "Hollingsworth Green." 


One coat in:


I had great plans for its new cushion. It came with part of one, but it was ripped and falling apart. I found a mud-nest thing in it, so I decided not to salvage it.

First I measured out the cushion area and the fabric and tacked on white pom pom trim and XL rick-rack:



Next I cut out foam from an old bed foam cushion thingy and made a pillow insert. I wanted the structure of the foam, combined with the cushion of the pillow. I made the pillow insert out of an old towel so it wouldn't slip around inside. It's filled with just basic pillow filler. 



It's got great quirky lines, doesn't it?
Ivy is obsessed with it. So am I.
I put a few new springs in it, just cause it was missing some and the old ones were really oily and dirty. 
Ivy loves to rock on it. I've caught her singing "Rock-a-bye-baby" quite a few times while holding her Sissy doll. 


 I had those two colors of XL rick-rack left over from the photo-booth backdrop I created in January. (See post here.)


Aloha,
Becca and Ivy



27 comments:

  1. What a great refinish, I have never seen a rocker like this one. Any idea how old it is?

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    1. Hi Betty Lou. No idea! It almost looks like a custom project.

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  2. masterpiece!

    stop by if you have a moment as i just posted a giveaway:
    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/07/summer-sale-giveaway.html

    smiles to you.

    michele

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  3. You did a wonderful job refinishing it and the cushion is perfect! Ivy seems to love it!
    Thanks for sharing.
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  4. oh how cute is that! the pom poms are the crowning touch- and what an adorable little girl, too! :)

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    1. Thanks Cassie! When I saw the pom-poms, I knew I needed to have them!!

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  5. What a wonderful little piece of furniture to inherit! And you did a great refinish job! Oh how I wish I could find one identical to this for my new granddaughter!
    JoAnn

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    1. Thanks JoAnn. I'm so blessed to have gotten this.

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  6. That is adorable! I am your newest follower!! :)

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I love new followers! Thanks for commenting and stopping by!

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  8. It is adorable, and love the fabric you used on it with the pompoms. The chair really has a lot of character, and makes a great kids chair! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best! PS - following you on GFC!

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    1. Thanks for having your party, Cathy!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sharon. Love your blog!

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  10. What a perfect chair for a cute little girl. Thanks so much for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Hope to see you tomorrow.

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  11. Really cute project! Thanks for linking up to Super Sweet Sunday!
    Stephanie@swtboutique.blogspot.com

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  16. The results of the happiness of the little girl are well worth all your love and patience you had put into refurbushing that lovely chair.

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