A Thing of Beauty has come to live at our house!
We found this antique rocking chair at Goodwill last weekend. It was marked $50--which was a GREAT buy! But it turned out that the whole store was about to close and move to a new location and so everything in the store was 50% off! And since we had donated some stuff out of our garage earlier, they had given us a coupon for an additional 25% off! We walked away with an antique oak rocker in fantastic condition for only $20!!!
It is made of beautiful quarter-sawn oak!
The lovely arms are smooth with wear.
The tips of the arms roll over gently into a carved scroll.
The seat has hand-tied springs that make for such a soft sitting!
The only thing missing is a little chunk of wood that has come unglued and fallen out at some point.
It should look like the other side. A little triangular piece of wood that was glued on and then cut to the curved shape so the arm didn't have to be made out of quite such a large piece of wood. I think I can carve a piece to replace it.
But in the meantime, this beautiful old rocker needs a nice reupholster!
I started by using my handy dandy tack puller---bought over 25 years ago when I reupholstered our first couch. It has proved a useful tool on numerous occasions for numerous reasons!
The outer decorative tacks just hold on the trim. Underneath are the tiny tacks that hold the cloth on the chair.
I was sure to put each and every tack into a bowl as I took them off. They hide in the carpet and are NO FUN to step on. This is the voice of experience.
Looking a little naked---but not for long, you Regal Old Lady!
I broke out my blue velvet. Bought at the Henredon furniture outlet store in North Carolina and still wrapped in the plastic from the movers---hauled with me each time we've moved! Because it is just too beautiful!
The same blue velvet that I covered pillows with 10 years ago.
Using the old material as a pattern, I traced around it with some chalk.
Then I cut roughly around my pattern---going quite a bit wider, so that I would have enough material to hold on to when I stretched and staple gunned it into place.
I laid the velvet over the seat and cut in diagonally on the corners to where my chalk corner lines were.
Folding the corners back on themselves, I carefully pulled the velvet around each corner leg of the chair.
Smoothed out the material, making a few adjustments and tiny clips in the corners until it set just right around each wooden corner leg.
I got out my handy dandy staple gun and went to work!
Pull and staple. Pull and staple. All the way around all 4 sides.
Trimmed off the excess cloth.
Added some trim back!
And Voila! A beautiful chair in a perfect corner.
Just in time for this Little Man!