When a local plant nursery was going out of business a few months back, I stopped by and picked up a few plants, and some other cool stuff. One of the other things I picked up for $5 was this antique child’s rocking chair.
It was moldy and mildewed, and had definitely seen better days, but it was the perfect size for my niece, who is two.
When I got it home, I took the fabric off the seat and found this…
And below the “cushion”, the piece of wood was water-warped and crumbling. I didn’t take a picture of that, but it was kind of like finding an old sugar cookie all crumbly in the bottom of your purse. I took the entire thing apart, discarded the wood seat, then sanded and cleaned up the remaining parts of it. I had to make holes in the new piece of board, which I wasn’t sure I knew how to do, so I headed over to my friend Crickets house and we cut down the wood, and made two of the holes with the tools she had on hand. Then I headed to the Ace Hardware to buy the other drill bit to make the slightly larger holes. I know that it might not seem like a big deal to make a few holes in a piece of wood, but I was super excited to try a new tool, and add to my growing collection of tools. And the holes had to be drilled on a slight angle – and I did it right!! Pardon me while I pat myself on the back 🙂
Anyway… After glueing the pieces back together and letting them dry, I sprayed the new piece of wood with some Thompson’s Waterproofing spray before I put new foam and cushion back on. I figured it was a good preventative measure to take when you are talking about a kid’s chair. And given what it looked like when I bought it, it was a no-brainer. Then, I painted the whole thing with Krylon’s Ballet Slipper pink – as requested by my sister – and used a piece of faux cow fur to cover the seat that I had on hand. The cow fabric not requested by my sister, but I think it’s adorable and fun. I love how it turned out – and so does my niece 🙂
And so you don’t have to scroll back up to the top, here’s a before and after.
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