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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rocking Chair Flair {Reveal}

On Monday, I posted a picture of my next little project that desperately needed a little TLC, Our Prairie Home-style.

This rocking chair is one of two that came out of my Dad's business office.  They had been there for years, even before my Dad's company was located there.  When the association moved the office my Dad brought these home, where they sat in the garage for a couple of years before my parents had them refinished.  As you can see, that's been a few years.  The stain was wearing thin in some places, dry rot was beginning to attack the wood, and the cushion is faded from sunlight.

Like with everything in my house that's wood (much to Scott's dismay with his manly stained wood fetish), I've been eyeballing it, wondering what I could do.

Yesterday, I stopped procrastinating and just went at it knowing that if I didn't, it would be relegated to the attic since it doesn't fit in with color or style I'm going for in our home.  

Honestly...  The colors are depressing.  

Sorry, Momma.  ;)

Since I ran out of ASCP with the china cabinet makeover, I whipped up a quick batch of homemade using "Cotton Balls" by Benjamin Moore.

What a difference.

And you know me with "making things look old", as my little Eva calls it.

Personally I don't think there's anything wrong with adding a little...

to emphasize a piece's lines and give it a little character.

I mean there's BAD wear and tear, like so...

that makes you want to stick it where no one can see it.

And then there's wear and tear with style...

that can be achieved with a little paint and a light waxing.

One thing I've learned over the last year is to:

Because when I saw a pretty umbrella displayed at Walmart on Monday, I wondered if there was possibly a cushion in the outdoor section to match it.  Who cares if its indoor/outdoor fabric?  

That'll just hold up better to the 
beating my kids are sure to put it through.  

And who says pillows in the bedding section must be used in the bedroom?

And in the end it's such an utter improvement that it just makes me want to...

Or maybe do a little happy dance.  :)

xo y'all,


Fox Hollow Cottage said...


All "Miss Fabulous Makeover Queen".

It is breathtaking. Love it.
It's just wondeful and gorgeous.
You worked your magic again ;)

Hugs!! Lilo

art is beauty said...

Slow down woman..I can't keep up with you...you are putting me to shame..:)
I just love it and now want one of those too...

Hugs on the great makeover

Tanya said...

Wowza Lady...you are on a roll with all these makeovers =) Ah, it turned out fabulous! Love love it! Gonna share this on my FB page!

~ Tami said...

Great job Laura. I am looking forward to my first attempt at home-made chalk paint really soon! Thanks for the inspiration!
Tami @ Curb Alert!

NanaDiana said...

Laura- That is a gorgeous old chair and you did a wonderful job giving her new life! I absolutely love not only the painting job but the new cushion! xo Diana

gertie @ The Old Block House said...

Looking awesome! I love what a good coat of paint will do to an old chair.

Jessica Kielman said...

Gorgeous! I love how it turned out...so what is your chalk paint secret? I am loving mine, but am curious about what other peeps are using!

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Bliss said...

You got the eye. And I don't mean stink eye.


The Lytton Life said...

Sooooo adorable! I have a similar rocker that has been in the family for awhile. My hubby is in love with the wood.....but Im determined someday to transform it into something lighter. Love it. Found you through your linky at 'Primitive and Proper'.
-Your newest follower

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! such a difference! totally up to date now and gorgeous!

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Love the cushion too... delectable! :)

Tausha said...

Great makeover! I love the dimension that the sanding adds. Also loved what you wrote about thinking outside the box. So true my friend. Thanks for the inspiration!
Have a happy weekend!

Kristin @ Brilliant Like Fireflies said...

Lovely! What a wonderful "new" rocking chair.

Claudine from CondensedLoveHome said...

This is my first time in your blog, I love this chair!
I have to figure out how you painted it. Did you say you MADE chalk paint?
I use ASCP and my guess is I could use pure white and light wax to achieve similar results... but I love YOUR white.
I will check your blog to see if I can find your paint recipe. Cheers,

Michele said...

Rock on, Laura. The chair looks great now. You did an excellent job.

baby gifts said...

A rocking chair is perhaps the most comfortable type of chair available on the market. However, going to the store and buying the first rocking chair that you come across is not the right way to choose one.

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