While trying (and I mean trying… or in honest truth, actually secretly adding while trying..ha!) to work through my stash of projects, I finally decided to empty my brain of the plans I had to create a unique piece. Enter in this vintage Bentwood shabby chic rocking chair.
Pretty, isn’t it? Aaahh…my brain is now able to move on. I’m happy with how it turned out.
Here’s the before shots: (more like oops, forgot to snap a picture before I sanded and prepped and started to work)
This chair was in excellent shape with only some minor nicks that were easily sanded out, and the caning was firm and intact.
For some reason, the moment I got this chair, I kept seeing a cross-stitch loom in the caning. And, of course, it needed to be filled with some sort of shabby type design. Since I hadn’t done a shabby piece in a while (I’ve been a modern vibe for a bit), I thought now was the perfect time. Especially because our weather is lacking and I’m suffering from cabin fever!!
So after a couple coats of my favorite color chalk paint on frame and cane topped with a hand-rubbed wax, I grabbed my yarn needle and set to work.
Let me tell you that being 6 months pregnant and trying to embroider a rocking chair is not the easiest thing to do.
Just picture me on my desk chair next to the rocker, half-kinked over trying to reach the back with needle and yarn. My back and neck were killing me. But… I honestly didn’t notice too much because I was having fun!
Since the stitched design was happening on the front, I needed to dress up the stitch marks on the back. See my prego belly?
The backing added to the overall uniqueness of the chair, don’t you?
I must say that even though this chair was available in my shop, (SOLD) I would be perfectly happy to keep it because my kids and I used it for a while before working on it and it is oh so comfortable! It has the most wonderful rocking gait – long and smooth.
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I’d love to hear what you think. On to the next piece!