My style is typically French farmhouse / shabby chic / cottage, but I seriously dig the lines and design of the Mid Century Modern era, like the console and Brasilia chest of drawers I’ve done. When my kids are watching flashback episodes of The Brady Bunch or Benji, etc. I’m gazing at the wonderful furniture that is featured. Do you do that? Let me show you my Mid Century Modern dresser makeover in honor of those awesome times.
Now, I have never really said this before, but it is very hard for me to paint wooden furniture at times. I grew up in an absolutely gorgeous log home (a dream home, actually) set in a state park, and I was taught to appreciate wood in its natural state. Once when I was painting a truly gorgeous piece for myself that wasn’t completely made out of wood, I had to keep telling myself, “It’s okay, it’s got some pressed board” over and over again. Ha! I will say the “pain” has worn off to an extent, but when you see this next piece, you will understand why I can’t bear to paint everything I get. Enter in this gorgeous bureau…
I hit this bad boy with my favorite sander like none other, and it totally paid off.
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When I found my first upholstered rocking chair face down, curbside, and broken, I had no idea how popular my rockers would become. Today, I’m sharing this makeover for our Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday, so be sure to check out all the projects at the end by my blogger friends.
This first one was a gorgeous antique with swan’s head arm rests and intricate carvings. My husband perfectly remade the back leg, and I upholstered the chair, making it as good as new. The original finish was already perfectly distressed and needed nothing.
My next rocking chair was from a garage sale where the curves are what beckoned me to bring it home and rescue it from the fabric it was wearing.
Using this rocker, I wrote tutorials on how to reupholster & paint a rocking chair. Check them out if you’d like to know some basics!
This particular rocker sold within a couple of hours of being listed in my shop, and I have had over 20 requests for another. So, I am constantly looking for another candidate because there are a ton of mommies-to-be that are asking for one.
Do you know how hard it is to find an antique upholstered rocking chair? If I was looking for a solid wood one, no problem. The upholstered part is the key because every mom knows how much a soft, comfy chair is needed to rock that new baby in.
After getting another request, I went on a hunt and found this beauty on Craigslist.
The story behind this rocker is the lady who owned it bought it from an estate sale from a grand home in her neighborhood. Although she owned several rockers, this one was her favorite because her colicky son would only be calmed by the rocking of this chair. You see, the rockers are smaller, creating a shorter rock, which soothed the baby like none other. She even said she would have strapped it to her car and taken it everywhere with her if she could.
He’s in college now and it was time for this chair to belong for a new little one and the mommy-to-be.
Time for the face lift!
Next, came the springs. Originally, tried to find replacements online and even asked on Freecycle, but time was sparse. I went ahead and purchased new. Do you know as soon as I placed my order I received a response from a lady on Freecycle with a rocker that had the exact size springs I needed. Isn’t that the way it always works?
Oh well. If you’re looking for how to replace coil springs in the seat of a chair, you need to check out the tutorials from Design Sponge on how to construct coil seats. The seat was better than it ever was by the time I was done.
Let me just say I had hard time getting my rear end out of that chair once it was done. With the new springs, foam padding, and batting, it was soooo comfy!!
Here it is!
I love the blue Ikat fabric and the white frame just freshens up the entire look of the chair. Don’t you think?
“We got the chair yesterday and everything is seriously perfect!”
One more look at the change…
…aah…so much better. Funny thing is I found out I was expecting our sixth baby, and had no idea the roller coaster ride I was about to be on. Amazing how life changes.
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Not long after I refinished this rocker, I found another candidate with this vintage Bentwood rocking chair and gave it an embroidered twist.
I currently have another upholstered rocking chair awaiting a makeover in my stash. Hmmm…what will it become?? Follow along to see. Sign up for my newsletter to get updates, my FREE Furniture Buying Guide, plus a discount to my shop.
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It’s always fun to redeem a piece of furniture or make cast-off items into something useful, but do you ever have one that just screams at you the instant you see it? Sometimes while perusing Craigslist, a listing will just make me sit up, make my pulse start to race, and I begin to pray that it isn’t already taken while I grab the phone and dial! This Art Deco dressing table was the one that did that to me.
$50!!!! Do you see why?