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Child’s Rocking Chair Makeover ~ Farmhouse Style

One of my favorite posts each month is our Furniture Fixer Upper time. Nothing better than doing what you love with those of the same mind. Better yet, I get to share it with you! This month’s project is this totally dated child’s rocking chair I found at the thrift store.

Vintage Child's Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com

I literally laughed out loud when I saw this and then went, “awww…poor thing”. I kid you not that I believe every 80’s kid I know had this upholstery in their home at one time or another. Am I right?! hahaha!! Read more

Broken Chair Repurposed into Shelf

Put your hands together for Trash to Treasure Tuesday!! This is my favorite time of month where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take something that’s been cast-off and give it new life. We’ll get to their projects in a bit (plus a prize for you!), but first let me show you my subject for this month’s makeover. Would you like to see this broken chair repurposed into a shelf?

Broken Chair Before Repurposed Shelf | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

A few years back my best girlfriend said she didn’t have the heart to throw this thing out. Bless her heart because she knew I might like to have a try at it. Ummm…yes. I love a good challenge, and I must admit Read more

Rocking Chair Makeovers ~ Best of the Archives

It’s fun to take a stroll down memory lane and every Tuesday this month my blogger friends and I are digging into our archives and pulling out some of our favorite makoevers for Trash to Treasure Transformation Tuesday. For this week, I have decided to focus on some of my favorite rocking chair makeovers, including one in particular.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Some of my most coveted custom orders from my shop have been for rocking chairs for new moms or moms-to-be. What a true blessing that is to be able to help someone welcome a new person to the world. So when another request came in for an upholstered rocking chair, I set out to find Read more

Rocker Found Curbside turned Black Beauty

I’m doing a happy dance because today is Trash to Treasure Tuesday! It’s a fun time when I get to join up with my bloggin’ gals to inspire you to see past the junk and find the treasure beneath a thrifted goodie or curbside find. My trashure piece, a Bentwood rocker, was found curbside while on my way home from a garage sale. Check out my haul…

Seems you can find these Bentwood rocking chairs unwanted everywhere. You'll want to snag one up the next time you see it since who knew this curbside find could look so good? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Junky heaven, right? From the garage sale and only $10 later, I found some wood turnings, old rusty tools, salvaged rocking chair rockers, a vintage Read more

Reclaimed Game Table from Rocking Chair

Today is Themed Furniture Makeover Day, and is one of my favorite times of the month. Can you blame me? One of my passions are redoing furniture, and the fact that I get to do it along with the best in Blogland, just makes it all the more sweet.

Themed Furniture Makeover Day

ANIMAL is the theme for today, and I have to tell you that my project has been in my brain for two years now…yes, TWO YEARS! I acquired a broken down antique Morris rocker when I needed parts for a custom rocking chair I was working on. (Read the full story here to catch you up to speed)

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Over the years, I’ve used the springs to create Christmas tree toppers, the rockers to make custom signs, and the arm rests for a fun beachy project. I’ve made use of all the parts except the back rest, spindles, and the base. The back rest will be turned into something functional soon, the spindles I am waiting for the holidays to roll around. Here’s the leftover base:

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

There’s a piece of the other broken rocker, a remnant slab of first growth reclaimed wood we used to make these custom kitchen shelves, and the cast iron pieces that adjusted the rocker back. Arent’ they cool?

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

When I turned the leftover base upside down, I saw an animal. The legs looked like a hoofed animal, and what better time to get my rear in gear and do this thing up right than our makeover day? So, here we go…

I start by taking off the pieces that held the rockers on. That is some solid wood, friends!

An antique rocker base is the inspiration for this animal themed makeover. With recalimed barn wood and a pile of junk, it is now a junkified game table for Lego, chess, checkers...fun! by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces Read more

Shabby Chic Rocking Chair with a Twist

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.

Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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)
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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.
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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?
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
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.
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
  Vintage Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Do pin and share to inspire others to look at their current or thrift store furniture differently. Making you house your home doesn’t have to break the bank.
Vintage Bentwood Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.com
I’d love to hear what you think. On to the next piece!

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Outdated Side Table Gets a Vintage Chic Makeover Complete with Typography for Sewing Table Fun by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comCreate Your Own Repurposed Chalkboard Menu with Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Antique Rocking Chair ~ 1800’s Redo

I am the type of person that needs change to keep my brain alive and it’s fun to redo a piece of furniture, a room in my house, etc. and then keep the ball rolling. Sitting still very long is not an option for me, so I am always chomping at the bit. No surprise right? Here’s my latest project and antique rocking chair. To be exact, it’s an 1800’s Cochran Hand-Carved Rocking Chair.

When I first acquired this beauty she was missing her seat.  It once held a tooled leather middle and I really was planning on replacing the seat and tooling it myself. (Yes, I know how to tool a bit)

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesBut most veg tanned leather (the thick type of leather that is suitable for tooling)is an awful orangish color.  That type of leather can be stained, but I really wanted a light, contrasting appeal.  I just couldn’t see the chair with dark on dark.  I searched and searched for a creamy colored leather to replace the seat, but couldn’t find anything I liked.

Another treasure is that there’s a partial label left under the seat stating it was made by the Cochran Chair Co. Manufacturers of Cochran, Indiana. In my research, I found that the Cochran Chair Co. was in business from 1879 to 1983, and that if the chair was marked, “Cochran, Indiana” it was produced in the 1800’s.  However, if it was marked, “Aurora, Indiana” it was produced in the 1900’s.  Mine is an 1800’s gal.
1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesSo…I decided to do a faux grain sack seat using a cotton canvas stretched across, leaving the rustic nail heads exposed.
1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesTypically, you wouldn’t need any extra support if using the leather, but I decided to reinforce the seat with webbing and added a light cover to the bottom to cover all the fancy work inside.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesDid you catch the hand-carved part?  Eeek!!  Oh how I wish the furniture was given the detail and attention it once was bestowed.  Now all you see if particle board junk sitting curbside.  Yick.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCheck out the daintily turned spindles and the absolutely gorgeous patina.

1800's Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I just love how it turned out! Share it if you do too.

1800's Antique Rocking Chair Makeover with Grain Sack Seat by Prodigal Pieces | prodigalpieces.comThis lovely lady has sold within a couple days in my shop. Hooray!

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Upholstered Rocking Chair Redo

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.

Best of Trash to Treasure Transformations | Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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.

Curbside Rocking Chair Repair and Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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.

How to Upholster a Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comUsing 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.

Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comThe original fabric was faded and worn, but was gorgeous in its own right with the Art Deco design.  The spindles were the draw for me, and most importantly my client loved them too.

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!

Deconstructed Art Deco Rocking Chair Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comA couple of broken springs, but overall just needed some love.  So I replaced the webbing and burlap, and gave it some antique white chalk paint topped with a hand-rubbed wax.

Painted Vintage Rocking Chair During Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Back of Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comDon’t you just love how distressing brings out the detail?

Distressing Rocking Chair Frame by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comNext, 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.

Reseating Art Deco Rocking Chair Seat Springs by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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!

Ikat Art Deco Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

I love the blue Ikat fabric and the white frame just freshens up the entire look of the chair. Don’t you think?

Back of Ikat Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comTha the reproduction Ikat fabric chosen by my client was gorgeous and here’s what she said:

 “We got the chair yesterday and everything is seriously perfect!” 

One more look at the change…

Before and After of Upholstered Rocking Chair by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com…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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Art Deco Rocking Chair Gets a Modern Ikat Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Not long after I refinished this rocker, I found another candidate with this vintage Bentwood rocking chair and gave it an embroidered twist.

Outdated Bentwood Rocking Chair Gets Embroidered Makeover by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

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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Potential…Do You See It?

One of my latest custom orders was for another antique upholstered rocking chair for a mommy-to-be, and it needed some seat springs replaced.  (You can view my 3-step tutorial on how to reupholster a rocking chair here.)

I asked on Freecycle if anyone had any seat springs from an antique chair. I waited a day, but I had to get to started on the rocker, so went ahead and purchased new.  Having new springs was good, but I had to try to make them work with the framing that the chair currently had or else I would have to rebuild the whole bottom.

Wouldn’t you know that the next day (after I just spent a chunk of change on supplies to replace the springs), a nice lady replied to my request that she had a broken rocker that I could use for parts.  grrrr.

Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 An old Morris rocker – solid oak with awesome turnings, adjustable back, horsehair cushions, and plenty of springs that were exactly the same size I had needed.  Not really fixable unless you replaced the entire frame that had been cracked and broken in various spots. Oh well.  I was super-happy to have it anyway because who knows when I’ll need parts, right?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Getting rid of something because it’s broken just doesn’t happen around here, and most people would ask, “Now what are you going to do with a broken rocking chair?”  Tsk.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Do you see the potential?  I don’t want to give away my ideas on reusing this beauty (not yet), but wanted you to think of what could be done with this chair….or it’s parts. Hmmmm.  Any repurposed ideas?
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
In addition to the freebie, my hubby has come along side the don’t-let-things-go-to-waste philosophy and he has scored almost a dozen of these absolutely fabulous solid pallets made of cherry.  Yes!  Cherry!  I die.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
He gets a big smooch and I get the goods. Win – win, right?  Really though, he loves wood and respects it, so this was fun for him to begin to plan projects and dream – he’s a great woodworker.  How about you?  What would you do with them?  You can see my other trashure (trash into treasure) on this post.
Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
We originally were going to use them to replace our counter tops, but since I found some solid oak doors junking instead, we are going to put the pallets to a different use…we think.  What would you use them for?
So, here’s some food for thought: Not only can something be functional as is, but what else could it be?  How about yourself, do you lack the foresight to see what you could be?  We all have glorious potential and just need to look at ourselves a little differently to get the head-smacking realization that takes us to a new level.  God has gifted us all and it’s just a matter of tapping into those gifts.
Go ahead.  Take a look at your potential and challenge yourself to think outside of your norm.  Did I think I would be a homeschooling mother to 6 children with a business and a blog?  Nope.  But, am very glad I am and that I took chances to be one.
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Broken down antique Morris Rocker and salvaged hardwood pallets have potential - do you see it? by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
UPDATE: I’ve made use of those springs, the arms, the rocker, and the base, just click on each word to see! The back and spindles are coming soon…
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Create a repurposed coat rack using cast off barn wood and furniture pieces by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesRusty old farmhouse tools are perfect paired with reclaimed barn wood to make functional decor. Just grab a hanger, Ball jar, and a DIY attitude. by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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