Post # 1
I’m having a bit of a dilemma over some furniture for our baby’s nursery. When my parents moved like four years ago, my mom was going to get rid of the old rocking chair she got when I was born. And I freaked out and told her not to and that I wanted it when I had a baby. Then I promptly forgot about it, till now that I’m actually having a baby and my mom keeps reminding me I can come pick up the chair anytime, and she’s excited about me using it. Well the thing is, now I’m not too excited about using it – I don’t really know what I was thinking. Guess I was caught up in the nostalgia factor, but the chair is…not cute, to put it lightly.
Do you ladies think it’s worth fixing up? Any suggestions on how to do that? It’s in pretty good shape, I just don’t love the way it looks, it doesn’t really fit at all with the cute, colorful nursery I have in mind. But I really don’t want to hurt my mom’s feelings!
I don’t have a picture of the exact chair, but it is very similar to this. Exact same as far as coloring and material goes.
Post # 3
So many possibilities! I would for sure fix it up.
Firstly it would need a good sanding down, and then painting it white.
As for the seat and the back, I would look into the possibility of upholstering it with material to match the rest of your nursery.
Post # 4
@Cariad: That’s a good suggestion, I should probably get it over to my house soon and start on all that while I still have time. I agree that upholstering the seat and back would make it a lot more appealing, I’m just a bit more apprehensive about that than painting it, because I have no clue on how to do that! Hoping I can find a good DIY instruction thing somewhere on how to attach upholstery to this particular material.
Post # 5
@Wonderstruck: I’d hand sand it and stain it to bring out the wood grain. You can stain in colours these days. I also agree with the idea of adding fabric, but I’d do it by creating a chair pad that ties on and has a removable cover. It would make baby messes very easy to clean up. Remember not to replace the woven seat or back unless you know how to make an equally strong one to replace it.
Post # 6
@takemyhand: That’s a good thought, thank you! I found a blog that gave pretty good instructions on upholstering this style of chair…but it involved cutting the woven cane completely out of the chair, and the idea of doing that makes me incredibly nervous! So I really like the idea of the chair pad.
Post # 7
I love it!
I’d either sand it back and stain it, or paint it white, depending on the other colours you’ve got going on in the nursery. I agree with with chair pads too, easy to change when they get a bit grubby, and could also have different colours/themes as your LO gets a bit older, maybe?
Post # 8
I actually think that chair is great. I would either paint it or restain it in something other than a high gloss stain so that it will seem a little less 1980s, but the cane could add a lot of cool texture to a room. Now, how comfortable it is when you’re sitting with a baby is another thing…
Post # 9
Don’t update this! Do you know how much it’s worth?! It was “on sale” on fab.com last month for $1200. just in googling around trying to find one I’ve stumbled across so many people who don’t know what a find they have!
Post # 10
check out betterafter.net for inspiration!
I recently redid an old dresser using rustoleum’s furniture transformation kit (although google tells me I could have done it cheaper by buying the ingredients separately). it was fun but time consuming. there was no sanding, just scrubbing using liquid sandpaper/deglosser, so that may be an option here.
Post # 11
@Coopsadaisy: This! This!!!
Don’t touch it! Get a bright pillow and keep it the original stain and appearance! I am speaking from experience with inheriting family furniture of various conditions– if you paint it, antique it, anything, you will kill the value of this piece. I tried stripping off the paint from a similar style chair that my aunt painted when she was 16, ended up getting ill from the fumes and paid $600 to have it refinished back to what it was before.
You have a piece of family history and they don’t make rocking chairs like that anymore! Don’t do it!
Post # 12
I would leave the wood as is so if you want to resell it as an antique you could. For the seat and back I would do cushions that match your nursery colors. Nice wood and color can go together really well.
I know these aren’t the same style as your chair, but I think they show how a darker wood finish and bright baby friendly colors go so well together. Good Luck with the project!
Post # 13
I have an old rocking chair that I will update when we have a baby. I bought it for $29 dollars at a flea market. It will be work to fix it but once done lovely. I look forward to see some updated pics. I am not pregnant yet, so our task of updating our rocking will not happen for at least 6months + as we are not trying until after our wedding in Jan 2013.
Post # 14
I just snagged a rocker like that at a flea market for a wicked good price. The chair is bentwood, and ones in good condition from the 1980s (which I’m assuming yours is) can go for $150-$500. The one I bought had been previously upholstered, so we’ll refinish it when we finally have kids. I actually really dig the lines. It’s a traditional shape made down south for the past ~120 years or so. The ones from the 1890s can go for $1000 or more! The wood isn’t great on mine, one of the arms is loose, so we’ll probably sand it down and restain it with a clear coat or something, fix the arm & add new fabric. Here’s a neat guide to bentwood rocking chairs: http://www.bedroomfurniturespot.com/bentwood-rocking-chairs-guide
Mine looks like this: