You might remember a few weeks back when I did the post on my friend's daughter's French Provincial nursery furniture. Well, I wasn't able to finish the rocking chair in time for her to take it back home with her. So when I got the call that she was in labor & headed to the hospital, I figured it was probably a good time to start on the upholstery!
When Heather & I started looking for a good rocking chair for her we both agreed that the upholstered ones were a must for comfort, considering the amount of time she'd spend in it. She just didn't want to go with one of those ugly gliders. I saw this hot mess at my local ReStore & didn't really pay much attention at first. After a second glance I realized it had perfect lines to go with the French Provincial style she was going for, the upholstery didn't look like it would be impossible, & it was an antique.
Here it is after, yes that's my front porch it's on - like I said, Heather was in the hospital & at this point had already had the baby. So the chair was out front waiting to be picked up by her step-father-in-law (if that makes sense) who was on his way to see baby Madalyn.
You can't really tell in these pictures but the fabric was a linen color that complemented the white frame really well. It's also complimentary to the fabric she picked out for the bedding (which I will also be making & sharing in a later post).
This is my favorite part of the chair, the frame had such pretty details.
The wood frame was painted in a satin white that Heather had color matched to the crib she had ordered. I Antiqued it with Valspar's Asphaltum glaze (this is beginning to be a pattern) to highlight the turned legs & carved pieces.
The carving added enough detail to accent the other curved lines of the chair but was simple enough that it didn't look fussy.