Thursday, February 10, 2011

French Provincial Nursery Rocking Chair

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.

Nice legs

Im also linking this up to, you guessed it - Miss Mustard Seed's Copy Me Challenge. I figured if any of these projects say MMS it's definitely one with a distressed white frame & linen colored upholstery.

Copy Me Challenge

1 comment:

  1. Hi April, I found your blog this past weekend. I bought an almost exact duplicate of this rocking chair at a garage sale some years ago, and after finding your blog, I'm now re-energized to finish the project. I completely stripped all of the original fabric, springs, webbing, etc., from the chair...WITHOUT TAKING PICTURES! AAAAGHGHGHGH Did you happen to take pictures of the back of the chair where the materials meet up? The chair I have had nailhead trim on the back, as I remember. Is that what you used? Thanks for any help! Lisa