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Sunday
Nov042012

Before & After: Rocking Chair with Stool

One of the final projects for the baby's nursery was to reupholster my old rocking chair and stool. The rocking chair has been around the block, but it's always been one of my favorite pieces of furniture. My parents had it in their college apartment and I grew up with it in my house (with a denim patchwork seat). Years ago, when I brought it to my Brooklyn apartment, I reupholstered the seat with recycled green leather. Now I'll be using it when I'm nursing the baby I decided I had to up the comfort level a little bit while coordinating with the nursery.

I added a big down pillow covered with Michael Miller Sorbet Spa Geo Coral fabric to lean on when nursing or rocking the baby (I also have a nursing pillow), and draped over the back of the chair a faux-sheep skin rug I got on clearance at Target.  I've always wanted a sheep skin rug, but I always felt gross when I saw the big bin of them at Ikea, so I was psyched to find an animal-free version for $20.

The stool I got for $4 at a yard sale about two years ago. It's been sitting in the basement since then waiting to be cleaned and re-laced. Buying new twill tape was expensive (I bought 22 yards, used about 20), but worth it to get the exact colors I wanted. I sanded the frame and stained it with a teak colored stain/polyurethane.

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