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Knocked down, stripped, sanded, REstained & sealed—

and REcovered at last!

Grandpa's rockers

Again~

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

It looks a little more “orange-y” in the picture than it actually is–lighting?  The first two rockers were red oak so I stripped, sanded and only seal coated.  This one the guys said was a white oak so I had to mix stains to get a color match.  I really LUV’d the natural, ashy color and would have preferred to only seal coat this one too, so~ bummer.
1- Not being a big Oak fan, the graining difference -red to white- was a real surprise.  
2- Back in the Day~ it was a common occurrence to use numerous woods in a project, then camouflage with DARK stain.  And all 4 of our rockers did “match” by color.

Here it is now!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*Notice the “extra heavy” on this grain sack!  ; D

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

The 1st and 2nd rockers were more of a “match,” as were the 3rd and 4th rockers–and that’s how I originally divided them with my mother.  I preferred, and took, the “thicker” seated rockers—but believe me, any one of them is SUPER COMFY to sit in & stay a loooong while!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

The view above shows the feed sack I chose just a bit more than the one below—it’s one of those common Fulton Seamless bags.  But I wanted this sack because it included the “extra heavy” –and I have a wicked sense of humor!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

*The 4th rocker (that I *foolishly* sold in the Rose Bowl antq market) also had a thicker seat -but with a lower back, but the poor thing was in such ruff condition.  Grandma padded and covered the whole back in a farm grain sack -so I never saw if it had simple slats or another split splat back design before selling.   Hey~the guys I sold it to were pretty excited to get it no matter!

~now, back to the table I’m in the middle of building. . .

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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Grandpa's rockersThere were 4 originally.

All slightly different, and yet, the same.

My grandma brought them together with leather, and eventually because of wear~she added some family farm grain sacks!   ~circa 1920’s

          Quick back story~
          She always had all 4 rockers gathered together in a simple vignette!  Sadly, as we cleared out the last of her house, no one seemed to want any of them.  Although they’re really not a design choice I would make–I took them.
          I took 2 home to Phoenix and left 2 with my mother.  They ALL 4 ended up in storage on both ends.  Eventually, I reupholstered the seat of my favorite and used it in the family room.  The other, I ended up selling at the Rose Bowl antq market in Pasadena.
          The 2 my mom had were still in storage when the tornadoes hit 4 years ago.  Yes, they were damaged—but it drew me back to them and to finally give them the LUV they deserved!

Here’s the outcome of REworking the 2 rockers my mother kept.

Grandpa's rockers

Well, you can see I brought my 1 back to REstore the “group!”

It just hasn’t had a full rejuvenationuntil yesterday!

Actually~ Wednesday night I knocked down the seat and ran it over to the strippers.  They did a fast strip-job for me and I picked it up first thing yesterday.

So Thursday was spent repairing a few areas, then sanding, REstaining to match the others and seal-coating.  DONE!

Today, I can reupholster the seat and call this a done deal!

See you tomorrow with its reveal!

Catherine

Grandpa's rockers

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

Grandpa's rockers~ the last one!

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https://freddyandpetunia.wordpress.com/2017/01/27/the-caned-chair-makeover/

Well Lisa— yes, I DID!

uh, yeah~this is gonna date me- and how LONG I’ve been doin’ this stuff.  I must digress a bit here first…
1999–it was one of my trips back here to my mother’s to visit AND work on a few projects for her—like,

building this banquette,

for her using a king sized headboard.

mom's kitchen banquette

ME~working on the banquette

Her city happened to be holding a big, organized “Charity Garage Sale”  in an old vacant downtown building.  Sounded interesting and of course I made a point of going!

I found & bought this beauty salon chair!  $5

THIS is NOT how it looked as I bought it~THIS was MY doing!

the $5 beauty salon chair!

the $5 beauty salon chair!~Best I remember, it was pretty disgustingly  D’ir-IR-t y.  Needing (gloves) an extreme cleaning before anything else could happen.

We’ve all dealt with something like that at some point, am I right?

What you see pictured was all my doing.  Once CLEANed, I could see the MANY screws holding it all together and took it completely apart to REwork.

I remember a suggestion to just spray paint the vinylwhich was somehow in amazing condition~protected by the filth?–but I was more interested in playing with this toile!  To keep things simple though, I did COVER OVER the vinyl.  Which also makes it water proof!

Originally I intended to sell it in the Kane County flea market~that we used to do!  the $5 beauty salon chair!Folks were ALL OVER IT but I realized I just couldn’t let it go!  So it went home to Phoenix with me and lived in my master bath.  It was a bougie luxury to sit in each morning doing my hair and makeup!

I brought it to my mother’s home a few years ago since I’ve somehow become her personal hairdresser –wt…?– and it makes the task easier.

And there it sits, in her kitchen.  The kiddos fight over who gets to sit in it—or should I say SPIN in circles!  And- it works well as a booster seat!

It’s multi-functional, and just a whole lot of fun!

Catherine

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the breakfast chair makeoverA couple of weeks ago

I started working on the

new caned chair

found FOR the breakfast table.  A close match to what will be its mate!
I knocked it down,
primed it,
painted it,
and then it needed set up time so I detoured into painting the LL/lower level.  With THAT project wrapped up
(Hooray!)

I’ve returned to the chair!

I removed its wool and taped off/covered the muslin before priming and painting.

the breakfast chair makeover

I’m using another of my grain sacks,

but the stripes were much too “bright” for me so I washed it with bleach a couple of times.  Although not super faded, it looks cleaner and definitely~ BETTER.

I used the former chair cover as a pattern!

*I also washed it after and set it aside for a future project—I orange and it has such a great patina!

using the original chair cover as a pattern & one of my grain sacks

Below, the original wool felting and muslin~all in GOOD shape!  YaY!

Wonderful surprise~it’s a Baker chair!  Well made from solid wood, but a little bit wobbly so I added screws to firm it up.  C’est la vie.

the "new" caned chair getting a makeover!

Surprise! It's a Baker chair!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REupholstering the caned chair with a grain sack

I was hoping for a chance to run off to beg Katie (my favorite professional Upholsterer) to run double welting for me.  I can run single welting but don’t have the right foot to run my own double.

Then I started thinking.  The soft wool welting cord that you sew the fabric around actually kind of “looks like” the grain sack.  Hmmmmm. . .

Why couldn’t I use it RAW and wrap it twice?  DOUBLE welting!

It’s not for sale~it’s for me, if it doesn’t wear well I can correct it later. Let’s do it!!!

using RAW wool welting cord

using RAW wool welting cordThis welting may be a test -but- I like it!

Mismatched pieces united by paint—and eventually ALL similar fabrics!
Yes~I still have work to do~

Catherine

*I need to clean the chalkboard wall from the kiddos at Christmas so mom can start drawing out the FAMILY TREE— the whole reason for the chalkboard wall!

the cane chair made over!mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

 

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

Just a small cozy breakfast space inside the kitchen.

mismatched but similar caned chairs, brought together with paint and grain sacks!

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the breakfast chair makeoverWhile I’m REthinking

that tray (not so) chic  fiasco,

I turned my attention to the “matching” caned chair found for mom’s breakfast table.

I grabbed my upholstery staple puller and wire cutter-pliers and got to work on knocking down the orange velvet fabric.  Its upholstery was done so well, I really took my time to study their job!
I was kind of sad stripping the orange velvet.  Aside from being dirty, the velvet was in pristine condition, has the best patina and a really nice hand.  I’m thinking I’ll wash it and try to REuse it in another project down the line.  AND~it is and always has been my very favorite color!
Did you know ORANGE is the color of CREATIVITY ?!?

ugh~trying to get the glued on parts off

Unfortunately, someone used some glue on what I’m guessing was a velvet padded back cover.  I seriously struggled getting the residue off.

BUT~ I won the battle with a razor blade, pliers, scrub brush, a n d  patience.

While I had the scrub brush going, I knocked off the small areas of thickly built up dust and grime, and just cleaned the chair WaY better this time around.

I LUV the seat—and YES, it’s as generous as this vantage point would suggest!

what a seat!

the breakfast chair makeover

You can see I taped off and covered the muslin before I painted it.  Gotta luv the many uses of Press N’ Seal!

I sprayed it with Kilz and left it to set up over night.  Tomorrow I’ll give it a top coat with a very soft white and give it another 24hrs to dry before I REupholster that seat.

Catherine

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trying to find some MOJOI’m still

DEChristmasing

the house.

With 3 floors—there’s a lot to do and I’m still tryin’ to find my MOJO!

All those Christmas cards need to come down off the framed vintage crib springs too.

Now -to me- except for the photo cards, the rest would be tossed.  But my mother keeps them all.  ALL.   -???-

Christmas card "holder" 2016

So~shortly after Christmas, while I was out running errands, I happened on these holiday boxes being clearanced for $4.  I thought the IDEA was interesting and her cards could be stored in it.  The EXECUTION however—Uuuuhg!

But it could be improved on!

a linen box for the holiday cards

I taped off the book page edges and “erased” their decorative finish with Kilz.

I gave it a couple of days to dry thoroughly, and this morning, brought it down to the LL dining table to cut and apply some linen.

I collect old linen from any source I can find it.  I even collect the hideous-ugly embroidered dresser scarves-table runners-table cloths -BECAUSE- there’s usually still a good amount of plain material left to be used in lots of projects!  And OLD linen is often such a better quality!

I wash it in hot water and over dry it in the dryer so it’s shrunken, has a tighter weave, and the fibers end up “fluffier!”  Same with matte lasse!  I LUV using these fabrics for projects!

"upholstering" a box in old linen

I used wall paper paste to apply the fabric.  I love spray adhesives and Mod Podge, but they don’t let you manipulate & adjust things while you’re working.  A really good wall paper paste will.  And even if it “bleeds through” your fabric, it will [usually] dry without leaving any marks.

applying the linen~

Once the linen was applied and dry, I switched to Mod Podge to get a really good bond turning and gluing those edges.  I also used the antiquing matte finish so the edges would have a little darker edging.

~Have you tried this one yet?  It gives your work an aged look!

I pulled some slight blue ribbon to trim out the edges of the lid—just for a cleaner finish. (mom favors blues and I had no green left)

~the edges of the linen covered box

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!
The cards can be put away discretely with her other books AND be available when she needs them next Nov.

I’m toying with some gold or silver leafed lettering down the spline just like any book would have. . . ehhhhh.

tbc. . .

Catherine

—now put those cards away.

A LINEN COVERED BOX for Christmas cards!

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~the legs cut down and reproduction wheels added!WAY back in March my bf found a couple of things in her local thrift store for me—for next to nothing!

THIS was one of the finds—. .. . .  a 1970’s little side table!

I can’t find the original picture so I’ll just catch you up as I’ve just now worked the project.

I cut the legs down to a good height for an ottoman,

AND, I added my last set of reproduction 70’s wheels!

Next up~ I wanted to upholster the top. I used a reproduction ticking.

I removed the top to get the best (and easiest) job done.  I padded it, wrapped it in batting, and finally, wrapped and applied the ticking—squaring off the corners.  Then screwed the top back on.

-padding & batting

-the ticking

A quick "ottoman" project!

I loved the finish of the wood,

and the cute drawer hardware,

(did I mention there was a drawer for storage?)

so this became a

very quick

makeover!

A girl needs that   once in a while!

Catherine

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