Monday, June 29, 2009

The Object of My Desire: Rock On!

Ever since I was a kid, my dad has been trying to get his grandmother's old rocking chair in working condition. He says she probably bought the chair in the 1930s, and since he's had it, it has never quite stayed together long enough for anyone to be able to enjoy rocking in it. It seemed like the slats were constantly falling out, and a piece of plywood was where a woven seat once was.

Despite my dad's talent for refinishing and repairing, this old chair never cooperated. And when it did for a period of time, it wasn't so comfortable to sit in. Mom tried to make it at least look prettier by dressing it up in frilly pillows and padding, but it just never quite worked.

Finally Dad took the chair to a professional who gave this old, wooden rocker a new lease on life. Not only did he fix the wobbly slats and broken arm, but he restored the woven seat to perfection.

For inspiration on how to refresh old furniture, pick up a copy of The Find: The Housing Works Book of Decorating with Thrift Shop Treasures, Flea Market Objects, and Vintage Details at Borders, Barnes & Noble, AmazonorPowell's.

Ready to rock and roll with the best of them!

Always Frugal, Always Fabulous!

The Elegant Thrifter

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