Rocking Chair Redux

I have a small obsession with rocking chairs…antiques in particular.  Currently I have 5, but am only counting 3 in the column with my ‘obsession’.  One I bought from an antique shop on Ponce de Leon in Atlanta.  I literally saw it as I drove by & made it about a block before I did a U-turn & headed back to buy it (I also bought the ‘princess bed’ there, I’ll be sharing that when I get Em’s room done…don’t hold your breath, it will be a while).  It has this awesome squeak when you rock…no sarcasm here, I love the rhythm of the squeak when I rock Em in it.  It is an upholstered rocker, it really could use new fabric…but not enough of an emergency to move ahead of other projects.

Rocker #2 is from my Grannie…everyone calls it the ‘demon chair’ because it has a gargoyle carved in the back (to ward off evil spirits).  It is in pieces…desperately needs professional help.  I have to find someone awesome to entrust this chair with.

Rocker #3 (seen above) was given to us by my MIL…it was her grandmother’s.  I love it.  When it came to live at our house, the cushion was covered in a 70’s-esque goldenrod fabric.  Not the sort that made you nauseous…but was just not very…well…’me’.  You know I use The Nester for lots of decorating advice…her “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” has freed me to ‘go for it’ when it comes to making decorating decisions.

I have been scouring the internet and my favorite fabric stores for months looking for the right fabric to make pillows for my living/family room (we don’t have a ‘formal living room’).  I had nearly come to the conclusion that, within my budget, I was not going to find something…and was ready to move that little project to the bottom of The List.

So, I happened to drive by Hancock’s on a day my husband was working from home (therefore, there to meet the boys on the bus)…and decided to run in.  I always start at the drapery & upholstery remnant tables…I was delighted to find that they had lowered the regular price from $7/ yd to $4/ yd!!!  I immediately found this fabulous stripe…cream & light turquoise…nearly 4 yards!  It was upholstery weight, so perfect for my pillow project!  I then found a geometric pattern that looked AMAZING with the stripe…I wish there had been more, but I have enough for this project.  I was pondering what I would do with nearly 4 yards of that stripe…almost didn’t buy all of  it, but for less than $16 for all of it, I knew I should just get it all.  I was one happy girl heading home.

All it took was one look at that rocking chair with the goldenrod cushion, and I knew what I was going to do with that ‘extra’ striped fabric!

I fought with the staple gun…and enlisted the ‘expertise’ of my trusty side-kick (darling husband).  He informed me that I needed shorter staples (I totally felt blonde…at least I have the excuse).  He took care of it & in less than an hour we had that cushion covered!  Now, I will say that I had to repeat ‘it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful’ to him several times (he is a crazy perfectionist)…but with an uneven cusion shaped like a trapezoid…getting those stripes perfectly straight was not happening. 

I am beyond thrilled with the results!  Don’t laugh at the felt dots on my rocker bottoms :)…4 kids will etch a floor quickly!

Do you have a furniture obsession?  What is the piece you just can’t get enough of???

Today’s secret revealed…not only is the stripe fabulous, in my humble opinion, but it is also easy to clean…as I realized after last week’s W.A.C. where my daughter enjoyed chocolate chip cookies ;)…a little dab with oxyclean & the chocolate was gone!

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