Monday, May 3, 2010

From Retro to Hello!

One of our dear friends gave us this orange rocking chair a few years ago. They were cleaning out a storage building unit and let us come rummage through before everything went to Goodwill or the dump. I was barely pregnant at the time (so barely that we hadn't told a soul) and in the back of my mind I thought, Oh, I could put this in the nursery!

It lived in our office for a few months. I got more and more pregnant. I would look at it, rock in it, and dream about our baby-on-the-way.

Then we babysat one of our friend's babies.

Not only did this puppy squeak to high heaven, it also "travelled" as you rocked. All things I hadn't noticed until I was trying to rock a fussy baby to sleep.

I knew that she was well-built and had so much potential so I couldn't just throw her away. But I knew for sure that I was going to be that mom who ordered the bland but quiet, stationary glider rocker. You do what you gotta do.

So I prettied her up using the same technique and tools I used to beautify my Lots of Potential Chair. Then I sweet talked my mom into helping me reupholster the cushions. $14 later, she was better than ever and she sold within an hour at a local baby consignment sale.

I'm really starting to love the glazed look but haven't attempted it yet. Have any of you tried your hand at glazing yet? I'd love some pointers!
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  1. I've worked a lot with the aged glaze that Valspar makes (if that's what you're talking about??).
    I usally paint on a layer of glaze, wait 30-60 seconds and then take a smooth rag and wipe it off. The important part I learned, that I don't recall the directions saying, is to wipe it off in the same direction. Hope that makes sense. You can see some of my glaze projects at

  2. amazing transformation! love it! thanks for sharing and entering the contest!

  3. Love the chair. You did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Oh I like how it turned out! It doesn't even look like the same chair!

  5. Cute! you should link this up to my upcycled Awesome linky party!

  6. Very cute and fresh looking. White was the perfect choice! Come and visit me sometime, I have some parties you may be interested in.


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