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Nursery Project 3: Rocker


Ok, I thought maybe the dresser was going to be my favorite nursery project, but that is definitely incorrect. This is by far my favorite. I am in LOVE with this chair. First of all, I got it for free! And free is my favorite number. I didn't think it was too bad looking when I got it, but now that I'm looking back on the before pictures, I'm realizing it was pretty hideous. The worst part was definitely the fabric. It was pretty awful. But another thing I really didn't like were the 4 spindles on the top. Those got chopped off right away.

The first task was painting. But before we could do that, like I mentioned, we cut off the spindles, and then did all of the usual sanding. Painting this chair was pretty difficult because of all of the curves and spindles. We primed it the best we could and then spray painted it. I think it took 3 cans of spray paint.

Next, was the sewing. This was the really difficult part. But before I could do that, I had to pick out and buy the fabric. I had a seriously hard time choosing the fabric for this chair, because I really wanted to love it. I went to 4 different fabric stores, and spent at least an hour in each one. I actually found this fabric in this first store I went to, but didn't end up buying it, for about a week. It honestly took me that long to mentally decide that this was the fabric I really wanted.

Looking back, I'm really surprised that I thought I would be able to do this project. It was definitely the hardest sewing project I've ever done. I had never done piping, fabric buttons, or zippers, and this project had all three (clearly, I'm not a very experienced sewer. I mostly stick to sewing straight lines if I can...). I'm just lucky that my wonderful friend Melissa was willing to help me. She helped me draw out patterns from the old fabric, cut out the material, sew the zippers, and taught me how to sew the piping. I couldn't have done it without her!

I'm in love with how it turned out. Can you be in love with an inanimate object? Because I love this chair. It was definitely a labor of love. I think this whole project ended up costing about $70-$80. The fabric was about $35, and I have plenty of extra (I always buy too much fabric, better safe than sorry though, right?), the button kits, piping cord, and zippers were about $30, and the paint was about $15. Those are rough guesses from memory, but all in all, I don't think I could have found a rocking chair that I like this much for $80, so it is definitely a win!

This was the biggest project on my Get-Ready-For-Baby To Do List, so yesterday when I finished I whispered to my little baby girl that she is officially allowed to come out  now that it's done (even though there are still a few things left on the To Do List). So anytime now! I'm ready!


  1. holy cow! i am so impressed. i love how your chair turned out!

  2. Wow, you're amazing! Seriously wish I had furniture covering skills. It turned out beautifully!

  3. I have that same chair - did you take any pictures while doing the pack cushion- i am stumped at how to take it apart and resew the side flaps?

    1. I'm working on a very similar chair. I have found that it has to be hand sewn, the flap part in the back. Unless you have a industrial sewing machine then that could handle a top stitch to secure the side flaps.

  4. My daughter has the same chair and I offered to reupholster it (too expensive for her, as they are not well to do). I'm new at this (I do quilts). She has a new baby on the way. Thanks for the ideas. Do you remember how much material you had to buy? She said someone she talked to about doing the job told her to buy 4 yards. Does that sound right? She's in GA and I'm in LA going to head there with my sewing machine in few weeks and will work on it then. Any advice would be appreciated!


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