When I became an upholsterer, my family thought that they had hit the jackpot. But they soon realized their vision of having their own personal upholsterer was just a pipe dream. After three years at Spruce, I have finally completed an upholstery project for a loved one. I found this adorable vintage rocker at Vintage Tobacco Barn in Asheville, N.C. during our recent book tour. When I first saw it, I knew I had to snatch it up and make it new again for my sweet godchild, Evelyn. And that is exactly what I did!
I was pretty shocked when I began to strip this little guy. The previous “upholsterer” chose to use poster board in place of webbing and opted for adhesive tape to secure the foam. Yikes!
After stripping, I spent a little time repairing the battered base of the chair.
Before I padded the chair, I decided to write my “sweet, sweet Evelyn” a little note. Perhaps one day she’ll have this rocker reupholstered for a child of her own and discover this message.
The previous wimpy padding just wouldn’t do. I chose to upgrade the foam for my special girl. Only the best will do!
I chose this fun cut velvet fabric from Duralee’s Beau Monde collection in Aquamarine.
All this rocker needed was a little paint, some elbow grease and a perfectly sized little girl to sit in it. I am happy to report that Miss Evelyn has been putting her rocker to good use, enjoying her morning chocolate milk and rocking her baby dolls. Tiny furniture is the best!