Tiny Chair Transformation

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!

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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!

evelyns chair repair

After stripping, I spent a little time repairing the battered base of the chair.

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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.

evelyns chair padded

The previous wimpy padding just wouldn’t do. I chose to upgrade the foam for my special girl. Only the best will do!

evelyns chair process

I chose this fun cut velvet fabric from Duralee’s Beau Monde collection in Aquamarine.

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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!