We are slowly getting settled into what still feels like our new home, even though we have been here now for about 3 months. We quickly realized that we have a lot of vision for this house and that we need to pace ourselves and allow it to be a work in progress. Jesse and I both enjoy house projects and it’s something we can often do together, but we both have the tendency to want to get everything done now… and unless we want to drive ourselves crazy and be working all the time, we need to choose to take it all in stride. Not always so easy, but totally necessary and for us, its been a good lesson in patience and contentment.
Our friend recently moved and gave us an old rocking chair that she didn’t want anymore and one that needed a new cushion. We really liked the rocker and how unique its shape and size was, so we were up for trying to reupholster it. We currently don’t have furniture for what will be our living room, so we were excited to start small and begin adding some pieces to the room.
With most projects like this, it took a bit more time than we had thought, but we are really happy with how the chair turned out and the time was totally worth it!
We purchased some fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric, upholstery tacks, a little trim piece for the front, foam for the cushion, and some batting.
It was our first time reupholstering a cushion with springs (we have only done kitchen chairs before). The seat springs were already tied, but some had broke since the chair is so old. So we tied up the springs to keep them from poking through when you sit down. We added an extra layer of fabric to contain the springs, and then placed the foam piece and batting over top. Then it was staple gun time! We staple gunned the fabric, rotating to each side every few staples to keep the pulling of the fabric even. Then when the stapling was done, we trimmed the excess fabric and added the trim piece to the front of the cushion with a glue gun. Once that was secure, we hammered the upholstery tacks into the front. And that’s it! We had a newly reupholstered rocking chair!
here are a few photos of the cushion before:
as you can see from the edge of this cushion, it appears that the fabric was once green and has since faded to the yellow color you see on most of the cushion.
A few after photos:
I hope to continue sharing more projects we have worked on in our home. I like to call it making house a home, because our vision and projects come down to wanting our space to feel welcoming, to feel like home, to be comfy and a place to share with others!:)
So I hope you enjoy coming along our journey of making our house a home!:)