When I first saw the Skinny laMinx organic cotton that I would be reupholstering this vintage rocking chair with, I though “Wow… Maybe a little toned down color-wise for my taste, but I love the bold character!” When I delivered the completed chair to my clients, I realized how perfect this fabric is for their home. It would sit in company with a vast array of beautiful artwork while refraining from making too much of a statement itself.
Here’s the Before & After:
Once the old material was removed, I found out this chair needed some serious repair to rotting wood, which was actually not too difficult…
To repair the wood, I mixed fine sawdust with wood glue to a spreadable consistency and pressed the mixture into the holes with an artist’s flexible palette knife (a butter knife would work just as well). It was dry and ready to nail in 24 hours.
I used a 1″ thick 100% natural latex foam layer to make the seat more comfortable.
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