Shortly after I moved into this house my daughter-in-law showed up with a rocking chair for me. She had been dropping her daughter off to pre-school when she spotted it sitting out by the dumpster. She inquired about the chair and was told the chair was 100 years old and the arm was loose so it was being thrown out.
My daughter-in-law, quoting me, informed the teacher that the chair could be repaired but no one wanted this old chair so she asked it she could have it and brought it to me.
I didn’t have an interest in a rocking chair because the simple fact that the chair moves makes it a hazard for me to attempt to use.
For almost two years the chair sat in the corner of my bedroom while I considered what to do with it. Should I keep it, where would I put it? Should I sell it and if so should I refinish the frame or highlight the age? So many choices.
Finally, I put it in the corner of the living room where I could consider whether or not it worked to keep it in my home and found it was the favorite seat by all visitors, especially the children.
I had to keep it.
I asked the adults who sat in it what they liked about the chair and what they didn’t. The one comment I received over and over was that you could feel the springs under the seat.
I didn’t want to remove the springs but wanted to make the chair super comfy so I purchased a 3 inch cushion to pad the seat and added a fun fabric.
I ran out of staples for my staple gun and bought the wrong ones which I didn’t notice until I’d removed the seat. I decided to go ahead and temporarily recover the seat until I can purchase the proper staples which is why you see a less than perfect job, notice the folds in the fabric along the front?
As visitors have stopped by the rocking chair has become quite the attraction and all agree the extra thick cushion was the best choice.
I liked the dark stain and the signs of wear over the decades so I did nothing to the frame but glue the arm in place.