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Old Posted: 01-07-2013 , 04:31 PM #1
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Default Old rocking chair to Bright Nursing Chair

I always wanted one of these rocking chairs as I love retro stuff and I saw this one outside a local charity shop and snapped it up for 25. I thought it would be an easy project but it didn't turn out that way. The caning was torn on the back and the base but I thought I could replace it but it turned out a big chunk of the edge of the base was broken off too, so that took alot of moulding of plastic wood to fix. I wanted to take it apart and strip it back to the wood and restore it 70's style but that didn't work out unfortunately.

When I tried to dismantle it the majority of the screws were so rusted I couldn't get them out so I decided to paint it. Then I found out I was pregnant and decided to turn it into a nursing chair so I went with bright colours.

I painted it orange as I figured it'd still fit in with my house when the baby was older. I tried sourcing caning but it was going to cost over 30 and I'd have to get it from the US. I opted for fabric and chose fabric that would tie in with the nursery as I can change it in the future. I got this fabric in Ikea for 5 and nailed it all into place. I spent hours at it and was so proud of myself until I sat on it and went right through it!!!!!!!

I changed plan again and made a wooden base for the chair and made a cushion for the bottom instead. Then to finish the back I bought really thick white cord which I pressed into the groove around the back and glued it in place to make it stronger.

Not to everyones taste I know and nothing Like my original plan but it's finally done ;) just waiting for the baby now :)
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Old Posted: 02-07-2013 , 01:02 AM #2
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great job well made
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Old Posted: 02-07-2013 , 09:01 AM #3
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That's brilliant!
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Old Posted: 02-07-2013 , 10:51 AM #4
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Amazing turnaround, truly worthy of a picture on Ireland's House & Home magazine - fabulous work.
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Old Posted: 02-07-2013 , 12:48 PM #5
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Love, love, love it. The colours are fab. If I saw it in a shop I would have to have it !!!! Take a bow
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Old Posted: 04-07-2013 , 03:59 PM #6
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lol I didn't think people would like the colours to be honest. Thanks a million for your comments ;)
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Old Posted: 04-07-2013 , 11:35 PM #7
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Great job.It sounds like you hit a lot of hiccups but the finished result is well worth it. I love the Ikea fabric and the orange paint. How did you prep the wood and what paint did you use?
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Old Posted: 05-07-2013 , 12:14 AM #8
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Its Great, a real wow!
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Old Posted: 05-07-2013 , 04:21 PM #9
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great job love it
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Old Posted: 05-07-2013 , 10:43 PM #10
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Wow,amazing Melissa! Love the colours and tropical pattern, your baby is so lucky to have a great one-of-a-kind piece in their room. Isn't the 'nesting instinct' fun?!? :) Congratulations!
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Old Posted: 05-07-2013 , 11:57 PM #11
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Very cool and funky, Melissabell!

Many thanks for sharing and inspiring!

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Old Posted: 09-07-2013 , 04:53 PM #12
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I can see lots of work has gone into this. Splendidly done! :)
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Old Posted: 27-07-2013 , 04:30 PM #13
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Cool! Looks great.
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Old Posted: 02-08-2013 , 09:26 AM #14
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What a fantastic job - well done.
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Old Posted: 03-08-2013 , 05:40 PM #15
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Just a suggestion - if you spray the fabric a couple of times with Scotchgard it will prevent it soiling too much. I don't know where in Ireland you can buy it - I ordered it from England.
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