Thursday, 20 October 2011

Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Restoration Project

This old rocking chair is in need of some repair work and ideal for shabby chic. The rocking chair is not the most ornate rocking chair but its constructed from solid wood, always a good start.
Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Restoration Project
The rocking chair is a little 'rickety' and requires glueing here and there but nothing to serious and once glued the rocking chair would be solid.

At the moment, the rocking chair is varnished which is showing signs of wear and this would require stripping for re-painting in a 'shabby chic' style.
Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Restoration Project
I am almost tempted to spray this rocking chair with a bright high gloss finish and finish off with some new cushions. At the moment though, I don't have a compressor or spray gun its on my shopping list because using one can get great results.

New cushions wouldn't be a problem though, the ones in the photo came with this chair and I cannot confirm they are fire resistant, so cannot sell them. However, making some new ones would be good and there's plenty of clothes to choose from, too many to be truthful.

However, making them would be simple enough and I am very tempted to have go at this because I enjoy making things.
Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Restoration Project
Meanwhile, I will set to work this weekend and re-glue the joints and hopefully remove the varnish and prepare for painting. Its a couple of hours work and will update this post with some tips about preparation although its a fairly basic job.

Once I have prepared the rocking chair, I reckon its a couple more hours work painting in a 'shabby chic' style. Choice of colour and paint is simply down to budget and taste, if you are doing it yourself then there's plenty of choice. If like me, you are doing this for a living then its always best to keep to neutral colours and check out what colours are popular.
Shabby Chic Rocking Chair Restoration Project
I like to offer my customers as much choice as possible when it comes to colours and finishes. It makes my life much easier knowing that if I create something unique then at least once completed I know at least one person who would buy the finished product.

Delivery for these rocking chairs is not too bad using a courier and the one I use can usually deliver within 14 days UK mainland at a cost of £35.00 my next pick up date will be Friday 28th October.

The route is from Hereford to London, I intend to have this shabby chic rocking chair completed in time for shipping south. Any drop offs along this route will reduce shipping cost for furniture purchased by Thursday 27th October.

So, best get back to work and make a start on some of the projects I am currently working on, please check back here to be kept up to date.

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