Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Transformation

Back in 2011, I had gotten a rocking chair at an antique store . . . it was missing its seat, but I made a temporary one that would work for the time being. I wasn't for sure if I wanted to refinish the chair or not, so I just continued to use it as it was. Then for my birthday this past year, my parents gave me a leather seat to replace the missing one . . . at that time, though, I was still vacillating . . . should I refinish? Or not? 

Well, spring and summer were too busy to work on refinishing projects so I put off making a decision. :) Then fall arrived, and I finally decided to strip off the old finish! It started out looking like this . . .


And after being stripped and sanded it looked like this . . .


A close-up of some of the designs

Sanding prior to doing the next step (photo courtesy of Leah . . . she was out photographing a pair of baby boots for her Etsy store and snapped this one of me, too. :)

And now after being stained, it looks like this . . .


Though when it is inside out of the sunlight it looks darker and not quite as red.



I am so happy with how it is looking! Last night I fixed part of the seat that needed to be repaired, and now all that is left is to put the finish on, put in the new leather seat, and then . . . use it!

14 comments:

  1. It's a beautiful chair, well done!

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  2. Such a beautiful chair, Miss Sarah, and you did such a lovely job refinishing it! What a wonderful addition to your home. My father recently took up a new hobby...caning and refinishing antiques chairs. He recently did a beautiful chair over for next to our cook stove...and even added rockers to the bottom...such a special gift!

    God bless,
    Mrs. Laura

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  3. It is looking great! I refinished an old dresser once, which was a lot of fun!

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  4. Sarah this might be an ignorant question, but how do you sand the patterned bits without ruining it, especially all those tiny dots?

    Gorgeous chair.

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  5. Beautiful job, Sarah! I think I like this look better than before. Good call!:-)

    ~ Betsy

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  6. Hey sarah,
    I love the chair. It is soooooo pretty. I can't wiat to see ya'll soon. I hope that you all will come down south soon.
    Hugs and kisses to everyone.
    Haviland~

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  7. It's a beautiful chair, Sarah. You did a great job refinishing it.
    God bless,
    Anne ♥

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  8. Wow, good job, it's beautiful! Can't wait to see the finished product. I love your blog.

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  9. That is beautiful--my dream rocking chair! I'm sure it will be even more special to you now that you've had a part in making it so beautiful. :)

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  10. Sarah, it looks so attractive now. It will become quite an heirloom!

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  11. Thank you all so much for your kind comments! I enjoyed reading each one of them. :) Thank you! I only have one tiny thing left to do on the chair and then it will be finished. I look forward to sharing a photo of the completed project soon!


    ~Rena . . . the sanding I did was a really light sanding just to remove any rough spots. So when I sanded over the patterned areas, it was a really light sand and only one or two passes over top of it.

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Thank you so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)