Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bentwood Rocker Restoration.

Of course when I was looking for a rocking chair for our upcoming arrival I managed to wind up with more than one; the curse of the 'OMG I have to bid on that' eBay auction. Yeah, of course I won both of the rocking chairs that I had put a low-ball bid on, expecting to win neither. Both needed some TLC; here is the first one.

Restored Bentwood Rocker
For some reason I completely forgot to take a 'before' photo, possibly because it was in such a terrible state, so you'll just have to use your imagination. This poor old chair had been out in the elements in a carport for at least 10 years according to the guy I picked it up from, it had belonged to his grandma at some point.

There was a cushion and seat that were not original and were black with mildew, they were tossed out before even making it in the house, and the timber was in terrible condition but had a lot of character. A light sand to remove the remnants of some flaking varnish but preserve the patina and 3 coats of Restoring Polish and it was looking pretty good. Michael cut me a piece of MDF to fit the seat hole and I covered it with some foam and a bit of leftover canvas, add a sheepskin that I picked up at Ikea and I think it looks a million bucks. Not bad for a $25 eBay purchase. It will be a great place to sit by the window and read books with bub.


  1. Ohhhh I love it so much! So beautiful and loads of character! $25 wow! Reading to bubs is so nice.

    1. It is surprisingly comfy too! See why I never thought I would actually win it? It was in crummy condition but at $25 I was the top bidder.

  2. This is beautiful! I want one.

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  7. Beautiful chair - I have the exact same one and am looking to make a cushion for it - did you choose black or blue? It's hard to tell in the picture. Was also wondering if you did anything to the backing of the chair? Love it!

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