11.15.2009

Let's party on down.


It's here, so let's get this party going!  Mr. MckLinky is DJ'ing for us down at the bottom.  Add the link to your specific post (not your blog) and be sure to link back here.  You all know this right?  He'll be accepting links thru midnight Monday...which means you still have more than 24 hours to finish up and get it posted.  Have no fear, I'll save some chips and dip for the latecomers,
but I can't promise the adult beverages will last that long.

K, so here's what I started with, my $30 consignment store wooden double rocker, purchased back in mid-summer. With orange velour.  Mmmmm.


I helped her out of her misery by first removing 462,589 staples to get the skirt off, removed the bottom and back cushions, washed her down a couple times with some Liquid Sander and got busy with the following:
  1. Paint: On-hand Rustoleum Canyon Black spraypaint and in the quart...I brushed on the last coat.
  2. Slipcover and skirt (made with drop cloths left from my drape project)
  3. Pillows and covers (from my overflowing stash of inserts and using fabric left from making pillows for the couch in this room). 
All made with what I had on hand.  Hurray!



See the zipper behind the spindles?  I'm so daggone proud of myself. :o)
 
See the piping?  Yeah, I'm proud of that too....BTW, thanks to Creative Little Daisy for her awesome tutorial here.  I spent many an evening with that page up on my screen, screaming at reminding everyone not to touch the computer while I was sewing, following the step-by-meticulous-step instructions...seriously, she's a genius instructor!  I had a bit of trouble with the gussets, but I'm going with The Nester here
...it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful.  So there. And anyway, if I ripped out one more seam during this project I would have deleted my entire blog.

The skirt was stapled on underneath with my industrial staple gun.

I think it makes a unique piece for this room, which has no matching furniture as most of it is antique or secondhand.  I did go ahead and cover the back cushion that came with the rocker, but I didn't like that it covered up the entire back. I like the pillow-look better.  What do you think?
I was also going to add tufted buttons on the bottom cushion, but I think I like it better just plain.
Plus it will be easier to remove and wash the cover without them.

 
 
I'm sooooo glad to have this project done, just in time for holiday company! 
Wait.  That means I'll have to clean. 
   
 I actually almost finished 4 other projects that have needed my attention for a long time, and although they are in the final stages, I'll wait for another day to post those.  My cra(p)ft room is looking mucho better.
Kinda.

Alrighty....your turn.  Show me what 'cha got conquered.  Remember you are automatically entered in the door prize drawing just for linking up, and if you advertised on your blog using my button, you get a second chance.  The winner gets their choice of 3 bars of my handmade soap in their choice of scents.


I'll draw the winner's name Tuesday and post it with some highlights from the party that afternoon. 
Of course I love joining up with all the other parties during the week, especially since I didn't get to play much last week.  I'm having withdrawl symptoms.
Monday:
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It's So Very Creative at It's So Very Cheri
Tuesdays:
DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land
Trash to Treasure at Reinvented
2nd Time Around Tuesday at A Picture is worth 1000 Words
Thursday:
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage
Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville
Friday:
Furniture Feature Friday at Mustard Seed Creations
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Vintage Black Friday at Gypsy Brocante
Saturday:
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

okaybye.

64 comments:

Delena said...

Oh my, it is beautiful. Such a before and after! I made a cover for a rocking chair once, just the seat part and it was basically an envelope sort of thingy. I thought that was a big deal... now I see what talent is!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Wow! That is a fantastic transformation! I really want to learn how to make zippered pillow covers - it looks like I may have someone who I can bug for advice now! Congrats!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Love it! I adore the pillow back look. I am wowed (completely) by your seamstress abilities here. I hate putting zippers in a wearable garment, much less something like this. There would not have been any hair on my head by the time I finished that! Awesome job! -Tammy

Katie@Yoga Gal said...

I love that slipcover- wow!

I have my lamp done, but I am tired like, whoa, so I will do up my post tomorrow! :D

The White Farmhouse said...

Great makeover! I know how sad you were to see that orange fabric go though. I might do a couple other projects too. We'll see....

Jan @ bobbypinsboardwalk said...

That bench is TOTALLY AMAZING!!! ...and it did't cost anything because you made it with what you had. You are one talented little decorator, aren't you? I thought that I was following you, but I'm not, so I am going to sign up at this time. I also very much appreciate your mentioning the Boardwalk Bragfest in your blog. I would love to see one of your many beautiful items there. Don't worry -- if you can't decide, bring 'em all! There's no limit and when you've been working as hard as you have, then I think you need to take a break and do a bit of braggin'!

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

The rocking chair is great! I appreicate a list of the good Parties! Thanks, and have a wonderful week.

Charla

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

dang, look at you all talented n' stuff! love the way that turned out! totally puts my little "craft" project to shame!

Catherine peacelovesweater@blogspot.com said...

Hi Cindy, You did a fantastic job on that chair. Great sewing job and great piping too. It is a real art to get the piping to not look wonky. I love the back of the chair too.... you made the right call. Thanks for hosting!!!

Rhonda said...

Hi Cindy,
Love that makeover! Thanks for visiting my blog. Have a wonderful week!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Oh my! What a fantastic job!!! I'm shouting here- this really is a great project you can be and should be proud of!!!

It looks so comfy and inviting now- I bet if you are like me you are still sitting on it just enjoying your creation!

blessings
mary

Maureen said...

You did a spectacular job! That was one hunk of orange ugliness. Kudos!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Oh my gosh. Really. It's gorgeous! You so made the right call on the skirt, seat, cusions, fabric, paint colour... you sew too?!? It looks like a high end heirloom piece that is worth a fortune!

My mom use to have a couch that orange colour. She always corrected me saying it was copper but it was orange in my book. Thanks for the memories.. :) and hosting the party!

Donna

Anny said...

It looks completely different! How beautiful :D

Its So Very Cheri said...

That came out great. You did a really good job.

cheri

kimmcl said...

NoooooooWaaaaaaaaaaay! Awesome ;)

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

That was a great transformation! You go girl! I do like the open back. I think the wood spindles look really good painted. You did a great job. Have a great day.

Autum said...

Wow!! What a transformation- you have amazing vision and some pretty mean sewing skills to boot! Sorry the gusset gave you problems. It came out just beautifully though and I agree, it looks great with the back exposed.

Zuzu said...

Wowzers! You really took on a big project, Cindy, (Zuzu typed while going over to her blog to delete her 4-dinky-project post)

Zippers? Amazing. Beautiful. And the best part is that your Holiday guests will be so impressed that they will never notice that you didn't clean the house. :)

Thanks for getting us together. I had fun and now have four new red accents in my tiny cottage. Sweet! Now I'm off to visit everyone and see what they made...

Holly said...

What a transformation! It looks great!

Mimi said...

That is one of the nicest transformations I have seen! It came out beautiful, Cindy!

Mama Holli said...

I absolutely love what you did to this piece!! It is just so gorgeous and cozy!! You should be very proud indeed! I found you from A cottage In The Woods(ZuZu)!
Have a great day!
Mama Holli

Nori said...

your transformation looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!
thanks for stopping by my blog and for the invite. i love a linky party!! ;o)

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

That is so cute! I'm amazed that there are zipprers AND pipping! I haven't done a zipper in years and years! My hat is off to you! Good job!

Manuela

Tammy said...

That is amazing how different it looks! It is so pretty, Great Job!

Allison Shops said...

Looks great! You did a wonderful job!

Jamie said...

I just come over from Funky Junk Interiors. Wow! What a beautiful redo! Love it!

Atelier de Charo said...

Precioso!! It's a great revamp.
Nice Job.
Hugs
Charo

Elisa said...

SO pretty!!

Claudia said...

Cindy, that is so, so cool! What an amazing makeover. You are so smart - it looks completely transformed. Frankly, I know I wouldn't have seen the possibilities in that piece. I am in awe!

Beach Vintage said...

This is a truly amazing makeover. However do you get that many staples out without going mad?

Jen said...

I looove what you did with that rocker! Rock on! (tee-hee)

I hope to expand into the world of fabric refinishings and furniture refurbishings. Thanks for the extra push in that direction.

Cheers!

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

Wow--amazing ; it looks fantastic and I love it with the pillows because I like seeing the lines of the chair!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Hi Cindy - Thanks for the heads up! I added my wreath and I'll add your link to my post.

Mel said...

How beautiful and peaceful...I can picture snuggling up there with a hot cup of tea and a good magazine (a decor magazine, of course) :)

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I don't know why you didn't want to keep that lovely orange! Just kidding--I make welting frequently, so I understand your pride--well done!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

What a beautiful and interesting piece you turned it into.

Tara said...

I would have never thought it would look so good. It is wonderful!!

Natasha said...

Thanks for coming to visit me today Cindy and for the invitation to your party! I can't believe how talented everyone is and I am so impressed with your amazing chair transformation.Can't wait to see if I can find some more amazing things!
Best wishes, Natasha.

The Whispering Creek House said...

For crying out loud that is adorable!!!

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

It turned out fabulous!!! Much better than the orange fabric.

fairmaiden said...

Fabulous! I like the pillow look too.

Maggie B said...

Cindy, you did an oustanding job with the rocking chair, I love the new look.
I am not a talented makeover person myself so not joining in with this meme, but I do enjoy seeing what others create.
Thanks for your comment on my bookmooch blog, as you can see you got pipped at the post by Jane.
Maggie

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh. my. goodness. That is fabulous! You rock the sewing machine, girl, I'm soo jealous. I've asked Santa for one, but the skills will be a LONG TIME coming. :) Thanks for linking up!

Sherrlyn Borkgren Photography said...

Sherrlyn of http://www.lovesimplyhappens.blogspot.com says...WOW great stuff and ideas. Happy to have found your blog!

kiakai/Kelly @ Much To Do With Nothing said...

Hi there,
I'm so glad you came by! I've seen this type of furniture out in the thrift store/yard sale world, but never knew what to do with them. Your's is gorgeous! I had to laugh when you mentioned the STAPLES!!!! I think that's the expensive part of reupholstering. I HATE that part. Your blog is filled with ideas and links to parties. I'm so in the dark about all of this. I need to get out more. Oh just to have a whole day to sit and read blogs. Anyway, your cushion turned out perfect. I have a detailed 2nd part to the cushion/zipper and cording post, almost ready to go out. Look for it. You can get even more ideas.
Kelly

blushing rose said...

Awesome re-creation! Good job, ladybug.
Please enter me in your giveaway.

Pop over for our FOUR GIVEAWAYS ending Nov. 23rd.

Have a lovely week.TTFN ~Marydon

Marianne@Songbird said...

good on you for all that sewing. You did a wonderful job. I always try to get out of adding a zipper and you did piping too! I am impressed. Love your banner picture too! What kind of filter do you use for your photo's?

Gwen said...

Why have I never found your blog before and where were you when I was taking out the 4 million staples on the ottoman that I redid?

I am following now, so keep it coming:)

Lara Harris said...

Beautiful!:)

Diann @ The thrifty groove said...

Hi Cindy!

F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C !!!!!

You should be so sore with patting yourself on the back for this redo! You did a wonderful job!!

I remember reading your post when you first brought this rocker home.

Its So Very Cheri said...

You've been featured today so go check it out and grab your I've been featured button and proudly display it-you deserve it.

Cheri

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Very nice transformation!

ImagineCozy said...

That lovely little rocker turned out so nice I want to come and spend a little time rocking!

Bravo on using what you have already!!
-Angela

Jen R. said...

That is an amazing make over!!! You really get an a plus for that one! Jen

Heather said...

Amazing make over, I love it!!!

Vintage Junky said...

Love it!! I wish I could sew better....
Smiles~Michelle

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Fabulous!

Angie said...

What a change! And I love the black.

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I am so glad you linked this to FFF this week. It truly is an amazing furniture makeover. I NEVER would have bought a piece like that or accepted it for free. You have shown me I was a fool for thinking these dated loveseats were beyond saving. Thanks!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

YOU.Are.AMAZING!!!!
I would have never thought of it and look how beautiful, how precious that settee is. And it is a settee. LIke old southern charm. Yea, mam!
WOUld you so mind fetching me a sweet tea while I lounge a bit. Charming.
Great deal! I am SOOO PROUD Of you and that creation! Thanks for linking up this week to Thrifty Thursday! Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for being a Bloggeritaville friend!!!I am thankful for you!
Hugs!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! you did a good job! lovely!

Jane said...

Girl, I just saw your day! I'll be sure to link up next time!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Anonymous said...

Girl--You had a great eye for the bones of this piece. I am totally inspired!! Now, a non-rocker piece like that would go great in my dinnette!! HMMMM.

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