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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage Thingie Thursday   Grandmas Rocker

It's Thursday and time to share all those things around our home that we consider Vintage.

Today I am sharing my Grandmothers Rocker.

Many years ago when we moved back from Germany we had shipped some boxes back to KC to mom and dads.  It was finally time to move them to our home in Springfield Mo. which by the way was actually quite vintage.

Because we had been in the Army we had some stuff we were shipping back but much of our furniture was government issued.

While packing our truck I saw Gma's rocker in the corner of the basement.  It was in need of being recovered and the springs were pretty well worn out.  I asked dad what the plan for the rocker was and there wasn't one.  So I asked if I could have it.

The reason I tell this story is that I have 3 sisters and many times they have asked "how did you luck out and get gma's rocker...  :-)

My grandparents had gotten this rocker as a wedding gift sometime in the 1920"s.

When I did research on the rocker to refinish it I found that many chairs were made of rope and that stripping it would have ruined it.

It is painted a very light gray, almost white.

I love the fabric I chose.  The springs had to go, too many broken but I used the wood frame they were in and cut 6" foam to fit so it is the same thickness the original seat was.  I had mentioned giving it to my oldest sister for her sun porch but well, she got lots of new furniture and I still have a very special chair in my living room....sorry sis....

Hope you enjoyed seeing my special chair. Blessings, Debbie


Elaine said...

What a beautiful roacker. I bet it has many stories and memories it could tell. I have an old ceder chest that belonged to my great grandmother. it still has the price tag of $15.

Nancy's Notes said...

Debbie, what a wonderful rocker! I love that it was your parent's rocker, that is so special!


P. said...

Beautiful rocker! You did a great restoration. Hope you enjoy it for a long, long time!

LV said...

You are blessed having this vintage chair from your family. It turned out to be simply beautiful after your love and tender care.

Ann said...

Well, it's Grandma's Day. I went in the same direction. I DO love the rocker and I think it sits in a perfect place. You did a beatiful job on the makeover.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

A very special rocker indeed!! I own my grandma's old rocking chair and cherish it...I am sure you cherish yours also :)


Pam said...

That's a great rocker. I may borrow your wood and foam remedy for a rocker in my garage that I need to redo. It has springs and webbing on the seat right now and the thought of redoing that whole set-up is the reason I have never finished it.

Terri said...

I love the fabric you chose as well. What a treasure. It would be fun to find some old pictures that include the rocker through the years.


Ann said...

What a great fabric!! The rocker is lovely and I am sure has wonderful memories for you.
The Tattered Tassel

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

I love everything ABOUT your rocker - - - and the fact that it was grandma's only endears it further!

Anonymous said...

Such a great piece - right place, right time, lucky you!

Anonymous said...

A beautiful, comfortable chair and an even better memory for you.