Is it a sign of old age when you buy a rocking chair?
I went to an estate sale about a month ago and even though they had dozens of vintage quilt tops I ended up buying a rocking chair.
It is hard to tell in the picture how bad the condition of the upholstery is. The springs in the seat are all sprung and it is very uncomfortable.
I decided to recover it. Here is the seat once I got the old fabric off.
My initial plan was to re-tie the springs and put it back together but once I got a closer look I saw that the wood was in terrible shape. The reason the springs were popped is because the wood was so worn out it could not hold on to the nails. It had several cracks as well. It looks like it had been recovered at least a dozen time and all those tacks in an out over all those years just wore it out.
I decided to make a new seat with plywood. Perhaps not historically correct but it sure is easier than trying to rebuild the old one.
I also ditched the springs and used a high density upholstery foam.
The back was not bad so I was able to recover it as it was.
The seat got covered with muslin first so I could get the shape right before I cut into the velvet.
I think Teddy wanted to try sitting on it.
After a little more adjustment of the seat I was ready for the velvet.
I have no Idea what this might have originally been covered with but I like the way it looks with now.
and Teddy did get to try it out
Here are some of the supplies I used.
The electric carving knife is the best tool for cutting upholstery foam.
Now back to work on a few quilts.