Monday, December 16, 2013

A Rocking Chair With A Story

Yesterday was my son, Tyler's, 20th birthday.  I can't believe my little boy is not even a teenager anymore!  It seems only yesterday we were putting him to sleep in the rocking chair that we rocked all our babies in.  Sniff, sniff.

Once our babies were beyond the rocking stage, we got some different furniture and the rocker got stored in the barn.  A few years ago, my mom graciously stripped it for me, as I planned to restain and upholster it.  I never got that far, so back into rafters it went.  Sorry mom...I really did and do appreciate that!

Recently we bought a new sectional couch.  We also have this big, honkin', fat butt recliner that takes up a whole corner of our living room.  It is very comfortable, and very ugly.  I want to replace it. In order to put our Christmas tree in there, the recliner had to come out.  Perfect time to slip the little rocker back in!  For now the recliner is in another room, but I'm hoping to give it the boot soon.  I have a couple other chairs I want to recover, plus a footstool that would help replace the recliner. We shall see.  If I have my way, the recliner will disappear!

I was recently asked by One Kings Lane, to feature a statement chair in our home.  Immediately my rocker came to mind, but it was still in the barn rafters at the time.  No time like the present. Never mind that it was near Christmas, with a bazilion other things to do.  I had to refinish it now! (My words, not theirs)  I am so glad I did.  I am in love with my little rocker now.

One Kings Lane has a resource page where you can explore the style of chair you own.  I can't quite place my rocker.  It seems a little bit mission style and perhaps a little colonial.  Whatever it's style it makes a perfect accent piece in our living room.  I love the curvy back.

I sang "Hush Little Baby," to all of my babies...every verse, over and over again as I rocked them to sleep.

The number 3 signifies our three children.  All three brought home from the hospital to be snuggled, rocked and sung to in this chair.  I still remember their sweet baby smell like it was yesterday.  

Thank you One Kings Lane for giving me the little nudge I needed to restore my rocker.

I will write a step-by-step tutorial later...probably after Christmas.  For now I want to just enjoy the stories it whispers to me of times past.  It is waiting for a new generation of babies to someday be rocked in grandma's arms.  And I'll still be singing, "Hush Little Baby."

You can find the tutorials for this chair here:
Recovering and Stenciling the Seat
Painting and Stenciling the Chair

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  1. What a neat way to make an heirloom out of a rocker!

  2. Hi Deborah, Happy Birthday to your dear son. Wishing him many blessings. Your story and rocker is precious. I love it and the song verse on the top is beautiful. I also sang that song to my son when he was a baby and little boy. He would want me to sing it over and over. What a wonderful piece.
    Thank you for the little trip down memory lane. You created a treasured piece in your family.
    Wishing you a wonderful week.

  3. Such a sweet post and lovely chair with beautiful memories!

  4. What beautiful memories and a beautiful restoration!! Truly!!

  5. Love your chair and the story behind it. Thanks for sharing it!

  6. What a beautiful rocking chair and a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful week,
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

  7. It looks lovely and I love how the words and the number are part of the chair's history!

  8. This is so great! I have my rocking chair from when I had my babies (now turning 22 and 23!). Mine is bulkier and doesn't have the character of yours, but I'm really want to do something new with it. It's just the original brown-orange stained wood. I love the story you told on yours!


  9. Love this! It's so beautiful and inviting! I could curl up by the fire and read a book while I rocked away on it!

  10. I SO love this rocker. Sweet memories for sure. My youngest is only 2, and I already miss the baby smell and snuggles...

  11. I just love this....adorable. I love the song on it. Oh, I wish I had had a rocker....cuz I made up a song for my babies....this is precious!!

  12. This is so precious! What an amazing treasure for you and your family. I have a rocking chair that my Grandpa made MANY years ago and I have been meaning to refinish it, needed some inspiration, thanks! Thank you for sharing at Take It On Tuesday!

  13. How lovely -- your story and the rocker. You did a great job. I have my Grandmother's old rocker in the garage. It needs some work but you've provided me with a bucketful of inspiration. Thanks, Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  14. Such a sweet little rocking chair. Lovely! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x


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