December 06, 2010

rocker {redo}

I found this set on KSL (like craigslist in Utah) for $20. I needed one for the nursery, but was pretty particular on the color scheme and couldn't find anything for less than $200 in the colors I needed. So I thought I'd brave the magical world of recovering. This was my first attempt ever at recovering furniture so I thought I'd start out with something VERY simple. Well at least I thought it would be. (Notice the oreo's? Yea, I blame my weight gain on 'the baby'. RIGHT.)
A little scary...

So to begin I took the pads off the frame. They were velcroed on back so it wasn't a big deal. I seam ripped the bottom pad at the back edge, and then took our the original foam. I bought a role of 2" thick foam at hobby lobby with a coupon for 40% off, so I think it ended up being around $16. I traced the original foam onto the new roll and then cut it out.
I flipped the original cover inside out and then allowed for about a 1/2 inch seam around the edges, just kind of eye balling it. The suede I found at Joanns on clearance for $7 a yard. I think I used 2 or 2 1/2 yards. Every time I type yard, it comes out yeard. Then I have to backspace. Seriously.

I put right sides together and then just sewed the bottom piece leaving the back open. I put both pads back in, to give more padding and because I allowed a larger seam.
I then pulled the back tight and pinned it. I folded two ribbon pieces and pinned them where I wanted them to tie onto the frame on the back.  Then I machine stitched. Yea, I know it looks pretty ghetto, but it's my first time. And it's in the back.
I did the same for the top piece. Stitched right sides together, but only put the new pad in. Then machine stitched the bottom. I marked where I wanted the ribbon in the back and then hand stitched it on. To make the pad look 'puffy', seriously I don't even know what the term is, I just hand stitched front to back a bunch of times, pulling it tight each time until it gathered. I used a thicker thread so it wouldn't break, because you have to go through the pad. I also noticed I usually have a bunch of junk in the background of my photos, yeesh. I'll get to that.
And she's done! The whole project including paint and materials to recover was about $55. Huzzah. I painted the frame white after sanding, and let it dry before replacing the pads. The corners of the bottom piece I also hand stitched a little stitch so they were tight against the curve. I have still to complete the ottoman... another post for another day. :) Let me know what you think or if you have questions! (Sorry for the lack of step pictures)


Michelle said...

Hi Camilla

Hey, well done!! Came up looking awesome.

Love the colour you chose for the fabric.

Michelle :-)

Kari said...

I think this turned out pretty awesome and now you have me considering re-upholstering my own glider! I have it in my kids' room and the color of it's fabric just doesn't really "fit".

Hmmm... But seriously, nice work!! :)


very cute

Jenny said...

SWEET!!!! I have that exact rocker!! and mine looks way worse than that. Thanks for the idea and the "umpf" to get it re-done.

Attempting Aloha said...

Would you believe me if I told you I have a glider and ottoman sitting in my garage, waiting until Christmas is over, so they can be my first reupholstery job?? They're even tan. Yup. Scary.



Ashley said...

I have a question....when you painted the frame, did you spray paint white or paint with a brush? Thanks!

Ashley said...

Did you spray paint your chair or paint with a brush? Thanks :)

Camilla Jones (CioCo Photography) said...

I actually did both! The frame for the chair I brush painted, but the ottoman was just spray pain to save time. :)

Kim Beatty said...

A bit late coming across this, but wanted to say THANK YOU for this post! I have the exact glider/rocker in our entry way and I've always HATED the's a country blue with little mauve flowers...very dated looking. I'd been toying with the idea of recovering it, but was intimidated...after seeing your attempt, I think I'm just going to go for it!

Thanks again!!

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