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We Rock

We picked up this rocker for a song on Saturday evening (thanks to a dude named Craig who keeps a list), and with a little elbow grease and $30 at JoAnn Fabric, I think it’s a really nice addition to our home.  Over the course of a couple hours Saturday night and one last night, here’s what we did:

  • Thoroughly scrubbed wood with mineral spirits
  • Glued and tightened loose joints
  • Trashed two layers of old fabric – one circa 1983, one circa 1967 (no sign of original cover)
  • Put on Haz-mat suit and threw away the old yellow bath towel (!) and disgusting foam that had been covering springs
  • Removed approximately 700 billion upholstery tacks from the springbed frame
  • Finished wood with two coats of tung oil
  • Tied springs and re-covered the springbed with thick canvas
  • Cut 3″ high-density foam to size
  • Re-upholstered using canvas-weight cotton fabric

Our other rocker project – the very old chair from my Grandfather (see here and here) – is still awaiting stripper and stain, but I’m hoping to finish that project up soon.  It’s too beautiful a chair to be languishing unfinished and un-sat-in!

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