Antique Rocking Chair Restoration

Friends,

Can I say it’s been a minute since I wrote a blog? I wish I could show you what my life has looked like the last three months; (the sped up version, of course)  in summary, it’s consisted of a lot of traveling, being with my incredible family, and creating beautiful things along the way. It’s been full of life and wonder -highs and lows alike. It was full of scenery that took my breath away and late nights working in my studio when I wanted to just give up. I want to tell you a little more about it, and share a special before and after of a piece I sold last month.

April brought many good things. One of which was a stretch of my faith. I’ve had so many challenges this year -realities which constantly got in my face, forcing me to question goodness and who I am. To work through these challenges I’ve had to anchor myself in the truth I know in my heart. I had to go back to the experiences that have shaped who I am and do simple things like spend time in prayer, intentionally be more loving and giving, and actually believe that God is  God and he knows his plans for me. There were times when I was so certain and strong in my faith that I never thought I would forget these truths… but man when real life comes knocking and you have to choose how to respond, it’s easy to want to freak out and try to fix everything yourself -especially if you’re as controlling as I am.

It was on my worst day that I really turned my attention back to the basics of my faith, and from there I felt the control in my mind and heart diminish and the peace that comes from faith flood in; I remembered that some things are best left up to God. Moving forward, some incredible stuff shifted in my life and I can’t help but say PRAISE to all of it. God is good, and I’m learning to incorporate my belief in His power being greater than my own feeble strength over and over again into my daily life, even when I don’t understand it or have the answers to earth’s troubles. GLORY. Okay, preaching over.

I’m excited to be where I am and I’m also pumped to show you this transformation of a favorite piece of mine. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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I found this antique rocking chair at Crumpton, that incredibly crazy/fun auction I’ve mentioned in the past. The thing about this chair is absolutely no one in the whole place wanted it… including myself. But as the auctioneer questioned the bidders on who wanted it, something changed in me and I knew it was mine. So up went my number and she came home with me…

…where she stayed unfinished for 7 months. Sometimes I just have to wait for time and inspiration to strike at the same moment -which can take a while!

I knew that this piece was lovely underneath the rusted nails, dry rot, and creatures who had made their home in it’s curves and folds of material. Let’s be real… this was disgusting.

Disgusting or not, it was ALL mine, and she rocked -both literally and figuratively. On the side of the chair just at the perfect arms length is a peg which allows the chair to stay still or gently rock. Perfect for a reading nook or a lazy afternoon with a glass of iced tea and a good conversation with a friend. I could imagine it, I just had to get it there.

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I’m glad I went with my spirit, because this chair is one of my favorite pieces to date!

My oh my did she clean up. I did my usual clean and strip. Then I sanded and cleaned again. I repaired cracks and filled holes and had just enough fabric to create the most beautiful farmhouse rocker I could imagine.

I love the design. The craftsmanship was remarkable and has truly stood the test of time. I painted with my favorite General Finishes milk paint in Lamp Black.

I sealed with furniture wax since trying to poly this piece would have been a bit of a nightmare. I rebuilt the cushion and upholstered the chair from the bones up. I messed up mid cushion, took the entire thing apart, and started again… these things are never easy.

I had this piece at my studio for just a couple days before it sold. The new friend who bought it has placed it in her adorable bungalow in Eastport. She loves it as much as I do which is the only reason I could say goodbye. I love when my pieces make my clients light up, it’s so rewarding and serves as a constant reminder that my work makes people’s homes beautiful places of peace and rest… and I can definitely live with that.

I have some funny stories and great pieces of furniture up my sleeve for the future, but for now I’m just trying to catch my breath after returning from a two week trip home to Texas. My heart is full from time with my family (a wedding, graduation, and multiple birthdays) and my body has gained at least 5 solid lbs. of taco (no regrets).

Wherever this rainy May day finds you, I hope you leave a little more inspired to look into your heart to have faith for the mountains up ahead, and to not pass up on the moments or things that look broken and beyond repair… because let’s be real -those are the true treasures and things worth living for!

-Beth