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Inspiration board – Stunning Rocking Chairs!

I am totally and utterly obsessed with old rocking chairs. They have such character! And, over the months, I’ve been stashing and hoarding them on my gorgeous chairs pinterest board! It all started with my own rocking chair that I was passed by my Grandma Eleonora when she left us back in late 2012. This blog then was only a figment in the back of my mind and the only people that saw the work I was doing in our garage then were a few friends and family. My own rocking chair makeover was something I spent a lot of time procrastinating on – I was scared! I had never upholstered anything before, up until that point all my DIY experience was with stripper, sand paper, stain and sealant on solid wood. So, I started researching (of course!) and I’m going to share with you here the first rocking chair makeover I saw that left me an eternal fan of the amazing lady that did it!

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

Isn’t that amazing!? I absolutely fell in love with the fabric they chose and I just COULD NOT believe how alike her rocker was to my own! I poured over the details over at her LiveLoveDIY site many times before tackling my own makeover and, honestly, she gave me courage.

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

Prodigal Pieces called this piece “Black Beauty” and, oh my gosh, what a perfect name for this gorgeous chair! It is not every day you see a sweet old rocker given such a bold and modern makeover and to me it is absolutely stunning.

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

I ran into this pretty little rocker one day by Domestic Imperfection and my jaw hit the floor. Between the fabric choice and the decision to paint it white I just couldn’t believe how beautiful and sweet it turned out!

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

I was really impressed when I saw what she went through over at Young House Love to create such a stunning makeover. What I think draws me to this chair the most is how much more masculine and interesting it turned out compared to most rocking chair makeovers I see these days. It almost has a rustic or even “ranch-style” flair to it that I really like!

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

Just for the record I am not a pink fan in ANY WAY but this beauty by Create and Babble has definitely made me reconsider my stance. I love how light and sweet it turned out and the paint color compliments the fabric absolutely perfectly. Pink rockers tend to end up in nurseries or little girl rooms etc. but the fabric choice here matures this piece right up to adult hood – really this chair could go anywhere and be a stunner! It also looks really comfortable!

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

And now to round up my Inspiration board and show you guys what these fabulous rocking chairs inspired me to do! Here is my Grandma’s rocking chair after several hours of work and my first upholstery project! So, what did I learn? These other girls make their projects look so easy! Hot glue guns are totally our friends even after being burned by them – literally. Very very very tight fabric is not at all necessary! Pretty trim covers up all oopsies 🙂 And always buy extra fabric – just in case!

Inspiration board at Grandma's House DIY of stunning rocking chair makeovers and before and afters

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2 Comments

  1. June 30, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Wow! All those gorgeous rockers in one place! I am honored to be included in the line-up. Thank you!

    • June 30, 2016 at 7:51 pm

      Larissa, thank you so much for coming by! That beautiful black rocker of yours inspired me to paint my last rocking chair black, yours just turned out stunning!

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