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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Little Rocker for the New Little Prince

My son and his wife are having their first baby and I wanted to make something very special for the new little guy. I found this childs rocker at a yard sale and got the ultimate bargain. Can you believe it? I paid only a quarter for him!! Unbelievable. Here is the before in all his nastieness.
 Sorry I got all excited about redoing and took off the rockers before I remembered to take a picture.
Lovely worn vinyl covering. And when I took it apart it was unbelievably dirty. Yuck.
I had to take the entire piece apart and then put it back together. This was much harder than you would think since it was put together with long nails and screws. I couldn't believe how much work it was to recover such a small piece. I am going to redo my wingback chairs so this was a practice run. Now I am rethinking it though until I have about a week off from work to devote to the job.
Finally finished. I covered it with Miss Mustard Seed's go to fabric, drop cloth from Lowes. Then went to the Graphics Fairy and found this cute crown to put on the back. Sorry it is a bit off to one side, but I discovered that after it was all put together and I didn't have the energy to take it all back apart to fix it.
I had some vintage decorative tacks to finish off the sides and back. Not sure how old they are, but the package was originally 19 cents so that dates it a bit. Got them from my mom several years back when she was moving and knew they would come in handy eventually. Didn't have enough to put them real close together but like the look.
 I painted the rockers with DIY chalk paint in ivory and slightly distressed them and then waxed them with Minwax. Like to use what I already have on hand.
 Cute little guy under our tree ready to go to the baby shower.
 A chair fit for a sweet little Prince.
Here is the sweet mom to be with the chair. She loved it and it is going to look so cute in her son's nursery.

There were the most amazing cupcakes at the party, not only were they cute, they tasted amazing!
And here I am with my sweet DIL. Can't wait to see our sweet little prince. He is due February 18. My birthday is the 21 so maybe she can hold out and have him on Nanna's birthday. That would be an awesome birthday gift.



  1. You did a fabulous job on that piece.. Blessings to the little prince and all your family.

  2. You did a wonderful job! Dropping by from BNOTP. Happy holidays.


  3. Oh MY goodness. Adorable! You did such an amazing job! I can't believe you did it by yourself! whoo-hoo!
    PS I'm starting a Linky party this Wed. Please come show off your tutorial! Giving away $5 Starbucks cards! :)

  4. That is too cute; great transformation! Merry Christmas!

  5. Wow mom this turned out great. A wonderful gift for my nephew, I am sure it is going to get played with a ton.

  6. Now THAT is a make over! You did a great job, thanks for sharing.

  7. The uphostery and the crown add on look great! Would love love love for you to share this at our party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com/2011/12/co-hosting-pinteresting-link-party-week.html. Happy holiday! My

  8. Amazing transformation! Speechless! Congratulations on your (soon to be) addition to your family!!

  9. What an awesome makeover! The little prince will love it, as I can see your DIL did. Wishing her an easy and safe delivery.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  10. Beautifully done, it will look great in the nursery, Best wishes to your family with the addition of your new member. I'm a new follower.

  11. You did an awesome job changing that little "ugly duckling" into an adorable chair, fit for any Prince. I'm a Feb. b-day girl, too, and also a Nanna. Just thought it was "kismet" or something, anyway now I'm a new follower!

    Thank you for visiting my blog & taking a peek at my "studio." You were so cute in your comments. I hope your hubby doesn't now hate me -- please move him out gently! Black-out shades work great.....lol!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, & I wish you a very Happy New Year!

  12. Hi Vikki, What a great makeover. You would never believe this chair's humble beginnings without seeing it. It looks like a full sized chair, until you see your daughter holding it. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a blessed new year. Cindy

  13. Love this chair! Following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!!

  14. Oh my goodness! That rocker is just cuteness itself!

    Absolutely LOVE how dramatic the before and after photos are--ripped vinyl to fantastic creamy goodness!

    Well DONE!

    Would also love it if you stopped by for a visit!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower. : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)