Sunday, June 21, 2009

Met Monday

Hello again, Dear Ones! It's so nice to have you pop in to see me and this is one of my favorite days ~ Monday! Met Monday! Don't you love seeing what everyone has been up to? Little projects or big projects! What creative and talented ones we have in Blogland. Make sure you pop over to see our hostess Dear Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for so much inspiration it will make your tiny head spin! :)

Okay, on with my little project...


Most of you know my Mother lived with us for eight months after the hurricane and she slept in the upstairs guest room. Now she is almost settled in a retirement home (that'll be a post for another day!). Needless to say this bedroom was filled to the brim with her things, not to mention our garage and my sun porch. Well, after moving her and her things out of this room I decided I wanted to spiff this guest room up a bit.


I started with this little olden rocking chair! It's been up in the attic for a while. It first had a tapestryish fabric on it but as you can see I started recovering it years ago and never did even finish putting the trim on the back!


Before I could start putting on new fabric I knew I had to touch up all the scratches! I'm sure you all know this but there are these little wood furniture markers that will cover up scratches! You can match your wood color to the marker. Now if you can't find a 'real' scratch cover up marker a brown or black magic marker will work! Yes, it will, Dear Ones. If your furniture piece is a very dark stain you can use a black Sharpie pen! Just cover the stain quickly and immediately wipe over it with a paper towel. Really does work. Just don't leave it on longer than a couple of seconds or you'll have a nice little black line!

Now, all my little scratches are covered up and it's on to the fun stuff!


This really is an easy little chair to cover, but you still have to make a tiny template to cut your fabric by! Guess what this paper is? You know how I love Marshalls? Well, this is the paper they use to wrap your tiny breakables in! It worked like a charm for my template!

I just pinned the paper to the chair back, right over the olden fabric, took a marker and drew around the edge of where the fabric ended, cut it out and I had my template.

I did the same thing for the seat cover. Here I've pinned the template back on to make sure I had gotten it right. Well, see? I was a little short here on this corner so I just marked where to enlarge a tiny bit with little straight lines and put an X there. When I cut my fabric I would know to add a little extra on that corner.

I got out my glue gun and went to town. I just hot glued the fabric down and that's it! It looks a little jaggedy but that's okay because I'm going to cover the edges with trim and it'll be just right! :)

Okie Dokie! There she is! All newly recovered with fresh cute fabric and trim. What do you think? I've rocked many a mile in this little rocking chair. But you know what? Something is missing! Can you tell? I'm not happy with it yet...


Now then! That's what this little olden rocker needed...a sweet little fringey back pillow! I bought the little rectangle pillow form at JoAnn's and then just made a cover and added this delicious trim...

Do you love it? Oh, I love this wispyish trim. Can you love wispyish trim? Why you bet your needle and thread you can! :)

So here is my little scratches covered up newly recovered little olden foldable rocking chair with a cute little back pillow ~ all done! I think I'm off to a good start on spiffing up my guest room don't you? Now let's see what else I can get into! :)

Be sure to go and visit our Dear Transformation Diva Susan!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

GRANDMA'S ROCKING CHAIR

I went to live with Grandma when I was just a kid.
And if someone ever needed someone,
I'm someone who did.
She loved Grandpa and Jesus with plenty love to share;
And she told me all about it in that big old rocking chair.

I learned about Jesus in Grandma's rocking chair;
And, sometimes, when I'm troubled, I wish that I were there.
For when she sang of His sweet love, I didn't have a care.
I learned about Jesus in my Grandma's rocking chair.

I used to love to hear her hum as she worked through the day.
And each night at bedtime, I loved to hear her pray.
She told me about heaven waiting way up there;
And I first felt the feeling in my Grandma's rocking chair.

I learned about Jesus in Grandma's rocking chair,
And, sometimes, when I'm troubled, I wish that I were there.
For when she sang of His sweet love, I didn't have a care;
I learned about Jesus in my Grandma's rocking chair.

For when she sang of His sweet love, I didn't have a care.
I learned about Jesus in my Grandma's rocking chair.
~written by Joe Hemphill

57 comments:

  1. You did a fabulous job on this precious olden rocker..it looks just perfect for a sweet guest room.
    I hope your tiny mom is doing so good.
    xo bj

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  2. Wow! Shelia, I'm going to use the glue down method! I've never done that. This chair is gorgeous!!

    I've used the Sharpie touch ups before! Works great!!

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  3. Beautiful re-make of the rocker - I love it! That's a lovely song too. I hope you have had a wonderful weekend. Blessings to your Mom as well.

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  4. I use to have a rocker just like that, I have no idea what ever happened to it. lol I really liked the first fabric, but I LOVE the new fabric. I am so into yellow all of a sudden. Your cute little pillow just made it. It is just darling. Hugs, Marty

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  5. You are so good - look how that flower is centered on the back & seat. Can hardly wait to see the rest of the room. Sally

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  6. Shelia, you made this project look so easy - but I know it was tricky and you did a fantastic job! You picked such a wonderful fabric and trim to coordinate - beautiful! Linda

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  7. What beautiful fabric! I love the updated look of this - fabulous!

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  8. Very sweet rocker and you do a fantastic job foofing it up! Love the pillow with the wispyish trim!

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  9. Great job on the chair and I love the poem too!
    Carolyn

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  10. Oh Sheila !
    What a great way to update that rocker - I remember those folding rockers....so sweet. The pillow is a very nice touch. I love the colors you chose !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  11. Oh my...this is beautiful!!! I love the fabric and the pillow is perfection!!!

    Enjoy your evening!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  12. How adorable that turned out. What a beautiful makeover. Great job Shelia. I love the colors and the trim.

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  13. Omigosh! It's gorgeous!! Love the fabric you chose.

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  14. Oooooo, that fabric is just gorgeous! And the matching pillow is so nice. Beautiful job!
    ~Michelle

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  15. wow! it's beautiful! and i love the pillow :)

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  16. I love the new fabric and pillow. You did such a great job on revitalizing that beautiful old rocker.

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  17. Sheila! That turned out beautiful! The pillow adds just the perfect touch! Looks so inviting and cheery!

    Karyn

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  18. What a beautiful makeover, Sheila! The fabric is so cheery and the pillow is the perfect touch. Have a wonderful upcoming week!
    ~Kelli

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  19. I am loving that rocker!!! and what a beautiful job you did!!!
    glad your roses are perking up!!! hope you will post them!

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  20. I love the chair, but I really LOVE that fabric!

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  21. First of all, I fell in love with this cute little rocker the instant I saw it!! But then...your new fabric is gorgeous...and the pillow with the whimsical fringe is the icing on the cake! I would have never known you could do that with just a hot glue gun!
    And glad to know about the Sharpie tip! :-) Laura

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  22. What a nice chair you have there and you've spruced her right up!
    Neat-o-

    I like this song also-Tell me the story of Jesus...I love to hear!

    Blessings,
    Deanna

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  23. Oh wow! I love what you did to the rocker! The fabric looks so cheerful. :)
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  24. Such a pretty choice in the fabric! I always assumed cushions would somehow come off the chairs to staple fabric behind - I never thought about recovering a chair this way!!! THanks for the easy way of doing it!!

    blessings
    mary

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  25. Shelia, the rocker looks fantastic! Amazing what a change of fabric can do for something like that. I think I have some litle chairs with the same design in the wood on the back. I also enjoyed the words to that song. What a precious song it is. Thanks for all you share with us. laurie

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  26. Oh, Shelady! This is a stunning transformation. I do believe I'm in lust with your fabric! It's adorable on your chair. And the pillow with the wispyish trim is so cute! Love it ALL! Great job, my friend!

    Have missed you a bunch...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  27. Oh, Shelady! This is a stunning transformation. I do believe I'm in lust with your fabric! It's adorable on your chair. And the pillow with the wispyish trim is so cute! Love it ALL! Great job, my friend!

    Have missed you a bunch...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  28. Shelia, the fabric you chose is so pretty and fresh. I love the fringe you put on the matching pillow. What a lovely transformation!

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  29. What a lovely metamorphosis, Shelia!!

    Have a blessed week!

    Jan

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  30. Morning dear Shelia~

    You bet your wispyish trim I love that rocking chair~ yes I do....LOVE IT! Fabric, covered scratches & all. :)

    Have a great day!

    Hugs~ J

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  31. Great chair makeover! I've never seen a rocker like that one, it's got really nice lines. Have a great week!

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  32. Wonderful tranformation, I really like the new fresh colors. And you made it look so easy too. Good work!

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  33. Well I would have never known to recover like that. You are a genius. I love the fabric too.

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  34. Sheila, I just love your little Ladies rocker. You did such a wonderful job of restoring it. The floral fabric is just perfect and I too LOVE your fringe. Enjoy and rock away.
    Jean in Virginia

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  35. I love the new fabric you chose. And the song was delightful.
    Dawn

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  36. Updated family treasures are the best. So colorful. Rock away girlfriend:)
    Joyce

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  37. That is awsome Sheila. I loved the transformation.

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  38. OOOHHH! Much better!!! Happy MM!

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  39. This is a complete transformation of the highest degree, Shelia! Totally changed the look of that chair. And I am impressed with that pillow as well. It just makes the whole thing so special! You would make a good upholsterer. Oh, and where would we be without our furniture pens for those scratches and imperfections?
    Brenda

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  40. Beautiful redo...love that fabric and the pillow makes it perfect...

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  41. Feedsack FantasyMonday, June 22, 2009

    Congrats! on your win at Rebecca's. I love your post & poem ... what beautiful words re Mother. Have a beautfiul day ~ TTFN ~Marydon

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  42. Shelia, your chair is dreamy....absolutely gorgeous....!

    Perfect place to sit with a cup of tea.

    Hugs, Barb

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  43. I love it! And the pillow is just the right touch.

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  44. Hi Shelia,

    I absolutely LOVE that beautiful rocking chair. The new fabric, trim and pillow are FABULOUS! You sure make it sound easy!!!! I LOVE those colors....so summery and pretty!

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  45. How pretty you've made it! Well done! I love the pillow you made for it and the fringe you chose. It looks great!

    Manuela

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  46. Looks like you and I could enjoy a weekend together. We have got the same projects on the brain. Yours came out so sweet. Im still working on mine and have the painted fingers to boot. Your chair is just what I needed to see to get me off my duff and back to work! Hugs~

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  47. Dear Shelia, You are amazing! Your chair is absolutely beautiful. I love the color of fabric you chose and the little pillow is just the right touch. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the room. Give our favorite little pooch a great big hug from Charli and me.

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  48. What a wonderful job you have done on your Rocking Chair! I love the colors. Now want to come to my house? I have a few chair that need a make over!

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  49. Love the fabric! You gave that chair a totally new and fresh look!

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  50. Hello Shelia - love the chair make-over. It's fabulous! The fabric is so pretty - and yes, the pillow gave it an extra touch of sweetness!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  51. Hello Shelia; Oh my what a beautiful redo. I love that fabric, and the sweet back pillow with that yummy trim,,,, what a great job you did... Have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  52. Oh Shelia! That turned out so perfect! I especially love that you could just glue gun the fabric and trim on. The pretty pillow just really finished the look! You did a GREAT job!

    Kady

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  53. Great transformation!! The new fabric is very fresh and pretty. And yes, you can definitely love wispyish trim :-)

    Thanks for your kind comments about my sunburst mirror :-) Trust me, there are lots of things I can't do... but, I CAN spray paint!! :-D

    Kelly @ DesignTies

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  54. Sheila... what a grand job you did... i apprecite the hint on making the fabric pattern... and I adore the fabric you've chosen... a perfect job!

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  55. Now..that is just perfect! What a difference. I wish you had shown it in the little guest room. You will ...won't you? :) I don't think I would have ever guessed the amazing homemakers that were in the world without discovering blogging.. You did a wonderful job, Sheila!
    ~smiles~
    Mona

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  56. Now..that is just perfect! What a difference. I wish you had shown it in the little guest room. You will ...won't you? :) I don't think I would have ever guessed the amazing homemakers that were in the world without discovering blogging.. You did a wonderful job, Sheila!
    ~smiles~
    Mona

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  57. I can't believe you did this with hot glue! And boy do I love the material you chose. The colors are just gorgeous. And yes, I'm loving the whispy trim too!

    Justiney :o )

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