I dunno where the obsession started but once I had it in my head that I wanted a rocking chair, I didn't give up until I got one! Obviously it was gonna be pretty hard to find one that matched my tastes and so I was up for the challenge of a bit of an up-cycle project.
After asking around someone suggested putting a 'Wanted' post up on a local Facebook selling page and a couple days later someone let me know that our local Salvation Army had one in for only £25.00.
After a little 3 and a half mile, predominantly up-hill, trek, Jake bought me it.
It wasn't pretty...far from! And it needed a lot of love, with a broken arm (unable to see in photo) and lots of marks, but who could complain for £25!!
I started of washing it down and beginning the sanding by hand, until my hand was nearly dropping off! So my fab Dad popped down to Argos, got himself a new electric sander which he kindly lent me and 3 days, alot of elbow grease, sand paper sheets and white spirit later it was ready to stain.
Or so I thought. The wood 'stain' I used ended up being more of a paint and instead of soaking into the wood, coated it with a sheen. Yeah, I was a little disappointed to begin with though after a few coats and seeing it in it's new setting I think it's worked out okay.
Trial and error is always the way. All this chalk paint and pastel wrecked antique furniture everywhere actually upsets me so at least I managed to save one piece from being trashed completely! Looking forward to my next project...
What do you think? Have you done up any pieces for your own home? If you have I'd love to see what you did with them! (Unless you're an Annie Sloan fan...just kidding :P, each to their own afterall.)