When I first saw the Skinny laMinx organic cotton that I would be reupholstering this vintage rocking chair with, I though “Wow… Maybe a little toned down color-wise for my taste, but I love the bold character!” When I delivered the completed chair to my clients, I realized how perfect this fabric is for their home. It would sit in company with a vast array of beautiful artwork while refraining from making too much of a statement itself.
Once the old material was removed, I found out this chair needed some serious repair to rotting wood, which was actually not too difficult…
To repair the wood, I mixed fine sawdust with wood glue to a spreadable consistency and pressed the mixture into the holes with an artist’s flexible palette knife (a butter knife would work just as well). It was dry and ready to nail in 24 hours. See ‘How to Restore Rotten Wood’ video.
I used a 1″ thick 100% natural latex foam layer to make the seat more comfortable.
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I have a rocker exactly like this! I purchased it as a set with the “his” chair and plan to reupholster both of them. I haven’t removed the current fabric yet but I ordered new fabric today. This will be my first project so I would appreciate any tips as that might help. You did a great job!
I just added link above to my video ‘How to Restore Rotten Wood’ in case you run into that issue with your chairs. If you run into a specific upholstery challenge that isn’t addressed in my videos, you can request a one-on-one consultation to help you work through specific challenges. Best of luck with your project!