This go-round I got down to the skeleton of the chair.
|two of four coverings to get off|
|totally bare and a good washing using Murphy's Oil Soap|
|Oiling the springs|
|old upholstery material for the seat|
|tacks and my hammer|
|and 'ta-da' - using some new material, this chair is ready for use!|
I could've bought a new chair I guess, but I'm really good at loving used but good stuff. This chair holds so many memories! I remember my Dad rocking in this chair - (in my mind's eye I can see him and even hear him as he rocked and sang!). Dad and Mom gave me the chair when our first baby came along. I rocked our 4 babies in it, and it was one of the few furnishings I never parted with when we made our various moves. So happy this is done and that the old chair was given 'new life'. Sometimes, you just know something you love is a "keeper". Now I'm rocking my grand-babies in it.
While doing this project I started exploring various notions. Like: some times in our own life we may just want to cover up the ugly rather than get down to the 'skeleton' of what matters. Or, we just take the quickest route to 'look' good. I don't mean getting rid of all that makes us who we are - good memories are just that - good and precious, and we even gain some mighty fine lessons from some bad times. Every so often though, we're just layering on good to cover up some 'baggage' that really needs cleaned up. It's a good thing to totally get rid of the yuckie layers - just throw them off, clean up, oil out a few squeaking spots and get a totally fresh start. Really, who'd go buy a new suit of clothes and just cover up the old?
I like that: "Wear Love."
(and I'm always up for fresh starts!)
I'm playing along with Miss Jenny ... K for It's a Keeper - the vintage cricket chair
and I thought I'd visit the Shady Porch - chilly or not, I love a good rocking chair!