before & after: rocking + director’s chairs


today’s first before & afters are all about chairs. d*s reader kari recently had her first child and wanted to update a rocker to use in his room. after finding a $10 wooden rocker on craigslist, kari cleaned up the frame and reupholstered the seat and back pads with a cheerful new fabric to match the nursery’s color theme. well done, kari!

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sally from the home tailor sent in this fun director’s chair makeover. sally found the chair “feeling quite unloved” in her father in law’s garage, so she decided to reclaim it for a project. after cleaning and staining the frame, she updated the chair with a new padded seat and back. now it calls sally’s london space home and has a whole new life outside of the garage. great work, sally!

Lorena

Small changes made a great makeover,
the rocking chair now looks hip, and the director chair is reborn! :)

Sara L.

Wow, both chairs look fantastic! I love a good director’s chair. One off topic question: Where is that adorable teddy on the rocker from?? So cute.

ginger

Great fabric choices for both chairs!

Also – I love the cream, orange, French grey and charcoal colour combo in the nursery. It is not a combination that I have seen before in a baby’s room but it is modern, refreshing, cheerful and beautiful.

brandy

Oh gosh! I have a rocker identical to that and it needs recovering. But I couldn’t figure out how to get the cushions off to do so. Any chance Kari would share how she did it? Pretty Please??!!

Sharon

Nice work! Where do you get your awesome fabrics from? I love them!

Doran

wow, my parents used to have that rocking chair like 25 years ago.. don’t know what happened to it but it could’ve looked this fabulous!

the fabric is really cool.. makes even old stuff so refreshing!

Iryna@Renewstuff

Gorgeous makeovers – both of them. I have the exact same rocking chair, only the seat and the back are caned. I love my chair as is, but it’s a bit hard for sitting for a long time. Replacing caning with upholstery might solve the problem. I am also interested in a tutorial!

patricia

definitely impressed by both makeovers, but wow, what a stellar $10 craigslist find!

Rosa

I, too, would love to know where the adorable teddy came from. Great chairs… I’m definitely inspired!

Molly

I was wondering where the fabric for the rocking chair came from as well. It doesn’t look exactly like the IKEA fabric. But close. Great makeovers. I am inspired.

Nadia

The rocking chair is beautiful!! I also have the same chair and spent quite a while trying to figure out how to get the cushion off to re-upholster it before giving up. I would also love a tutorial from Kari!

pamela wakelin

I love them director chair. The fabric used makes it a nice casual chair. I like the rocking chair as well

Sarah

I agree with Brandy and Nadia – I want to cover a chair just like this! How do I do it?

Kari

Thanks for all the positive comments about the rocker!
The fabric is from IKEA as well as the teddy bear but I got the bear a couple of years ago.
Brandy – I was surprised to figure out that the chair pads were glued to the frame. I used a putty knife to pry it of the frame.

Christina Sjogren

I absolutely love the directors chair! What a fantastic tranformation! Where can I buy it? At a time like this it is especially wonderful to see things being valued, recycled, transformed and given a whole new lease of life! So creative and with wonderful results! Love it!

Jenny

I see you, Kari! Great to see your rocker redo up here. You did a great job!

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