Antique Rocker with an Upholstery Webbing Seat

It's another day and once again I pulled a U turn
in the middle of the road on my way to work.

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I noticed a pile of antique chairs by a tree that I could not pass up!


One of the chairs, an antique rocker, was in great shape
except for the wicker seat... it's hard to find a wicker seat around in tact anymore.

The rocker had been painted (badly I might add) with a light grey flat paint.  

I thought the grey would make a good undercoat for the 
Emperor's Silk Red I wanted to use. 

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I distressed the red chalk paint letting the grey shine through.

Red and grey... a great combination. (Think OSU)

Next I set to work on the seat. 

I had 2 bolts of red and grey upholstery webbing in my stash that would be great for this job.

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There are no pictures of the during because I was too busy
pulling my hair out!  This was NO job for amateurs!

If this wasn't my first attempt at re-webbing a seat,
I might have known that a stretcher was really what I needed to easily pull the webbing tight. 

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Don't get me wrong, the chair seat is great.

The webbing is strong. I used staples, glue, and upholstery tacks.

The seat isn't going anywhere.... but it was a huge job
that may have been easier with the right tools!

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And now this cute little rocker with the new webbed
seat is finished... a big job but a big save from the land fill 
and that's what counts!.

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .