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Attempting Aloha: Jan 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Little Rocking Chair that Could


Here's a little story about a persistent 3-year-old who likes to ride with me in the car when I check out "curb alerts" I see on Craigslist.

One evening I saw a post on Craigslist for free lumber, and it was near my house. As I jumped in the car, my daughter begged to go with me, so I happily strapped her in her carseat, and we were off on our adventure. When we got there, the promised lumber was waiting, and there was also this little hideous well-loved rocking chair.  We'll call the chair "Pat".

As soon as my sweet 3-year-old laid eyes on Pat, she had to have it. I told her it was garbage and that mommy couldn't fix those slats on the seat. It was just too old and beat up. ((seriously...LOOK at that damage))

But she cried and begged, and flattered me by saying, "You fix everything, mommy."  And the challenge was on. So I threw it in my car, and we were on our way.

At first, I had visions of gluing the slats and sanding them down really well. FAIL.
Then I thought I might cut new slats. FAIL. (the curves in them made it way too awkward)

But I had removed all the other slats and sanded it down as much as my poor arms could handle.

And then inspiration struck, and I decided to just make one single seat and then upholster it!

I measured out the seat and cut out my piece with a jig saw.

Then I cut out some left-over foam padding from the doll bed mattresses I had made.

Then used an old blanket as the batting that I used in THIS project.

And the final step was to let my daughter shop in my fabric closet. Also, somewhere along the lines I painted it white. ;)

Quick recap:  Free chair + left-over wood, padding, batting, paint, and fabric + 1 hour of mom's life = the most delighted 3-year-old ever and one proud mama.

Not bad at all.