Rarely do I ever spend a significant amount of money on an item for my home. I change my mind too much.
And rarely do I ever pay someone else to do something home-related for me. I am a DIY-er.
However, this rocking chair was the exception to both. I spent $400 to restore it. Yes, you read that right. I’m still picking up my jaw as well.
If this were any old rocking chair, I would have never spent that kind of money. As most people would have done, I would have considered this chair too far gone and tossed it in the trash.
But it was not any old rocking chair. This dilapidated, layers-upon-layers-of-paint, broken-arm, broken-spindles, broken-seat, broken-back rocking chair was the rocking chair my great-grandfather went to buy with his father when he was just a boy.
And somehow, I was lucky enough to end up with it.
Now do you see why I had to get it fixed?
The rocking chair sat in a barn for I don’t know how long before I got it. And then it sat in my garage for a few years while I saved up money to repair it. Obviously, this repair was beyond my pay grade. I am not talented enough to make new spindles and fix that chair seat and back. And as old as this piece was, I’m sure that was lead paint. I don’t do lead paint.
I took it to furniture repair shops, and none could believe I would actually spend the money to restore it. Well, obviously, they did not know me and how attached to family heirlooms I am.
So after warning me multiple times about the cost, one furniture repair shop finally stripped it, fixed the arm and the spindles, and made a new seat and back for it.
A much-needed paint job was all that was left to do. No, I did not go with green because it's my new favorite color. Yes, I’m well-aware I could be wearing out green with my barstools, front door, lamp and now this.
I went with green because it appeared that green was the original color. We were a match made in heaven. Green it was—Precious Emerald by Behr, to be exact.
What do you think? Was it worth $400? You certainly can’t create character like that in a day.
You can see the full rocking chair transformation here.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.
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