Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Nursery Projects: New Life for an Old Glider

I never thought the day would come! A few weeks ago, I posted about our Craigslist glider purchase. This was our first baby room purchase and I had a great vision to restore the chair, save some money, and have a beautiful little resting place to soothe our new baby.

To be honest, this project proved to be a bit of a bear for me! 
But I am finally finished and quite pleased with the result...

Remember what we started with? The wood was very dirty and the cushions were worn, torn & very stained. {I think this chair lived in a barn for the last 10 years!} Not to mention I was not a fan of the "seashell-esque" back cushion!

I liked the crisp white that the glider was already painted, so first I cleaned it up with soap & elbow grease.
New foam purchased with my trusty 50% off Joann's coupon was well worth the $20 for new cushions...
I knew that I wanted a tufted look, which I created using buttons that I covered in the same fabric. And since this was going in a nursery, I used big 2 inch buttons to add a bit of whimsy.
The fabric was a remnant at my local fabric store, which I purchased for around $10. It is a velvety microfiber, in a soft neutral gray color. It's super soft, perfect for snuggling up with a new baby.
Padded arm covers created using left over foam & batting will be perfect for resting Momma's arms...
And a matching ottoman is a soft place to put tired feet...
There are so many of these gliders for sale second hand on Craigslist and thrift stores. When you add a little hard work, elbow grease, and imagination you really can save a lot of money and rescue a tired old chair!
And create a soft & cozy place for snuggling that new baby of ours...

{And the way I see it, the more dollars you save on nursery furniture, the more you can spend on those adorable itty bitty outfits...right?!}

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11 comments:

Amanda said...

I LOVE IT. Can you come re-do mine?? :) It looks like it was made that way!

michelle said...

Danielle that is beautiful!! You did an amazing job with it. I love the color and it does look really soft and cozy. A perfect place to spend a quiet night. :)

Ginny said...

You did an amazing job!!! Love the arm rests and the bows that tie them on. I really like the tufted buttons too. Talent, talent, talent!!

gwyneth colleen said...

it looks SO great, dani! i'm so impressed.

Shannon said...

WOW~~ you did a wonderful job!! Love the big buttons and the armrests look totally professional!!

Sachiko said...

Great job! I love your choice of fabric, awesome!

Judy said...

You did a really great job. It looks so beautiful and cozy now. I am your latest follower. I would love for you to come and check out my blog and follow me back at www.diybydesign.blogspot.com. Thanks so much.

Karen said...

You did a great job, it is so pretty and soft...perfect for a nursery.

Judy said...

I have featured your chair at my Swing into Spring party. Please stop by and pick up your "I've Been Featured" button.

Nursery Furniture Sets said...

Amazing.. I have never thought it can be used in such a way.. I really like the work and gather a huge knowledge from your post thanks for sharing..

playmobil said...

Stay away from natural beige or pastel fabrics. Furniture fabric can appear soiled from normal wear and tear. And, of course, washable fabrics are a plus.