A Grandfather's Rocking Chair - Custom Refinish Before & After

Before After
This huge chunky rocking chair from 1974 belongs to the grandfather of my good friend Allison Kimball. She said it is the only chair he will sit in. He has been quite ill lately and just home from the hospital for a few weeks. When Mike dropped the chair off at his home he said he slowly made his way to the chair. I think he was very happy to have it back! I have a few wonderful rocking chairs of my own but I have never seen such a big chunky chair before. I do not think the pictures illustrate its size.
All of the spindles are super chunky! Even the vertical wood detail going up the back.
I hope Allison's grandfather rests comfortably in his newly refinished chair and has more days of good health ahead of him.

Happy Monday!

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Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

It looks great! Love the dark with the distressing!


AllisonK said...

He is so happy to have his chair back and is thrilled that Mike was able to fix some of the loose parts. Thank you.

It looks fabulous!

michelle said...

Aww that was really sweet to fix it up for him! It actually looks pretty comfy too. You did another fantastic job, I love the black and distressing!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i just painted the exact same chair a month ago! i did it fro a client as well- it was a robin egg blue. love it in the black- it looks so stately!

NanaDiana said...

Melanie- You are a good soul to paint that chair and make it nice for him. I hope he is well enough to enjoy it. Someone I know had one of those huge rockers too. I always said it was a man's chair because it was too big for me to feel comfortable in it...and I am no small fry...(got that way eating large fries)>) You did a great job, my friend. Hugs to you! Diana

AshTreeCottage said...

You did a great job. It's just perfect for a granfather!

Susan and Bentley

Kathy@ Gone North said...

WoW!!! Good job! I own that exact chair, bought in the late
70's, when we were expecting our 1st son. I never wanted to get rid of it, because I rocked the boys in it. Thanks for the idea, I am going to paint it : )
What paint did you use? I love how yours turned out.

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This is a beautiful job...it makes this chair looks so classy and vintage!!!

DesignTies said...

The rocking chair looked good before, but it looks great now!! It really makes a statement in black, and the distressing gives it some nice patina and character.

I'm sure Allison's grandfather will enjoy many hours rocking in his fab "new" chair :-)


Heaven's Walk - said...

What a blessing you are to that dear old man, Melanie! He must have been just thrilled to see how beautiful it turned out. It's funny how with this link parties, I am always drawn to your photos. When I click on it, there you are! lol! You both do great work and I really enjoy your transformations. :)

xoxo laurie

Maggie said...

I love it - what a difference.

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