Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vintage Thursdays



In 1915 or so my maternal grandfather gave this rocker to my maternal grandmother as a gift for their first wedding anniversary.  For fifty plus years it lived as an onxy-colored piece of furniture.  Then, during the late 60's, it became a red head.

I've always loved this rocker as a study base.  Its wide seat always allowed ample room for me to sit cross-legged with a book or books propped up. During my one and only crafting adventure, the chair proved wide enough to hold a hook rug project.  And then, when I gave birth to my last baby, the chair became mine.  With its broad seat and sturdy arms, the chair was perfect for rocking and nursing the baby.

I would like to return the chair to a natural finish, but I surely hate getting starting on those types of projects.

15 comments:

Big Hair Envy said...

What a treasure! You are so fortunate to have it.

Our family is so large that I didn't get any of the antique furniture. I did, however, get a neat crock and some other odds and ends from my grandmother. They are priceless.

Jewelgirl said...

A wonderful family treasure! I can
tell it means so much to you to
own it!

Lidian said...

That is a beautiful rocking chair!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

purty!

LadiesoftheHouse said...

I love the story behind family heirlooms!

Coloradolady said...

What a great thing to have that was made with much love....I just love stories like that. I do love the red, the finish looks really nice. I would have a hard time stripping off that red, I tend to like red things.

ellen b said...

That is a great rocker for sure. Enjoy...

Grandma J said...

Very nice! I love it the color it is, but I also like natural wood. I had a detailed piece sandblasted once. It did a nice job of removing all the old paint and varnish.

sista #2 said...

I always wondered why people painted the old furniture??

You can do it...take it off...take it all off!!!!

peace
#2

Elizabeth said...

What a super family treasure, you're lucky to have it!

Mental P Mama said...

That chair is beautiful. Can't wait to see how you make out with it...

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

At least it's a thought. Hell, it's taken me over two tears to do a dresser...hehe

Come by, you've been tagged.

jojo said...

I love that rocker...it's alot like the one I have that was passed down and I rocked my babies in it too. I'm just waiting for one of my children to make me a granny so I can pass it on to them I'd get rid of the red though...never could figure out why people do that ;)

Fiona said...

My parents have a similar rocking chair - but it is stained a bright green! It was in my nursery when I was a baby. Just before we got married we found a rocking chair at a garage sale. I took it home to my parents and we started to strip it, it was a dull honey sort of finish. Mum complained that we were spreading sawdust everywhere ... the project dragged on after we married in our new place ... eventually we finished and re-stained and varnished it ... it looked almost the same as when we bought it! I wonder why we bothered, except that it was our first piece of "remodeling", we just HAD to do it! We still have the rocking chair today, although some of the spindle parts have cracked. Love yours.

Sue said...

I love the rockin' red. Embrace the color, it's a lot easier than sanding and refinishing. Ha!