As I was on my way to the post office, a little wooden rocker sat all alone by the curb in front of a neighbor's house. The next day was trash day.
On my way back from the post office, I hoped the little chair would still be there and lo and behold, it was.
I figured the chair must be broken but it wasn't. It had some kids' stickers stuck to it and quite a bit of permanent marker drawn on it but otherwise, it was perfect. Into my trunk it went. I had plans for this little seat.
The first thing I did was get my husband to remove the stickers and sand it down as much as possible. Here's how it looked after he gave it a whirl:
Unfortunately, the week leading up to Maisie's birthday was very humid and my house isn't centrally air conditioned. That was not good for getting the paint to dry. I decided to use an oil based paint because I had some left from another project and it was just the right color of off-white that still appeared white. First I gave it a good prime. When the primer was dry, nicely covering the marker that didn't sand away, I brushed on the first coat.
It took 2 coats of paint and seemed to take forever to dry between coats. While it was drying I decided to make a little cushion for it. I pieced together some strips for the top and made the back so it had a slip-in opening. I attached some rick rack to tie the cushion to the spindles. I filled the cushion with some really cheap batting that a friend had used to wrap and send a gift to us.
Here's how it looked when it was done:
I wished I had made the cover a LITTLE bigger. I custom made the pattern by drawing it on some newspaper and I should have been a little more careful with my sizing.
However, Maisie's bottom fit on it just fine. Though the cute little chair is totally cuter when filled with my adorable little red-headed niece complete with little pony tails!