Introduction: Kid's Rocking Moroccan Makeover

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My usual Goodwill perusal turned up a $6.99 kid's rocking chair that had seen better days.  Having previously designed and created kid's rockers for, I am very familiar with downsizing adult looks to kid sized proportions. This would be a cinch. In comes the Moroccan look or, you may even call it Anthropologie-inspired. Either way, it's an easy style to adapt for a nursery or kid's bedroom.
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Here we go...

Step 1: Teardown

Here's the worn out saggy seated rocker throwing a tantrum for a makeover. The first order of business was to strip it down to the bones and sand off the shiny finish.

Step 2: Freshen Up the Frame

White primer and white glossy spray paint worked just fine. It's always a pain to wait for the paint to dry thoroughly.

Step 3: Attach a Fresh, Tight Foundation and Padding

Here is where you need to re-do the base that will hold the padding. You need to add jute webbing stips, burlap, padding (fluffed up straw like material taken out of the old upholstery), add new batting and a new dacron covering. Then you'll be ready to upholster

Step 4: Upholstery Time

Once the padding is ready, you can upholster the seat or back in whichever order you choose. I happened to have run out of fabric for the outside back (OB), so I had to stitch two pieces together and cover up the seam with a piece of pink ribbon. Clever disguise, if I do say so myself.
Then, just make a cute little pillow to add some pizazz.

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