Before & After: From Old Armchair to Gorgeous Glider

published Nov 21, 2013
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This space-starved NYC couple is practical about their design choices so when the time came to furnish their first nursery (congrats!), they were horrified at the choice in baby furniture — most of it was insanely expensive and huge.

(Image credit: Al)

But thanks to some lucky thrifting, great directions from Honey And Fitz and a very handy husband, Alison got the perfect, customized rocker on the cheap!

From Alison:

After some internet research, we came across instructions on how to turn any upholstered chair into a swivel rocking chair. We wound up finding a fantastic Crate and Barrel chair at Housing Works (a NYC Thrift store) for $25. The size was right and it was comfortable. The fabric on it was really worn but we were prepared for reupholstering. We took the chair apart piece by piece labeling each with a sharpie. The foam and batting was in perfect condition and didn’t need replacing. Since we don’t have a sewing machine, we asked our dry cleaner to create the new seat cushion cover. Instead of sewing the arms, we used tacking tape and staples. For the back piece of fabric, we used rivets and iron-on hemming (and some upholstery nails hidden by rivets) We splurged on fabric from Mood. Overall, the project took 6 weeks (we took our time) and cost $382, much cheaper than traditional upholstered nursery gliders.

See more photos and amazing step-by-step instructions at mtjrt.

Thank you Alison!

*UPDATE— We just heard from Alison that she delivered a beautiful baby boy just yesterday. Congratulations!