Thursday, June 3, 2010

...from the beginning (my first post!)



Like so many people I have enjoyed reading blogs for years, often concentrating solely on food/cooking blogs and other times only on DIY, design and decorating ones. I have lately been so inspired by one particular blogger who has been ever so generous with her time and talent and advice. 


For this reason, I dedicate my first post 
to Miss Mustard Seed of Mustard Seed Creations. Because of her help, my brown bentwood rocker (blah) is now happily distressed and loving all the new attention being paid to it. Thank you Miss Mustard Seed!

This rocker has special meaning to me.  
It was a gift from my daughter's Godmother and was waiting for me as a surprise the day we got home from the 
hospital 
many years ago.
Thank you Godmother Jan!



If you'd like to distress an old piece of furniture and give it new life you can follow this tutorial:
Distressing Tutorial from MMS  
I cleaned and primed this rocker and then used Sherwin Williams Creamy semi-gloss paint with a sprayer.  I distressed the caning and wood with a small electric hand sander and then glazed with an old can of dark stain I had laying around.  Good luck!






24 comments:

  1. Congratulations on starting your blog. Your rocking chair is beautiful.
    Mary

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  2. I'm impressed. this will be a fun adventure.
    see you soon. Dee Dee

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  3. You couldn't have chosen a better role model, I adore MMS. Congratulations on your new blog - much success to you.

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  4. Oops, I need to say, you did a wonderful job on that formerly tired-looking rocker :).

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  5. Wow your killing me. You did a great job. I am super impressed. Who knows this could be the next Julia and Julie movie.

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  6. Oh, it looks lovely! Thank you so much for the kind words and dedication. It really is an honor and is exactly what I hoped to achieve when starting a blog. Good luck to you and I just became your 6th follower. :)

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  7. Welcome to the blogging world! I too just started my blog about mid-May. Looks like you're off to a great start! Love the rocker and what you've done to the laundry area. Can't wait to see more from you.

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  8. I am MMS's Mom and anyone giving my daughter such a compliment I'm there :). I am your 8th follower - great job on the rocker!

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  9. Oh KimW thank you so much! Your daughter must have inherited some of her wonderful traits from you...creativity, kindness and generosity! Thanks for being there for me!
    Nancy
    La Maison Reid

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  10. Very nice! I'm fairly new to blogging also. It's been fun so far. Your blog is great!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  11. I just became another follower.
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  12. Love the finishing technique. The rocker look simply stunning. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  13. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging! I just had to say hi when I saw the rocking chair. I had one and loved it until it literally fell apart. What a great job you did.

    You'll find all kinds of fabulous communities & forums in blogland. My favorite is BlogFrog. Great discussions and very helpful women (& some men too).

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  14. It's simply gorgeous and I love it. You did some fantastic work on it.. Hope you have a most lovely week.

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  15. I'm a new Blog follower, but I've been one of your followers/admirers for SO many years! The chair is beautiful - who would have thought??? (I'm the Godmother of chair history!) That chair rocked our beautiful Brienna so many nights - and its still going strong! You did a fabulous job. Ready to rock a grandbaby???

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  16. Awesome blog and rocker!!! You did an amazing job!!! It looks gorgeous!!
    Thanks for sharing :))
    ~ Michella ~
    ~ ~ xoxo ~ ~

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  17. It looks wonderful now! I would so much rather see a piece transformed than tossed out. Great job!

    Thanks for linking up to Time Travel Thursday. Would love to have you link in each week.

    Please be sure to check out the other parties at my cottage, as well.

    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/2010/06/brambleberry-cottage-linky-party.html

    Each party runs for six days, so come on by!

    Hope to see you there!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
    http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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  18. i love how those chairs turned out! great job!

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  19. How special. <3 I really love things with deep meaning. You do GOOD work too by the way!

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  20. The rocker is beautiful! Welcome to bloggy land! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  21. That's great! I would love for you to come link this up at my Strut Your Stuff Party, and enter the giveaway as well!
    http://danajeanward.blogspot.com/2010/11/strut-your-stuff-link-party-and.html

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  22. What a cute update. I grew up with one of those.

    Cheri from www.itssoverycheri.com and www.thediyclub.com

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  23. I have been checking out a few of your article stories and I must say pretty clever stuff. I will definitely bookmark your blog. Thank you very much.

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