|Project by Don Butler||posted 10-26-2012 01:27 PM||1688 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
My client brought my attention to this piece by mentioning that he had an old rocker with animal feet on the front legs. I thought that to be very unusual and he said he’d like to have it restored since it was in poor condition.
The finish was in deplorable condition and nails and screws had been driven in through the legs to hold it together. There was no upholstery on it at all, just some straps tacked on to hold a cushion or something. All the joints were loose and there was even some mud in the carved paw feet.
I found a Southern antique expert who said it was probably a factory built chair around the early 1900s, not a valuable antique, but a nice keepsake.
First I had to disassemble everything and repair the damage done by the makeshift repairs inflicted on it. The old finish, badly oxidized and beat up was scraped and sanded off and restained approximately the same color. After assembly it was finished with poly, hand rubbed with 0000 steel wool and finishing wax.
With the new upholstery carefully selected for the period it finally looks like a rocker from a Victorian parlor.
Don “Dances With Wood” Butler
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