When you own a furniture refinishing business, you sign up to see a lot of rockers. In the years we’ve been doing this, we’ve seen rockers in every size/state imaginable.
Recently, a rocker came in that didn’t start out as a rocker. In its previous life, it was just a normal chair. At some point, stretchers were added and it was transformed into a rocker.
As most rockers do, it possessed sentimental value to our customer and he wanted it refinished and reupholstered. We commenced the process by ripping off all the old leather and nails to strip the wooden frame. If your ever curious about how old your furniture is, rip off the fabric and see what the padding is made out of. If its horse hair, you know it was a really old piece. Nylon has since replaced this as a viable padding option.
After stripping the piece, it needed to be re-glued and sanded thoroughly. Usually, we’re left with a raw wood at this point. Because the chair was old, it had been dyed red. That red wasn’t coming out of the chair no matter how much we sanded. Therefore, the customer had to go with the darkest stain possible to counteract the red. As a refinisher, you’re forced to work with what you have. Some things have to go dark no matter what. In this case, the customer wanted the chair dark anyways, so it was a win.
After refinishing the piece, we turned it over to our upholstery team. Our customer made a great fabric choice to match the wood. The fabric featured a beautiful red, brown and honey colored diamond pattern.
Upon completion, it was another successful rocker refinish. We see a lot of them and they always look great.
If you have a piece of furniture that needs refinishing, painting or upholstery, give us a call or click on the work order request below. We’d love the opportunity to earn your business.