Vintage Pressed Back Rocking Chair

Antique press back sewing rocker

I previously had this rocking chair in the booth, but switched it out with another rocking chair. I painted it in a cheerful cream color and decided Spring was a good time to display it again for sale. But before I took it back to the booth I decided to tweak the design and re-shoot the photos.


Before

The rocking chair is quite old and I estimate it from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. Structurally it was in great shape, but the finish was long gone and there was significant wear to the pressed back design.

Before antique pressed back rocking chair
Before

I initially painted it in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Cream, added some distressing, and then sealed it with clear wax.

First re-do attempt: Painted in Cream, distressed, and sealed with clear wax.

Below is my first attempt at taking the sales photos. I think the background is too busy and takes the focus away from the rocking chair.
First attempt at staging: background is too cluttered.
First attempt at staging: background is too cluttered.


After

I applied a light coat of dark wax to re-fresh the look and add some definition to the color. I think the plain background helps keep the focus on the rocking chair.

After: Restaged with neutral background.  The focus is now on the rocking chair.
After: Restaged with neutral background.
The focus is now on the rocking chair.

The dark wax isn't overpowering and the piece still has a light and airy feel.

Dark wax added for definition and vintage charm.
Dark wax added for definition and vintage charm.

The color itself is neutral and will work with a variety of color schemes. I picture it in a nursery which would add a bit of vintage charm, or used on a back porch to sit and relax while sipping iced tea.

Distressing and dark wax lends itself to vintage pieces.
Distressing and dark wax lends itself to vintage pieces.

One of my goals this year was to work on my photography and staging. It's fun to look back at my previous attempts  and see the progress I'm making. One thing I've learned is if I wait for everything to be perfect nothing would ever get done. Live, learn, and grow . . .

The Black Sheep Shoppe Giving furniture a second chance.
The Black Sheep Shoppe
Giving furniture a second chance.

I hope you enjoyed today's short-and-sweet post. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Supply List

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