Baby Bear’s Chair


We took Kitty up north for a flying visit to H’s parents and the rest of the extended family last weekend.

And there, waiting for her, was a very special present. In de-cluttering their house, friends of my parents in law had handed on a veritable playground of toys for a special granddaughter.   Some of them she’ll need to grow into, and some will be passed on again, but sat just at the edge of  the collection filling the garage floor, was a chair.

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A little rocking chair, perfectly Kitty-sized, and just right for our Goldilocks. It was love at first sight. She sat their delightedly and giggled at her Granddad, then tentatively rocked back and forward, clasping the end of each arm with hot little hands.

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By the end of the weekend she’d progressed to climbing in and out and lurching back and forward while kneeling up and clinging to the seat back (NB Mama is not too keen on this), and discovered that if she first pushed the chair over towards the coffee table/bookcase/anything removed to a great height by cautious grandparents, it proved a perfect booster to get to all that exciting porcelain contraband.

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She’s growing like a weed again and a recent growth spurt caught me by surprise when I turned up to nursery to find that the ankle length leggings that I’d carefully packed as reserve clothes in the morning had become pedal pushers in the course of the day.

With that in mind, we brought home the little chair and I’m planning to refurbish the woodwork and paint it white, and re-upholster the seat and chair back, probably with the length of Cath Kidston strawberry print canvas that’s been sitting in the stash for a while.

I so want to do this right, but I’ve never upholstered a chair before, the closest I’ve ever got was watching an episode of Kirstie’s Homemade Home. Please, pretty please, if you know of any good resources, drop me a note in the comments.

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  • mandycharlie 04/11/2011 at 11:03 pm

    All I know is that painting over varnish is not recommended as the paint won’t bond to it. You have to remove all the varnish, prime then paint. (I quiet like the varnish, it looks nice – I also like the upholstery!, – hopeless aren’t I) I love kitty’s party frock and bolero, she looks just like a princess.

  • Caroline M 05/11/2011 at 10:41 am

    I’d do my usual and see if the library stock holds any books on upholstery (well worth the 80p reservation fee) and then top that up with Google. A staple gun is much easier than hammering in tacks, it takes fewer hands.