I've been trying to hold myself to some basic guidelines when it comes to bringing new furniture into the house. We're aiming to save for quality pieces we love that can stand the test of time (so we're not replacing things as often), but they also need to have an aspect of versatility. If I come across an item and can quickly think of 2-3 places it could grace the house with its awesomeness, I know it's a winner.
So, I revisited the glide/rock function. Was it really necessary? We need a place to feed the baby and snuggle up for a story. I've been nursing in a stationary chair thus far with no issues, and it might be easier to work a regular chair into the rest of our living space down the line.
And with the the glide/rock feature no longer a requirement, a whole new set of possibilities were opened. I've been eying many a side chair, but couldn't land on the right style/price point marriage.
So, I started looking second hand. Craigslist, garage sales,etc. And last week I hit the jackpot. I snagged this beauty from an estate sale.....good condition, great lines, tufted back, cushioned armrests, roomy, comfy, and subtle sweet details like the engraved florals on the trim.
If you google "how to clean upholstery", you'll be met with a slew of articles. I read though a few and ended up combining several tips and adding few of our own. The good news? It's super easy. So, forgive the phone pics here and let's get started!
To catch any rogue hairs and to really get the underside of the chair, I also went over the whole thing with a lint roller after the vacuum.
Next, go to your panty and grab a box of baking soda.
Then it's time for your witches' brew.
Now, grab your hand mixer.
A wisk would work too but you'll need to mix a little longer and prepare for wrist crampage.
Then, employ your minions...
You want to grab just the bubbles and avoid any liquid at the bottom of the bowl. We used our hands to scoop/rub since the chair was not that dirty, but you could also use a sponge.
I left it in the garage to dry and then put the cushion back in place. So fresh and so clean! I would have brought the chair in as soon as it dried, but that trim is getting a paint job. I'm using a less than comfortable chair in Liv's room right now, in which I have to contort my body to feed her, so I can wait to get this chair up there!
Has anyone else tried their hand at this or managed to bring a dingy piece back to life? Tell us your tales!
Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out!