A Forgotten Beauty

Friday, July 16, 2021

Have you ever come across something that just grabbed at you, and you know you had to have it?

Like maybe an old forgotten rocking chair quietly sitting, waiting for someone to see it’s potential… and appreciate it’s simple beauty?

It was partially hidden among some other old chairs. A press back rocker.

With the back top detailed in open carvings of floral scrolls.

It was dirty and grungy with a very worn and tattered seat.

The finish had been stripped off here and there from being weathered, sitting on a front porch…partially protected from the elements.

Even though it was just a forgotten frame there was something about it that I just fell in love with. So when this shabby beauty of a rocker was offered as a freebie, I said “Yes,” and it came home with me.


I began the process of restoration by removing the tacks just to remove the tattered, torn, worn-out seat.

I sanded the rocker down with 60 grit sandpaper and my orbital sander in places that I could get the sander to. In places that the sander did not fit…I used good old fashioned elbow grease with sandpaper to remove dirt, grime and the remaining stain. I sanded it down to bare wood, to my liking.

Some spots may still seem darker, but I like that it gives the chair age and depth…

keeping the natural warmth of the wood.

How Did I Treat the Carved Back?

Using the corner of my orbital sander and a point on a piece of folded sandpaper I gently sanded the carvings to clean out the stain, arriving at the patina I have achieved.

Originally, I thought I would reupholster it and repair it to bring it back to what it once may have looked like. But the more that naked chair frame has sat…  the more I appreciated it’s rustic elegance and decided to leave it to maybe simply wearing it’s elegant carvings and nothing else.

Simple and beautiful!

I love this chair with all it’s rustic goodness and beautiful imperfections.

It evokes beauty and curiosity.

It has inspired me to play…

Adding folded burlap & dried florals to the seat, I snapped some photos of it’s reclaimed raw and natural beauty.

As my friend from Burlapluxe would say…

“Decayed raw beauty, not for sitting & rocking, but just for looking at.”

~ Dore Callaway https://www.instagram.com/burlapluxe/

A non-practical piece.

They say that if you love it, you will find a place for it.

For now, it is front & center sitting in the foyer of my house.

Maybe tucked a little out-of-the way…;)

I would like to think that as it holds that sprinkle of dried floral beauty it creates a little romance.

Beautiful imperfections…

Tack holes & all!

The burlap looks quite good…I may have just found the covering for a new cushion. But, rest assured, it won’t be covering the tack holes or marks of love & use.

It’s not complete…still missing a cushion for it’s seat and a back support…

If not for rocking…

then just for looking soft-n-pretty.

I hope you enjoyed my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.’

If you stopped by the blog, thanks for stopping! I would love to hear from you, so please drop me a little note.

Simple Summer Pear Island Vignette

Friday, July 9, 2021

Well summer has been a whirl-wind affair!

With several quick trips – family graduation/vacation to the California Redwoods and a camping trip in the mountains. All so very nice, but has not spurred my writing and creative bug as much as I would like.

Well, I’m back.

I hope that I have been missed… even just a little;)

June was a busy month with me not having notched off too many big projects.

However, I’m hoping to get back on track!

Starting with just a little summer island vignette…

Pears, vintage platters, plants, and a wooden trough for candles.

Would you believe that these vintage (ironstone looking) platters were picked up from a yard sale while I was camping in the mountains? Yep! That is where I scored my new vintage treasures, and I have more to share.

A Simple Fresh Summer Look

To create this super simple fresh summer look, I added everyday useful items from the white platters, tea towel, wooden trough, candles, of course greenery, and seasonal fruit that I had on hand. The pears were one of the fresh fruits we have in the house at the moment. I love displaying the fruits and veggies we have in a pretty way, & this is a great & easy way to grab one & go. Pears have been a favorite snack as of late. We often cut up fresh pears, apples and have them with vanilla yogurt for breakfast.

Pears add that fresh, homey look to the space or an instant summer feeling. Think fresh fruit for easy summer stylin’.

Sometimes, less is more. Keeping my island vignette low profile for gatherings and conversations.

 I hope this post & this island vignette inspire you in some way.

I guess I needed a creative kick today & it sure helped me.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today to see what is happening here at Rustic and Refound...

where I love sharing my wild west stylin’ for my wild west livin.