Before & after: Recovering a glider feeding chair

When I was in the later stages of pregnancy with my son, my husband and I began cataloging our baby stash and working out if we had everything required to accommodate our impending arrival. The topic of a chair came up and was quickly dispensed as a luxury item we wouldn’t need. Bzzzzzz. Wrong! Fresh out of hospital it became immediately obvious that our well worn el-cheapo modular couch wasn’t enough to support my back and arms during those long months of early breastfeeding. We needed a chair. Pronto.

Hubby started watching ebay and gumtree and behold, he found a glider up for grabs, used, for $100. It wasn’t pretty but I had my hands full and didn’t care. I lived in that chair for the next 10 or so months, we loved it for it’s functionality. I missed the rocking foot stool – that was tripped over and broken about 4 months in and neither of us had the time, energy or inclination to fix it.

We moved house when my son was 14 months old and the chair never made it out of the garage. I deemed it too ugly to be worthy of our new rental, and so it had been gathering dust for over a year. 4 months ago our son required a new routine including a little reading time in his room before lights out. We remembered the chair, dragged it out and plonked it unceremoniously in our sons room.

I swore I’d cover it before the year was out. And you know what. I actually did!

Having not sewn since high school (nearly 20 years!), I wasn’t very confident but after googling ‘how to reupholster a glider chair’, I plodded along, fluttered my eyelashes at a Bunnings guy to help fix the foot stool (for nix) and took a trip to spotlight to find some material suitable for the job.

Here’s the end result. Don’t look too closely, the stitches are composed on my Oma’s machine circa 1978. Loose. It’s a simple pillowcase style cover. The original cushions had all but disintegrated so I got new foam cut at Clarke Rubber.

Before and after: Recovering a glider feeding chair
FYI: This chair is a Babyco Swallow Glider Chair with a timber base. It came with arm rests but I omitted them in my refresh.

Glider feeding chair before – ugly print, worn, beige, tired (pic lifted from ebay as I forgot to take my own before shots)

Glider feeding chair after – a little more life, and worthy of a spot inside

Glider feeding chair after – a little more life, and worthy of a spot inside

Glider feeding chair after – I decided it could live in our lounge room for a while

Total cost of the revamp was about $70. I borrowed a staple gun (fun!!). I bought upholstery fabric for this but probably didn’t need it that thick for this project. I love that now I know HOW to do it, I won’t hesitate if I want a new look. The pillowcase cover also means they are washable.

My inspirations for this project are collated on this Pinterest board.

I now have my eyes on the ugly dining chair cushions. Have you ever attempted to recover or reupholster anything? Was it a success? Feel free to post links in the comments.

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Comments

  1. This is super cute! We’re getting ready to take the glider out of my son’s room (as it’s tippy and he’ll be out of his crib soon – big toddler boy!), and I can’t quite bear to get rid of it yet. It’s crazy comfortable, and would work as a little reading chair in other parts of our house if it didn’t scream “nursery glider!!”. I think refreshing the fabric like you did here might be the trick – thanks for the idea!

  2. How did you go with it Megan?

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