The Rocking Chair Project
It wasn’t really my idea.
It was my mom’s idea.
Well, it was her chair, actually.
It had been sitting in her backyard for years, probably serving as a perch for some of her plants.
But she was moving it on, and asked if I wanted it before she placed it on freecycle.
Of course I did! I pictured sanding it down and letting my husband varnish it and do the finishing touches.
Then I had a second thought.
What about turning it into a summer project with my daughter?
I knew she’d be more than happy to help.
And she was.
She claimed the seating area as hers to work on.
I showed her how to sand it down as we spent a couple sessions sanding.
Then I showed her that steel wool is similar to sandpaper, in that you still have to follow the grain of the wood as you smooth it down.
The wood burning was my mom’s idea too, and, as Jessica couldn’t help with that part, she had a blast taking pictures of me as I worked on it.
Her favorite part was “painting” the chair with shellac.
After it dried, we smoothed it down one last time with steel wool and brushed it with a second coat.
We presented it to my husband upon his return and she cheerfully informed her dad that she had done part of it “all by herself.”
I knew that letting her help with it had been the right decision.
I asked her, a few days later, if she learned anything interesting from the project. “Make sure you know which way the wind is blowing before you start to sand.”
Hey, you never know when information like that might come in handy.
Posted on July 18, 2012, in Activities and tagged education, parenting, projects with children, refurnishing, sanding furniture, summer projects, wood burning projects. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.