Pink Rocking Chair: FAIL

I love color.  Almost every color except pale pink.   So, how, you ask, do we happen to have a brand-new PALE PINK rocking chair sitting in our dining room?  Well, it’s a bit of a story.

We’ve been committed to not spending a lot of money on baby stuff that would only get short use.  We don’t have a lot of space.   We’re trying to keep it simple.  But I did want a really good rocking chair.  I love rocking chairs and I have fond memories of sitting beside my great grandmother in a rocker and being read to and singing “The Old Rugged Cross” with her.

But I digress.  I wanted a rocking chair both for the early days of snuggling and breastfeeding as well as for later days of reading books.  However I think most rocker/glider options out there are just plain ugly.  I wanted something clean-lined and modern but comfortable with padded arms.  I searched Craigslist repeatedly but came up empty handed.  (Oh, Craig, you and your list have never failed me before!)  I searched the internets to see if I could find a new rocker that fit my criteria and was a price I could stand to pay.

At last I found the Sleepytime Rocker and it was ON SALE!   It has clean lines that work with our other furniture both in the baby room and in our living room.  It is microsuede which is marvelous for repelling stains and dog slobber.  We talked over the pros and cons and finally decided to buy it.  Originally we talked about buying the nice brown “mocha”  but at the last minute I decided that since I was trying to keep all the baby stuff light and bright I wanted to order the “lamb” color.  On my computer monitor “lamb” looked like a soft off-white.  The wise and very-bearded one asked “are you sure you want white with a babay?”  Yes, I did.

So we ordered and the rocker arrived very quickly and in great shape.  The wise and bearded one ripped into the box then suddenly halted.  “Deb, um… did you order PINK?”

Oh dear, it appears that Nurseryworks is not familiar with “Mary had a little lamb, his fleece was WHITE as SNOW”.  Apparently “lamb” is pale pink in Nurseryworks-speak.  Perhaps they are more familiar with the less popular “Mary had a little lamb, its tasty flesh is PINK as this dang chair!”

Because we bought it significantly on sale and due to a lack of remorse for poor color name choosing by this company, we can not return it .    And so, we have a PALE PINK rocking chair sitting in our dining room.   We’re trying to figure out what to do with it:  a. resell it on Craigslist for a small loss, b.  live with it as a constant reminder to always get a fabric swatch from the company first or, c.  find a creative way to disguise the pink.

Any ideas out there?


11 responses to “Pink Rocking Chair: FAIL

  1. Ummm, wow! Ummm, yes! Great chair! Is it comfortable? Maybe you can paint the walls brown? In the next 48 hours? 🙂

  2. Ummm… Grin and bare it? 🙂

    I think a slip cover would probably look worse, but I’m no expert on asthetics, which means I probably shouldn’t be commenting at all.

  3. Seriously? They call it “lamb” which looks white on the website (an appropriate name-color match) and they send you pink? Take ’em to court. Or drape a nice blanket over it.

  4. i would check out a slipcover at target – if you don’t like it after you get home, they’ll always let you return it. i just got a stretchy slipcover that did wonders for our couch. of course, lots of people like pink for nurseries, so you might not even have to take a loss on craigslist.
    “lamb” is a ridiculous name for a color, anyway. aren’t most lambs kind of dirty looking from the spring mud?

  5. Practicality here…you may want to wait and see if you actually USE it before you spend money on a slipcover, although a slipcover might not do the clean lines of your rocker justice. (We bought a rocker, and then it just sat in the corner and I never used it, but that was mostly because other seats were more comfortable.) Who knows, maybe you’ll fall in love with the rockin’ lamby pink.

  6. Hmm. I’m looking at it and thinking that it looks rather nice with your wall color. No, a pink chair is not what I would have expected to see in your house but I think you could get used to it. It looks comfortable. Is it?

  7. Hey! I like it. Looks feminine!

  8. It really is a beautiful chair, except for the color! Goes perfectly with the rest of your furniture, and looks comfy. Maybe put a brown throw over part of it. Something more dominant than the pink. I agree with Joyce that a slipcover wouldn’t do the chair’s nice lines justice.(Maybe a lamb’s SKIN is pink?)

  9. I might buy it – send me an e-mail with the cost :). Having a baby girl and need a rocker for November.

  10. OMG!!! I did the same exact thing, now I have a pink rocker sitting in my house as well….I am so upset (who ever heard of a pink lamb anyway?) I am not sure if I am having a boy or girl. I live in the Ft. Lauderdale area if anyone is intersted in purchasing it.

  11. maybe its just me, but i looooove it!

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