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Rocking Chair Restoration #4: Second coat of paint

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-20-2022 06:15 PM 569 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Wrapping up the undercarriage? Part 4 of Rocking Chair Restoration series Part 5: Finishing cream (first coat) »

I put on the second coat of milk paint this morning, and hen shot the following three photos as it dried. The only change was the passage of time.

My sweetie and I both think that this might be enough paint. I still need to do some things like the tops of the runners and a few of the sticks, but we both like this look, knowing that it’ll look different once the finishing cream goes on.

-- Dave - Santa Fe



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JohnMcClure

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#1 posted 01-20-2022 06:42 PM

Looks pretty cool! I’m curious to learn more about milk paint and finishing cream. Will be watching for the finsihed product!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-20-2022 07:01 PM

Thanks, John. Milk paint is a powder, you mix it with water, skim off the foam, then paint with it. And stir it about every ten minutes because it’ll settle out. And refrigerate it if you mixed up too much be a use it’ll go sour. But it’s kinda neat to work with, and it relatively safe. The finishing cream is water-based, too. Low (or no) VOC.

I use the Real Milk Paint brand, mostly because they also sell a tung oil I like.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 01-20-2022 08:09 PM

I’ve never worked with milk paint before, probably won’t either but this is really interesting

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 01-20-2022 08:13 PM

That is beautiful!

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#5 posted 01-20-2022 08:14 PM

Thanks, Dick!

Thanks, Bill!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 01-20-2022 08:18 PM

You are motivating me to put my Grandma’s Boston Rocker back together. My cousins busted a couple of spindles years ago and I eventually got the chair when the barn got cleared out. I have the replacements (for a long time and several moves) I just need to get cracking and assemble and finish it.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#7 posted 01-20-2022 09:04 PM

Wow, what a change in appearance from wet to dry. I’ve tried milk paint prior, but don’t remember it changing color that much, black to purple. But, then again, I don’t remember what I used it on so maybe that is what I experienced as well.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 01-20-2022 09:51 PM

That’s a really cool color. I picture in my mind some painted accents – little flowers or pinstripes… not that you asked for any input :)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dave Polaschek

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#9 posted 01-20-2022 10:18 PM

Bill, I definitely think you should go for it. Assembly is probably easier if you’re an octopus, but hot hide glue had a long enough open time that I could get everything together, and then it set almost immediately thereafter, so I didn’t need clamps.

Tom, I was painting over the existing black paint (with a coat of shellac to act as a primer) on the chair. It would look very different going over bare wood. Here’s what four or five coats look like over bare pine (with the tang of a bedan on it):

Thanks, Steve! I don’t think either me or my sweetie would do a good job on little painted accents. I could maybe make a stencil if we decide we’re going to paint it again, though.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 01-21-2022 12:19 AM

Looking pretty good Dave, you are giving it an antique look.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 02:49 AM

Well, it is an antique Eric, so I guess that’s only appropriate. Thanks!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#12 posted 01-21-2022 02:58 AM

Yes that is true, you nailed it with the milk paint.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 01-21-2022 03:04 AM

Thanks again! I’m also trying to avoid doing anything that would permanently damage or change the chair. Used hot hide glue to glue it together, and the light sanding we did to give the shellac beneath the milk paint something to grab onto didn’t remove any details.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 01-21-2022 01:42 PM

The antique look is starting to show Dave. Stencil a couple antique tools on the antique chair.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dave Polaschek

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#15 posted 01-21-2022 01:45 PM

Thanks, Dave. Maybe next time we refinish it. For this time around, I’m starting to get a little antsy about getting it done and out of the way so I have room for my swap project.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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