Rocking Chair Restoration #5: Finishing cream (first coat)

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-23-2022 09:04 PM 470 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Second coat of paint Part 5 of Rocking Chair Restoration series Part 6: Let’s try that again (more paint) »

Got the first coat of finishing cream in this morning. No photo of the complete chair because I’m a slacker, but here’s an in progress photo of the seat, showing the before and after with the finishing cream.

And a closer look

I’ve just been ragging on the finishing cream. They say you can use a brush too, but it’s thick enough, and there are enough nooks and crannies on this chair that a rag seems to work better, plus it lets me knock off any loose paint as I go.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-23-2022 09:10 PM

I like your progress plus saving a good chair but I’m having a hard time liking the finish

-- 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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#2 posted 01-23-2022 09:39 PM

Thanks, Dick. It’s not for everyone, and we’re still learning as we go, but my sweetie likes the streaky look, so that’s unlikely to change, at least this time around. But there will be at least one more coat of finishing cream, and hen perhaps a coat of paste wax before we’re done. Stay tuned.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-23-2022 10:02 PM

Coming right along in a mighty fine way Dave.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-23-2022 10:56 PM

The mostly black finished side looks pretty good, let’s a small amount of the purple show through for an antique appearance.
I looked up the milk paint finishing cream MSDS, very friendly, no harmful effects and soap & water cleanup. This makes finishing a lot nicer to do, a method I’ve gone to for these same reasons.

-- "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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#5 posted 01-24-2022 02:02 AM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Thanks, Tom! The only real difference between the two is a layer of clear finishing cream over the top, so it’s complicated guessing how it’s going to look. Oil will similarly darken the milk paint.

Yeah, it’s pretty safe stuff. Doesn’t last long mixed up, though. Even in the fridge, a week after you’ve mixed it up, it’s getting kinda funky. Just need to mix small batches, I guess.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 01-24-2022 05:11 AM

That really deepened the color. Now I’m not sure which shade I like. I’ll wait till it’s finished to decide.
The cream sure give it a more natural finish.

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

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#7 posted 01-24-2022 12:37 PM

Thanks, Dave!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 01-25-2022 01:55 AM

Looks like that finishing cream is giving it a deeper color. Looking good Dave.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 01-25-2022 02:06 AM

Thanks, Eric. Decided today I need more paint. In a few spots the previous coats of paint rubbed off when I applied the finishing cream. Probably due to a not-great job priming with shellac.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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