Rocking Chair Restoration #6: Let’s try that again (more paint)

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 01-25-2022 08:22 PM 772 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Finishing cream (first coat) Part 6 of Rocking Chair Restoration series Part 7: Just about done »

After putting on the first coat of finishing cream, both my sweetie and I thought the chair needed a little more color. There were a few spots where I’d basically rubbed off all the paint while applying the finishing cream.

So I hit the bare spots with a quick coat of shellac, then a coat of paint. I’ll let it dry overnight, and see what we think tomorrow.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 01-25-2022 08:46 PM

Dave – I gotta be honest I don’t know if it’s the color or the splotchy appearing finish but this just isn’t my cup of tea. I know your working your butt off on this and I applaud your efforts

-- 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 01-25-2022 10:15 PM

That’s okay, Dick. We won’t make you sit in it. ;-)

My sweetie likes it, and I’m happy with it as a first attempt (though I’m pretty sure I can do a better splotchy finish if I try again), so we’re going to call it a success for now. And if we decide to refinish it next year, so be it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-25-2022 10:30 PM

I kinda like the rusticness of the brush strokes. It’s not a look I’d seek out, because it’s an aesthetic that I never manage to get quite right to my satisfaction, but it’s pretty cool. It’s that milk-paint aesthetic dialed up a little bit.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 01-25-2022 11:29 PM

Thanks, Dan. As I said to Dick, I’m happy with it with the caveat that it’s a first attempt, but I think I can do better. And my sweetie likes it, so that’s a win.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 01-26-2022 12:57 AM

Refinishing can be a challenge, you strive to make it new but keep the organial look if a well piece of furniture. It is looking good Dave. And if your sweetie is happy, life is good.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#6 posted 01-26-2022 02:27 AM

Thanks, Eric.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 01-26-2022 12:22 PM

Wow, I hope the results are pleasing to the two of you this time, this project is starting to sound like the old adage: try, try again., which can quickly become a never ending process, it’s like the itch you can’t seem to scratch.

-- "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 01-26-2022 12:28 PM

Thanks, Tom! Well, the nice part is that I’m working on it between work on my swap project, which is going pretty well. And so far, even with throwing chips all over the shop from the lathe, I’ve managed to keep the finish clean. We’ll see how it goes this morning, but I may try a quick coat of shellac before putting on the finishing cream. Haven’t decided yet, and I have an early dentist appointment this morning, so I’ll have an hour to ponder it before I can get to the shop.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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