Mission Style Painted “Test” Rocker

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As a result of testing paints and techniques for restoration paint on the Mason Monterey furniture, I got carried away and had fun with a rocker of ours.   The images below are of our Arts & Crafts rocker that we saved from extinction.  Mitchell repaired several splits in back splats and the bottom rail before I painted.

Sanded and prepped and ready for paint!

Edges painted by brush before I begin using the palette knife.

Palette knifed with the paint called “Old Wood.”

Detail of the paint.

We liked it, but it was too tame.  I wanted a red rocker, and the last time a rocker was painted Mitchell won the color picking contest and it became a yellow “Caboose” rocker — Looong story there!  This rocker is going to be red!

Wow!  Bright bright wow-wee red!!!
(Mitchell now called it Diablo Rocker.)


Bright is good, and I enjoyed picking up touches of yellow and orange to give it a broader color, but I wanted depth too.  I added a glaze.

Detail of the glaze, which allows the brilliant red to shine forth,
adding subtleties to the overall finish.

She was waxed, and Mitchell had some fun with her upholstery.  He created an ethnic slip from sari-dyed silk yarn burlap.  We now use her in the office when guest arrive for meetings around our low table.

The test rocker has served its purpose.
Poor thing had a microwaved bowl of water placed on its arm to see how
well the finish would take heat, and survived.  Now coffee mugs can sit on her arms.

Yes, she is a she.  And she attended the NPS/MPFC open House, below!

About MPFConservation

We are a conservation and restoration firm located in the Pacific Northwest, specializing in objects: furniture, but also other objects; wood, stone or metal furniture or objects; lacquered and painted furniture or objects; traditional finishes on furniture or objects; quilts, beaded objects, and some textile reparation and interior architectural elements, such as leather or upholstered walls. When you think about conservation, equate it to restoring the furniture or object the best way possible for the history, life and value of the object. We are fully qualified to perform museum-tectbook treatments, but also flexible enough to work with private clients to allow for daily use of objects. We work West of the Rockies from Canada to Mexico, and once in a while venture beyond the West for specific treatments. Kate and Mitchell Powell are partners in work and in life; we each have our specialties in work and in our marriage. Mitchell is the cat charmer in both! To see our work visit our official website: http://www.mpfconservation.com
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