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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!