Tuesday, October 19, 2010

WIP Wednesday - Rocking Chair THIS Close To Done

 Here is the infamous rocking chair for Peyton with the first coat of stain on it. I actually am working on the second coat now so it's coming right along.
I am using the MinWax One Step Stain and Finish on it.
I decided on using Pecan in a satin finish. Gives it a nice sheen without being glaringly glossy.

Just found out this afternoon the birthday party is Sunday afternoon so cutting it close here, lol. Just like I said it would be.
I have been working on this in the garage which is unheated. The temps at night have been dropping down into the low to mid 30's. I've had to wait until early afternoon for the garage to warm up to actually stain this , otherwise it's still just a bit too chilly in the garage for the stain to dry properly.
Also, I've had to do each coat in stages, because it has so many little nooks and crannies and I need to be able to hang onto some part of it that's still dry so that I can turn it where I need it to be to coat each area.
It's been a lot trickier little project than I ever thought it would be, but I'm really, really pleased with the way it's turning out.
If I have enough time, I'm going to put a third coat on it, just to make darn sure it's good a solidly coated. Hopefully that way it will make it through another 50 plus years!
Thanks for your patience following my many posts on the rocking chair, history book of it, and the purple rabbit.
Oh yeah, been working on the lap quilt and cushions in between waiting for coats of stain to dry. Lap quilt is done, both seat cushions are done, and working on the back cushions for the rocking chairs now. Too tired to take pictures of those right now, maybe I can get those posted later in the week.
What are all the rest of you working on this week?


  1. So much love put into that beautiful piece. I've always wanted to try my hand and refinishing something, but like most things, I have good intentions and little comes to fruition.

    Good job on the whole project.

    Thanks for hooking up with WIP Wednesday!

  2. You have put a lot into this. :)It is looking beautiful and will be a wonderful keepsake.

  3. Lots of work but well worth it. It is surprising how many people will throw furniture away simply because they think it's too much work or not worth the effort. You've proven that with a little elbow grease you can do it. It looks beautiful.

  4. You can tell how much love has gone into the working of that little rocker, a bunch of it has. Hopefully it will be kept in good shape for years to come. Take care.