This rocking chair was a gift to a friend, and on her wedding no less! It was in flawless condition when I got it, no pressure right?? Friends never get a good deal, they wait the absolute longest for their projects, I feel guilty everytime. If I need to bump my calendar, friends pieces get delayed first, and again, and again.
Dixie belle slick stick
Dixie belle paint in buttercream, lemonade, farmhouse green, mint julep, sea glass, Savannah mist, stormy seas
Dixie belle gator hide
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The finish on this chair was fairly glossy, so I started with a base of Dixie belle slick stick, a gripping primer. I know this stuff works, because if you dont clean your lid afterwards, that container WILL NOT budge. Even my husband mangles it a bit to get open. The usual bang on the garage floor doesn’t work, definitely a GRIPPING primer!
I did my first coat on video. The first coat is always just laying colors on, somewhat blended, but not perfectly, just a base coat.
In this case I looked at the base afterwards and decided to change it a bit. I wanted to tone the colors down, particularly the green, so it had a more serene feel, like a reading in the sunlight through the window or rocking a baby to sleep kinda chair
Removing the limeade, going heavier on the buttercream, and using the new farmhouse green was the answer. I also cleaned up the transitions
Starting from the top I used buttercream, fading into lemonade, then farmhouse green into mint julep, sea glass into Savannah mist and a touch or stormy seas on the feet
Finished off with a few coats of gator hide applied with an application sponge, adds durability, those spindles are a bear to paint and top coat, but look pretty darn good!