Antique Pressed Back Rocking Chair

There was no question that this rocking chair was a "project piece", but the previous owner did most of the work already, so I couldn't pass it by. It's an antique pressed back rocking chair, which were commonly manufactured between the 1870's and 1920's.
The finish on this chair was poor. And the pressed back design is almost completely worn away. There's a split in the wood on the back of the chair, but it doesn't impact the structure of the chair, and it's a nice sturdy piece.
The pressed back design is almost completely worn away. There's a split in the wood on the back of the chair, but it doesn't impact the structure of the chair, and it's a nice sturdy piece.
I painted the chair in two coats of Cream (Annie Sloan Chalk Paint). Since the pressed details on the chair are almost completely worn away the paint further disguised it. So I applied a heavier distressed and worn finish so the design would still peek through.
I applied the same distressing and wear throughout the rest of the chair for a consistent look.
The new paint should protect the wood for many years to come.

Patricia
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