I recently finished two Windsor chairs; a sack back and a Philadelphia high back chair.  I thought I’d give you some idea of how I finish a chair in the more traditional way.  So here are some pictures of chairs in progress.  I included a picture of the sack back after I applied a medium walnut wood dye.  That gives the wood an aged look which is nice in the areas where the milk paint might wear and reveal the bare wood.  You’ll see pictures of the sack back and the Philadelphia high back which have been finished with hand rubbed milk paint.  To further protect the milk paint finish on the chairs I also applied a wipe-on sealer.   The sackback chair features the lexington green milk paint color which gives it a classic look for Windsor chairs.  I also like the look of the black over red milk which is another classic finish applied to Windsor chairs.  I applied this antique looking finish on the Philadelphia high back.   It is quite attractive in giving you  highlights of the red milk paint showing through along various edges.  It might be hard to believe, but the beauty of these chairs with the hand rubbed milk paint really gets enhanced by people using them.   Once you look at these hand made chairs and sit in one, it is easy to want one of them in your home.   

Sackback ready for finishing

Sack back ready for finishing

 

Sackback Windsor chair treated with medium walnut wood dye

Sack back Windsor chair after applying a medium walnut wood dye

Sackback Windsor chair with lexington green finish

Sack back Windsor chair with lexington green milk paint finish

Philadelphia High Back Windsor with a black over red milk paint finish

Philadelphia High Back Windsor with a black over red milk paint finish

Philadelphia High Back Windsor with a black over red milk paint finish

Philadelphia High Back Windsor with a black over red milk paint finish


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