I recently had a rocking chair(from the early 70's)stripped. It was a very dark pine with gold trim chair. After sanding and sanding I have come to the stubborn realization that I am not going to be able to get it an even color. So I guess the last resort is to paint. I have not a clue where to start.....what kind of paint?, how to apply?...do I need to precoat with anything?,....do I need a followup cover of something to make the paint durable?....Help,,,I am in over my head!!!!!!!