The theme for the space at Lucketts this year is Farmhouse White, yes, but that doesn’t mean that everything will be white. A lot of things will be white, as you may have noticed, but we don’t want to neglect the “farmhouse” side of that theme. After some creative brainstorm sessions, we decided one way to bring that in was the use of landscapes.
And, of course, I immediately imagined a landscape on the front of a dresser.
Here is how the dresser started…
And how it looks now with it’s sweet, folk-art landscape painting…
Now, I can’t take full credit for this one. It really was a collaborative effort between Kriste and I. We had a highly technical conversation about “blobby little trees” and “blobby sheep” and “brush stroke-ish grass”. I painted the base colors, did the distressing and finishing, and chimed in now and then with some thoughts for the composition. Kriste painted the real heart of the landscape, though, and I just love how it all turned out.
Oh, and all of the painting was done in milk paint, which was a bit of an experiment, since Kriste was used to working with watercolors and I was used to acrylics from my mural-painting days. So, we played and fiddled and watched what happened.
The way the paint chipped and flaked is just perfection.
Kriste made the clouds by dabbing the dry milk paint powder over wet paint. The texture of this piece is really special.
The landscape wraps loosely around the sides of the dresser to finish off the look.
This was a fun one to style and photograph. I was pretty giddy the entire time.
I picked up this little child’s chair a couple of weeks ago and the warmth of the wood and details of the turned legs and spindles captured my affection.
It’s all going to the Lucketts booth, though. Affection or not. I find myself in a selling mood and if I kept everything I had affection for, I would need eight storage units.
Anyway, here’s the side-by-side recap of the makeover…
It’s sometimes fun to step “out of the box” so to speak and I feel like we did with this dresser.
More to come…