Let me start by saying that I rarely accept custom work, but this one just felt right. Angie, the client, said I could just do what I do and her only request was that I “add critters”. She also wasn’t in a rush, so I was able to work on it when I had time and as inspiration struck.
Kriste lightly sanded the piece and painted it in two coats of MMS Milk Paint Farmhouse White to give a blank white “canvas” for the landscape.
I decided to paint this one almost entirely with milk paint. I have been mixing acrylics into the other dressers I’ve done, but I wanted to keep these colors very soft. I also wanted to do the landscape primarily in blues and green/blues.
I used Eulalie’s Sky, Shutter Gray, and Farmhouse White for the clouds, Flow Blue, Trophy and Shutter Gray for the mountains, Boxwood, Lucketts Green, Kitchen Scale, Layla’s Mint, and Flow Blue for the hills. The farmhouse, barn, and sheep are Farmhouse White, Shutter Gray, and Trophy. I really enjoyed working in the limited palette.
I added a little flock of sheep on the distant hill for the requested “critters”.
I worked on it over a couple of days, giving each layer time to dry. Milk paint, much like watercolor, is best built up in layers, so the colors don’t get muddy. It also gave me time to think about the composition and details as I worked.
Once I was finished, I distressed the edges and applied Hemp Oil to the entire piece to bring out the depth of the paint colors and the patina of the wood top and pulls.
The patina and wear on the wood is gorgeous, so I’m glad I was able to showcase some of it.
I kept the painting loose and “folk-arty”, which suited the style and age of the dresser as well as the color palette.
It was really hard to capture the clouds in a picture, because they are very soft…
…but I love how the nuances of the sky turned out. It’s very subtle, but it’s there.
My favorite part is lone tree and the farmhouse.
…and the little blobby sheep…
Most importantly, Angie loved it. Well, or she’s being very polite, but she said she loved it, so I’m going to take that at face value!
I had a fun day out shopping with my mom. Within ten minutes of being in the antique shop, I already filled up most of the van with a gorgeous step-back cupboard. I just can’t help myself when it comes to a beautiful piece of furniture…