the landscape wardrobe

Marian ParsonsBefore and Afters, Furniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture, Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint

There are some pieces that are screaming to have a landscape painted on them.

This was one such piece.

And how can I ignore the pleas from an old piece of furniture?  One that’s been around the block, but has a lot of life left?

I can’t.  And I didn’t.

I have been terrible about taking proper before pictures with the most recent pieces I’ve acquired, so here is the best before shot I have of this wardrobe…

I found it on craigslist at a nice price, but like most of my finds, this one had some, shall we say, problems.  There were some odd modifications and it had clearly been exposed to some moisture.  So, we unmodified the odd modifications, cleaned it up, repaired the damaged parts, and added some shelving to make it a more functional piece.  We (and by “we”, I mean my dad) also installed a bead board back to cover up the cedar veneer that was peeling off in sheets.

Jenn from Eight Hundred Furniture, came to the studio for a few days to lend a hand and I tasked her with sanding and painting this piece.

After a light sanding to scuff up the glossy surface, she painted the outside in two coats of Shutter Gray and the inside in Mora, both MMS Milk Paint.

And then I let it sit until I could hear it screaming that it needed a landscape painted on the doors.  I tend to crank my music and am somewhat oblivious to things going on around me when I’m focused, so that must be why I didn’t hear it for a few weeks.

I was inspired by a landscape painting by Lovis Corinth and decided to work with a large brush and try to keep it loose.  I used the Corinth painting as inspiration for the general composition.  Obviously, I’m not even in the same talent universe as him as an artist, but I could see my milk paint colors in there and I felt like it was worth a shot!

I painted most of the scene with a 1 1/2″ flat brush…

I used a palette of Linen, Lucketts Green, Mustard Seed Yellow, Boxwood, Flow Blue, Kitchen Scale, Eulalie’s Sky, French Enamel and Trophy, all from the MMS Milk Paint line.

I added some matte acrylic paint medium when I needed more workability and body.

Once the landscape painting was dry, I distressed the piece with 120 grit sand paper to wear down the edges and knock off any chipping areas.  I then finished the piece with Hemp Oil.

And here is the finished piece…

I thoroughly enjoyed playing with such a dramatic sky!  I can find plenty of things to pick at, but I’m happy with it overall.

The chipping and crazing in the “fields” is really lovely.  I think it happened that way, because of the multiple layers of milk paint I applied, one right after the other.  The texture along the bottom panel is from cracked veneer.

I think the piece is whimsical and pretty…

…with loads of storage!  (For all of your pillows and hemp sheets and bird cages.  It’s just what I had on hand!)

This piece will be for sale at the Lucketts Spring Market in May.

PS – Did you notice my new box easel?

the landscape wardrobe

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