soft landscape dresser | part three

Marian ParsonsFurniture Makeovers, Hand Painted Furniture26 Comments

I loved reading all of the feedback and suggestions shared on my post yesterday.  Some of you overestimate my abilities, I think!

All of the different suggestions were an encouragement to me, though.  Each one of you had a different vision of how it could be finished and isn’t that just how art is?  And there are no wrong answers.  Just different interpretations.  (My brother suggested I add robots, which made me laugh.)

In the end, I did decide to add to what I shared yesterday.  While I liked the simplicity of the barn, it felt unfinished to me.  (Kriste said the barn had “doorways to the depths of the barn’s soul” and it needed some doors!)  So, I added barn doors, a mountain ridge, a fence, a couple of bushes, and a couple of sheep.


Here’s a video showing the process…

 And, if you didn’t notice, I selected the green knobs.  Again, there wasn’t a wrong answer, but these looked perfect to my design eye.


As I shared yesterday, I wasn’t sure I wanted this piece to chip, but once I started distressing the piece, I loved it.  I was oo-ing and ah-ing in the studio as I was working on it.  There’s something about it that just works.


Tomorrow, I’ll seal it with Tough Coat, get the hardware installed properly, and style it all pretty.

When I haven’t been doodling on this dresser dresser, I have been working on some other exciting projects.  There are a few things I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and all of the sudden, literally all in the same week, it’s all starting to happen.  It’s the kind of work that’s right in my sweet spot and I’m looking forward to when I can share all of the details with you.

soft landscape dresser | part three

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26 Comments on “soft landscape dresser | part three”

  1. Sigh…’s sooo beautiful. This is on my list of things to try. Now I just need to find me a dresser.

  2. I have two pieces I’ve been wanting to paint in a landscape style but I’m afraid I’ll mess it up. Thank you for reminding us that it’s just paint and for a peek at your process.

  3. Gorgeous! Isn’t it hard on your neck to squat down while you paint? Wouldn’t it help to elevate it so it would be easier?

    1. Ha! I know. I am so used to working on the floor with all of the furniture that I do, that I don’t even think about it. Yeah, I probably should put a small piece like this on a work surface.

  4. Lovely, but my back and neck hurt just watching you working. Wouldn’t you enjoy the process more if you had the dresser up on something and sat in a chair to paint?

  5. Oh, my gosh, those sheep are so darn cute! I think the barn doors and the mountain range are great, too. And the fence is perfect. But, I tell you, it is so amazing to watch you put those two little white blobs on there and with a flourish or two of black, there are two sheep! They look absolutely real! Could you just paint me a little canvas full of those sheep?!!

    My curiosity is piqued now about your new projects and I can’t wait to hear about them and see what you’re up to! You don’t know how much I look forward to your posts. I am in a spot in my life, albeit temporary, when reading MMS is often the best part of my day!

  6. Good job at pulling the barn out of a mud hole! I assume that was mean to show where it was casting a shadow . You might want to lighten the side of the barn getting sun or darken the side that isn’t to emphasize this. Remember that a building without a foundation that elevates it would flood if it were located in a low spot. So it wouldn’t be. You are a brave lady!

  7. I want to encourage you to pour a bucket of confidence over your head, no fear!, and go bigger. Of course you have to paint things the size that matches the piece, that’s a given. But try painting larger, all with MMS Character!! Just my thought.

  8. I really like all the landscape projects you have done. The knobs are necessary but they are, for me, a huge distraction to the design. I have zero artistic talent so this isn’t meant to be critical. Would wooden knobs that could be painted to be a part of the landscape be weird?

  9. Hi Marion, I faithfully follow your blog and drool over everything you do and say. I have long admired you for your bravery in putting your art on dressers and being convinced that you have no talent or training (which I don’t agree with). I believe you to be one of the most creative, self-assured, talented people out there. That being said, I have a new word for you, to describe your art on these dressers, which has been done for hundreds of years! Primitive Art! Wikipedia says this is very incorrect; that primitive art is describing “tribal art” which to me are the stick figures on the wall of a cave. Heavens no! But looking further at Wikipedia, it describes “naive art” as art that is created by untrained artists. Interesting! Then it goes on to say that primitive decorating is a style of decorating using primitive folk art style that is characteristic of an early or Americana time period. What? This is Marion’s style is it not?? But, if I were you, I like the phrase “primitive art” and it describes the style of your art and your dresser so well. Love it and love you and all that you do, Marion. Keep up the great work!

  10. Thanks for the encouragement, Judy! Yes, I would definitely describe my work as folk art or primitive art. 🙂

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