Somewhere Over Our Rainbow

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8 Hours

Hi! I was doing customs for a quite a while and wanted to take a break to do my own thing and this is how it turned out.. I was obviously DYING for color! I had watched a few tutorials by The Turquoise Iris so I was inspired by her to complete this piece in this way... so thank you Dionne.
the piece! It had some gashes in the veneer in some spots, scratches, etc so I knew I wanted to paint her. I know, everyone has their own opinion but painted pieces sell for me so that's what I did.

Sorry for the horrible pictures, It's even any wonder how I stop and remember to take them when knee deep into a project! I applied a base coat of Inglenook, by Fusion paint on the piece and waited for that to dry. I knew that I wanted to highlight this piece so I applied another coat of that to the centers of the drawers and sides. I then applied a coat of Sapphire by Wise Owl and a coat of Provence by Annie sloan along the perimeter of the drawers and sides.... and I blended with a dry brush.
I kept some of the inglenook available so I can use that to blend as well with the other colors.
here is a pic of the sides after blending... I let that dry and came back the next day.
Next, I took some of Wise Owl Paints Goldenrod on my palette knife and scraped down.... then I did same with the colors of the unicorn spit. I then sprayed with a water bottle and let it drip!
the legs... I didn't spray here I just applied the colors with a brush... and the palette knife.
one of the drawer fronts... when I first applied my palette knife I pressed way too hard and took some of the paint off but that was ok, I was digging it... but I learned I had to be quite easy on the hand and pressure with the knife.
she is coming together here...
ok, stepped back, not looking too shabby... I know Im missing a lot of steps but I basically did same thing as sides on the drawer fronts... swiped paint/unicorn spit from left to right or right to left... and dabbed some color here and there... for the drawer fronts, I did blend the colors on the edges with a dry brush.. the sprayed. I did each drawer separately and kept the drawers in bc of the style I needed to achieve. I distressed in some spots as well...
Next I found some gorgeous paper at TJ MAxx and applied that to the drawers sides using Wise Owl Matte Varnish. WOW. this stuff works amazing for that! I cut the paper slightly larger than the surface and Waited for the varnish to dry completely... then I ran over the edges with a sanding block to remove the overhang.
lined the drawers too! these I measured and then trimmed with a razor!
I painted the top same as drawer fronts except I didn't add the additional colors. For me, the piece was "busy" enough, the top needed to have some sort of solidity to it... so I blended, like the ocean! lol I sealed the top in the Wise owl matte varnish and the body in Wise Owl Wax.
Detail shot
Finished Product.. my "Somewhere Over Our Rainbow:
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  • Debra S
    Debra S
    on Oct 22, 2019

    Be still my beating heart!!! LOVE LOVE IT. Can you come to my house and help me re-do a lovely cabinet?????

  • Jenny Chambers Mucha
    Jenny Chambers Mucha
    on Oct 26, 2019

    Absolutely amazing!

  • Jai
    on Jul 5, 2020

    I am trying to replicate this style but cannot get my colors to blend like yours or get the paint to drip like you did. I even bought a bunch of Unicorn Spit but my cabinet didn’t turn out the way yours did. Can you give me some tips?

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  • Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson
    Cheryl Bowlin-Atkinson
    on Oct 14, 2020

    Dionne would be proud

  • Faye Edwards
    Faye Edwards
    on Oct 22, 2020

    Call me silly I love the real wood. Clean it up and oil it. In 5 yrs you will be stripping it and saying oh gee paint ruins the wood LOL

    • Kel49924601
      on Nov 8, 2020

      I always wondered why people always freak out when pieces are painted because i always thought later if u dont like it and sand it away your saying it ruins the wood? So if you refinish with stain it doesn't ruin the wood? If thats true than i understand why you wouldn't want to ruin a true antique. But this piece had cracks in veneer as she stated already it,s not solid wood. Even so not everyone wants everything in their home all brown wood stains. I like some pieces painted and so.e wood. I appreciate her creativity and frankly probably would not have glanced twice at this piece

      except after it was painted. I also noticed e that the pieces in my home that I havent painted bc i feel like I can't dont bring me as much joy as the pieces I have painted and always get compliments.

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