'Circe' Depression-Era Dresser
I feel in love with the lines. Such a beautiful piece, in itself. And I know there are many people out there who would say " Don't you dare paint that!".
And I almost didn't.
But I had a vision for what it could look like.
The piece came together, pretty much by itself. Although the veneer was good, I always think of Depression-Era pieces as having inferior grade veneer. So I painted it.
I know. Don't hate me.
Pure & Original Classico in Majestic Cloth was the base color. I wanted to deep moody canvas. Then Pure & Original Black/Polar Blue. General Finishes Black glaze, and wax.
The image transfer is a painting by JW Waterhouse.
I used Artisan Enhancements transfer gel, largely because it gives me a clear image transfer.
Although I used very deep tones on the majority of the pieces, I wanted to use a few lighter tones to balance the image.
I wanted to keep the original hardware intact - just the natural patina.
Wax to give a deep sheen to the piece, to accentuate the curved front.
Agreed, some people will say that I should never have painted the piece.
I get it.
But when I compare the Before and After, side to side, I know I make the right decision.
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- Pure & Original Classico in Majestic Cloth, Black, and Polar Blue (bit.ly/paintfactory)
- General Finishes Black Glaze, Clear Glaze
- Artisan Enhancements Tranfer Gel
Published May 25th, 2017 10:58 PM
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LibraryKAT on Jul 09, 2017I like natural wood, but you have real vision. I agree that your after is great....nice job!
The Paint Factory LLC on Jul 09, 2017Thank you!
Janelle Hicks on Nov 11, 2018
I refurbish, restore, and make furniture. I am in LOVE with your vision and technique. I want to try this technique out ASAP and I have two depression era veneer dressers that I feel would get a new life with this idea. Total kudos to you and for also sharing your technique and wisdom with other artists like myself. We’re a community and we should support the process and one another in the creation of beautiful works of art! We all have our own interpretations of an idea. You’re a true gem to this community ❤️🛋🖼❤️
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