My Friend Beth had alerted me to a couple night stands that were for sale made at our local Habitat for Humanity store. They were super cute in the picture so I decided to go look at them. When I got there they were in rougher shape than I had anticipated. Bummer. But, I feel like we are lead somewhere for a reason. I spotted this amazing 12 drawer mid-century modern chest. I studied it for a while, and decided to leave it there. For the next day I could not get it off my mind! I went back and purchased it and it was half off day! Whoop! Whoop!
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- Orbit Sander
- White Lightening Cleaner
- Slick Stick Primer
- Sponge roller
- Pine Cone
- Mud Puddle
- Yankee blue
- Haint blue
- In the Navy
- Clear Satin
- Gator Hide
To start I have to tell you I have the most amazing sister-in-law! She came over and prepped this piece with me. Since this is a mid-century modern piece she started by sanding the whole thing with an obit sander. Just to rub the shine off. Then we gave it 2 coats of slick stick with a sponge roller. I like to use the sponge roller on flat pieces like this because it is easier to get a smooth finish. We used slick stick because it is made to help adhere paint to slick surfaces such as counter tops, glass, and glossy surfaces. Mid Century Modern pieces tend to have a slick glossy finish.
Now it was time for the beach scene! My client had sent me this photo. She wanted the layout of the colors without the grass.
I started with the color Pine Cone from Dixie Belle for the sand. I blended Fluff into the mix next and used dry brushed the fluff back into the Pine Cone for a layered look. Next I blended Peacock and Yankee Blue together for the water. I added Kudzu above that and then went back with the Fluff. At the Very top I started to fade in some In The Navy. The key to getting a blended layered look like this is to use your brighter colors for your first coat and your lighter colors for the second coat.
After the first coat of colors were laid on, I used the color Mud Puddle and Sandbar on the sand to get an even more layered effect. Using different, but similar shades helps create a layered look. For the water I painted Haint Blue over the top. I also did a lot of dry brushing with Fluff (white) to create a cohesive look throughout the whole front. I did use a little bit of water with my spray mister, but for the most part I kept my brushes dry.
A couple tips for blending are have several brushes handy. I use anywhere from 2-8 brushes when I do look like this. I keep a jar of water next to me and drop my brush in there when I’m done to keep the paint from drying on.
When I liked the way it looked I took all the drawers out and blended them to fade into the look. This is the part where I used a lot of Fluff to get it to come together. I filled in any areas that I missed when I was painting the art on the front, and then dry brushed white over it. It looked like this.
My favorite tip for painting an artistic piece is to keep the art on the front and the sides simple. I used a solid coat of In the Navy for the top and then ombred the sides with In the Navy and Fluff.
I’m very happy with how it tuned out and my client is too! To protect it I gave it 2 coats of clear satin all over and then an extra 2 coats of Gator Hide on the top! Gator Hide is water-repellent and heat-resistant so it is perfect for the top! Here she is ready for her beach home on Lake Michigan!