Garden Dresser

Materials

  • DecoArt Americana Acrylics: Arbor Green, Avocado, Bittersweet Chocolate, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Celery Green, Cherry Red, Deep Midnight Blue, Dioxazine Purple, French Vanilla, Graphite, Grey Sky, Honey Brown, Lamp (Ebony) Black, Milk Chocolate, Napa Red, Payne's Grey Plantation Pine, Raw Sienna, Saffron Yellow, Sand, Sapphire, Snow (Titanium) White, Terra Cotta, Uniform Blue, Yellow Ochre
  • Royal & Langnickel: Aqualon: Glaze Wash, Series R2700, 1”; Angular, Series R2160, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”; Round, Series 2250, #1, #3, #5; Liner, Series R2595, #10/0; Shader, Series R2150, #4, #8, #12; Signature Series: Deerfoot Stippler, Series 393, 1/4”
  • Old four-drawer dresser (approx. 35” tall x 30” wide x 17” deep)

Tools

  • DecoArt: Brush ‘n Blend Extender Medium; Americana Glazing Medium; DuraClear Varnish, Matte
  • White exterior paint
  • Small paint roller and tray
  • Checkerboard stencil, 1/2”
  • Black micron pen, .02
  • Potting soil
  • Plants of choice
  • Dish pan or other receptacle to fit top of dresser (12”x14”)
  • Bricks or other heavy item to weight drawers
  • Wooden knobs, 1-1/2” (available through your local home improvement store)
  • Pine board, 1/2”-wide, 6” wide x 4’ long
  • Wood shims or paint stir sticks
  • Power tools: electric sander; jigsaw, drill and drill bits
  • Hammer
  • 2” finishing nails
  • Wood glue
  • Optional: Wood molding, 1-1/2”-wide; window box liners to fit in drawers

Directions

Preparation

  • 1. Remove hardware and drawers. Use sander to give surface tooth. Wipe dust.
  • 2. Drill small drain hole in bottom of dish pan. Center dish pan on top of dresser; use pencil to trace around bottom of pan (Fig. 1). For jigsaw starter hole, drill 1/2” hole on inside edge of outline; cut along outline. Err on small side then test to make sure dish pan fits in hole so lip of pan rests on dresser top and doesn't fall in. (Note: Top drawer will not be useable as dish pan will prevent it from opening.) (Optional: Add molding around opening for finished look.)
  • 3. Remove dish pan. Use exterior paint and roller to base outside of dresser and drawers. Let dry. Replace drawers and dish pan. Use Lamp Black to base knobs; use large end of stylus to add Snow White dots. Replace knobs.
  • 4. Add false drawer backs to reduce amount of soil needed (Fig. 2): pull second drawer out about 4” (more if drawers are deeper than 17”); mark drawer on both sides where front of dresser meets drawer. Repeat procedure for third and fourth drawers. (Note: Depending on drawer depth, fourth drawer may not be useable for plants; instead, use to store tools and small gardening supplies.) Remove drawers. Measure inside length and height of each drawer; cut pine board to measurements for each drawer. Insert pieces in drawers where marked; secure with nails from outside of drawers. (Note: Weight drawers behind new backings to prevent dresser from tipping forward when soil is added; use heavy rocks or bricks. If drawers tip forward, wedge wood shims or paint stir sticks under drawers to stabilize.) (Optional: Omit false back and use window box liners.)
  • 5. Use pencil to mark painted soil lines on each side of dresser. Use stippler and generous amount of Burnt Umber to stipple soil; while wet, use dirty brush to stipple Bittersweet Chocolate shading. Wipe brush with paper towel; stipple Milk Chocolate highlights.
  • 6. Print out pattern; transfer basic pattern lines. (Transfer details as needed.)

Painting Instructions

  • 1. Refer to worksheets.

Hat

  • 1. Base crown and brim French Vanilla. Apply thin coat extender medium over crown. Use #8 shader and Raw Sienna to shade outer edges of crown; repeat to deepen. Apply extender to crown again. Blend Yellow Ochre (medium value) in center third. Highlight center of crown Sand. Wipe paint from brush and use dirty brush to blend where colors meet. Dry brush Snow White highlight in center. Shade brim Raw Sienna; use Sand to add back-to-back highlights. Dry brush additional Snow White highlights. Use liner and thinned Raw Sienna to paint weave details.
  • 2. Base ribbon Sapphire. Use large end of stylus to add Snow White dots. Use Deep Midnight Blue to shade and use mix of Sapphire + Snow White (1:1) to dry brush highlights. Base nail Grey Sky; shade Graphite and highlight with touch of Snow White.

Birdhouse

  • 1. Undercoat walls Grey Sky. Base Napa Red; shade with mix of Napa Red + touch of Lamp Black. Use liner and thinned Graphite to add wood grain lines; add thinned Grey Sky wood grain lines here and there. Base roof Graphite; shade Lamp Black and dry brush Grey Sky highlights. Base hole Lamp Black; add Grey Sky crescent shape on left side. Basecoat base and pole Sand. For wood grain effect, use chisel edge of 1/2” angular to overstroke Milk Chocolate for choppy, semi-transparent appearance. Use 1/4” angular to shade Milk Chocolate.
  • 2. Use Graphite to paint weathervane; use dirty brush and touch of Snow White to highlight. Base bird Sapphire; shade Uniform Blue and use mix of Sapphire + touch of Snow White to dry brush highlight. Use Cadmium Yellow + touch of Sand to paint beak. Dot eye Uniform Blue; add tiny Sand highlight dot.
  • 3. Use liner and thinned Plantation Pine to paint vines. Double-load 1/4” angular with Celery Green on top and Avocado on heel; one-stroke leaves. Use liner and brush mix of thinned Plantation Pine and Avocado to pull grass blades at base of pole; highlight with thinned Celery Green.

Boots

  • 1. Base Cadmium Yellow; use glaze wash to shade Saffron Yellow. Deepen shading with sheer Raw Sienna. Use mix of Cadmium Yellow + Snow White (1:1) to dry brush highlights. Base soles and trim Lamp Black; dry brush Grey Sky highlights.

Herb Swag

  • 1. Use liner and thinned brush mix of Burnt Umber and Milk Chocolate to paint twigs; highlight Sand. For each herb bundle, use Plantation Pine to paint first layer of greens. Use Avocado to paint middle value and Celery Green to paint highlights. For left bundle, use stylus to dot small Cadmium Yellow berry clusters. Use #1 round and brush mix of Avocado and Celery Green to stroke small leaves. For center bundle, use liner and Dioxazine Purple to stroke tiny petals; use dirty brush and Snow White to over-stroke highlights. For right bundle, double-load cotton swab with Napa Red and Snow White to dot berry clusters.
  • 2. Use liner and Milk Chocolate to base twine hanger; triple-load liner with Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, and Sand to paint comma strokes over top. Use liner and thinned Sapphire to paint bows; while wet, over-stroke with touch of Snow White. Refer to “Hat” to paint nail.

Garden Trowel

  • 1. Base shovel Grey Sky; shade Graphite and use mix of Grey Sky + Snow White (1:1) to dry brush highlight down center, then dry brush strong Snow White highlight in center. Use chisel edge of 3/8” angular and Bittersweet Chocolate to paint entire handle using choppy strokes to simulate wood grain lines. Overcoat handle Napa Red leaving brown wood splotches here and there; use mix of Napa Red + tch. of Lamp Black to shade, and use mix of Cherry Red + tch. of Grey Sky to dry brush highlight down center. Refer to "Hat" to paint nail.

Clay Pots, Plant Markers,

  • 1. Pots: Base Honey Brown. Apply thin coat extender medium on one pot at a time. Use #8 shader to block Honey Brown in center of pot and rim, Terra Cotta on either side of center, and Burnt Umber on outer edges. Wipe paint from brush and use dirty brush to blend where colors meet. Shade additional Burnt Umber. Use Honey Brown + tch. of Sand to dry brush highlight down center. Use #1 round and brush mix of Honey Brown and Terra Cotta to sharpen rim edges. Use liner and thinned Burnt Umber to paint cracks. Use deerfoot stippler to dry brush scant Snow White lime deposits here and there. Use damp deerfoot stippler and small amount of Plantation Pine and Avocado to stipple moss here and there.
  • 2. Plant Markers: Base signs Sand; shade Milk Chocolate along edges. Use micron pen to add lettering. Base stakes Grey Sky; shade Graphite and highlight with touch of Snow White.
  • 3. Spade Handle: Base Sand. Overcoat green areas Arbor Green; use mix of Arbor Green + tch. of Graphite to shade, and use mix of Arbor Green + Snow White (1:1) to dry brush highlights. Add Napa Red stripes. Base spade Grey Sky; shade Graphite and use mix touch of Grey Sky + tch. of Snow White to dry brush highlight.

Watering Can

  • 1. Use shaders and glaze wash brush to float shading with mix of Payne’s Grey + Sapphire (3:1); deepen with second float. Use round brushes to paint trim Sapphire; dry brush Snow White highlights. Paint spatterware spots Sapphire. Use shaders and glaze wash to dry brush soft Snow White highlights on can and spout shaft. Repeat with small reflected highlight. Add Milk Chocolate rust spots; while wet, shade Bittersweet Chocolate. Base spout Cadmium Yellow; shade sheer Milk Chocolate. Use liner to dot holes.

Finishing

  • 1. Use mix of glazing medium + Graphite (2:1) to paint cast shadows. Use #5 round and Lamp Black to paint lettering. Use deerfoot stippler to stencil Lamp Black checks. Apply several varnish coats.
  • 2. Fill with potting soil and with desired plants or herbs.
by Darlene Scott

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/987/12861f35-05dd-4f03-bf91-351d09d58952.pdf



Painting Pot Stages
Painting Pot Stages Painting Hat Stages
Painting Hat Stages Before Being Painted
Before Being Painted Side of Dresser
Side of Dresser Other Side of Dresser
Other Side of Dresser Garden Dresser
Garden Dresser Fig. 1
Fig. 1 Fig. 2
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