This box was handmade by a man in the 1920’s as a gift for his new step daughter. He wanted it to be for her doll clothes. In the summer of 2017 I was asked to restore and brighten the box before it was presented as a holiday gift to the grandniece of the original maker. Although I was given free reign I did not want to ruin the integrity of the piece. I could see Pine trees and Native American influences in his precise geometric patterns. As you can see in the two “before” pictures, the gold colored edging was blackened or totally gone, and many areas of paint were also worn away. I matched and freshened the colors and put fresh gold paint on all the edges. The inside cover was lined with glued-on bright pink foil paper (not shown), and so too was the removable tray . Most of the foil paper was in bad shape and I removed it, but I chose to keep it inside the tray in tribute to the box’s history. A serious crack in the structure of the lid needed strong glue. I learned the box had been created in Oregon and I searched for images that would evoke its origins. I found multiple photos of a landscape attributed to the Pacific Northwest and used them to create a scene which pulls in the colors from the outside of the box. Sunflowers and Lupines are native to the area as is the California Dog Face butterfly.
This little footstool was commissioned as a companion piece to the Garden Fence Chest of Drawers. The Sunflowers and Hollyhocks are painted in the trompe l’oeil style of realism. They just pop off the surface! The legs of the stool are the same blue as the sky in the first piece and the faux white slats match those I painted on the top of the chest. Even the underside continues the illusion of slats. And, yes, I painted my signature insect; Can you see the lady bug? It is important that the little side buttons are painted white as they visually connect the top to the base, but I resisted the urge to painted anything additional on the blue surfaces because the stool told me No!!
I painted lots of pretty tall flowers growing behind a picket fence on this solid wood, three drawer, storage piece. Hollyhocks bloom in profusion up the front, right across all three drawers. One of the side panels sports Sunflowers while the other has Morning Glories climbing up a wrought iron trellis. Look closely and you will find three butterflies, a bumble bee, a lady bug, a dragon fly and two charming birdhouses. The top is painted to appear like it is made of slats of wood. The greenery wraps around to the back just enough to complete the design all the way. This small chest stands 26 ” tall, is 12″ wide and 14″ deep (counting the knobs). Perfect for a dorm room or even a bathroom! This piece sold as soon as it was posted, however if you would like me to paint something in this style please fell free to contact me through this site.
This small footstool is painted with a profusion of sunflowers! Of course there is a bee visiting the flowers. A few fallen petals are painted on the two longer side panels. The top of the stool is only about 12″ X 8″. I have included a ‘before’ picture to help you understand the transformation better.