Make It Monday: Pretty Peace Chest

I’ve noticed a lot of “peace” themes in magazines recently, using both the word and the symbol.  I really like it, and so I had to share this box painted by our own designer Chris Williams.  The great thing about this peace chest is that it’s several easy painting strokes put together to look fancy-schmancy!  You really won’t believe how easy it is.  Here are the instructions.

Gather These Supplies:

  • FolkArt Acrylic Paint – Aqua, Hauser Green Light, Jamaican Sea, Linen, Nutmeg, Parisian Pink
  • FolkArt Waterbased Varnish – either gloss, satin or matte
  • 3/4″ Flat brush or 1″ foam brush
  • No. 1 Liner brush
  • No. 8 Flat brush
  • No. 10 Flat brush
  • Stencil Decor Dauber Set
  • Basic painting supplies – water basin, paper towels, etc.

Let’s Begin – Surface Preparation:
1. Lightly sand the wooden chest and drawer fronts using very fine grit sandpaper. Sand the surface in the direction of the wood grain.
2. Clean the surface sawdust using a moistened paper towel.
3. Using a ruler, mark lightly with a pencil the design you wish create for the top of the chest, OR use the pattern provided.
4. Using a 1” foam brush (or a 3/4″ Flat Brush), basecoat the chest as follows:
Top Drawer – Jamaican Sea
Bottom Drawer – Parisian Pink
Chest Right Side – AP Aqua
Chest Left Side – AP Hauser Green Lt
Chest Back – Nutmeg
Chest Top – Middle Section – Linen, Upper Right Section – Jamaican Sea, Upper Left Section – Parisian Pink, Lower Right Section – Hauser Green Lt., Lower Left Section – AP Aqua
Begin by squeezing a puddle of each color onto a foam plate. Dip the foam brush into one color and begin painting the sanded, raw wood; paint in the direction of the wood grain.
5. Sand if rough and reapply a second base of color. Allow to dry. Be sure to wash the foam brush immediately.

Painting Instructions
Patchwork Sections
1. Jamaican Sea Sections – Using the No. 1 Liner Brush loaded with thinned AP Aqua, paint peace signs. Begin by painting a circle, paint a vertical line through the middle and add two legs at 5 and 7 o’clock. Load the handle end of the No. 10 Flat Brush with Nutmeg and paint polka dots around the peace signs as accents.
2. Parisian Pink Sections – Load the 1/4″ Dauber with Nutmeg and paint 1/4″ circles or polka dots randomly over the pink background. Allow to dry. Load the handle end of the No. 10 Flat Brush with AP Hauser Green Lt and paint a polka dot in the center of the Nutmeg circle. Load the handle end of the No. 1 Liner Brush with AP Aqua and accent small dots randomly throughout.
3. AP Hauser Green Lt. Sections – Load the No. 10 Flat Brush with AP Aqua and paint flat stripes overlapping horizontally and vertically. Allow to dry. Load the No. 8 Flat Brush with Jamaican Sea and paint a second layer stripe centered over the first stripe. Allow to dry. Load the No. 1 Liner Brush with thinned Nutmeg and paint stitching lines along the top of each plaid and along the right side of each plaid. Allow to dry.
4. AP Aqua Sections – Load the 5/8” Dauber with Parisian Pink. Paint a pattern of vertical stripes (three to a row). Load 1/2 of the Dauber with Linen and reapply color highlighting the top half of the previously painted Parisian Pink circle. Load the No. 1 Liner Brush with AP Hauser Green Lt and paint a stem. Load the No. 8 Flat Brush with Jamaican Sea; paint a leaf on both sides of the stem. Accent the top of each ball flower with a spray of Jamaican Sea fine lines and Parisian Pink dots painted using the No. 1 Liner Brush. Paint accent Nutmeg polka dots throughout using the handle end of the No. 10 Flat Brush.

Finishing Details
1. Stitching Lines – Lightly pencil the word “Peace” or any other personalization you like. Load the No. 1 Liner Brush with thinned Nutmeg. Carefully paint the letters of the word you choose by painting a short line, lift the brush, move slightly and paint another line creating stitching lines. Add stitching lines around the diamond shape on the top.
2. Paint the knobs and trim area Nutmeg. You can use the width of the No. 8 Flat Brush or approximately 1/4” as the trim width.
3. The bottom skirt of the chest is painted Linen and accented with Nutmeg stitching lines.
4. After the surface areas are thoroughly dry, apply an even coat of FolkArt Waterbase Varnish in the desired sheen. Squeeze a small puddle of varnish onto the foam plate, fill a large flat brush with varnish and lightly brush the surface. Be careful NOT to over stroke the brush as it may add air bubbles.

Isn’t it cute???  Time to make one of your very own!

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2 Comments to “Make It Monday: Pretty Peace Chest”

  1. Beautiful colors!

  2. Thank you, Amy 🙂

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