When it came to finishing my Taunton chest, somewhere along the way my brain just quit functioning. I decided early on that I was going to paint my chest. No. I don’t have that kind of experience. Sure I’ve painted a few pieces of furniture, but nothing with a design – I simply slapped on the color and manipulated it a bit using wet rags and a torch. That’s pretty much it.
To pull off this feat, I knew that I needed to develop a pattern for the design – surely I couldn’t just freehand the decoration, which is how I suspect the maker of the antique piece, Robert Crosman, did. For my pattern I turned to a couple of computer programs. I used Adobe Photoshop and SketchUp Make. Photoshop can be purchased for around $10 per month, and SketchUp Make is free (Fig. 1).
After arriving at a pattern I needed to transfer it to the project, keeping the scene consistent as it flowed over the drawers and chest front. Lastly, and probably the most important part of the finish would be to paint the lines, birds and flowers. What the hell was I thinking?
The one thing I had in my favor was that the paint work on the original was not of the quality of Rembrandt or Chagall. Crosman’s work was very nice, surely better than my attempt, but it is what is called a “ten-footer” in the car world. It looks great from about ten feet away. Up close, however, you could tell it was not by the hands of a Master. I hoped I could pull it off.
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