Saturday, April 17, 2021

How to Paint Folk Art Cabinets

 Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."

- William Morris

After my last newsletter I got a bunch of questions about the cabinets I hand painted in the studio.  

My design was inspired by traditional folk art painted furniture like this cabinet from Scandinavia.  I especially love how symmetrical and balanced their designs are.

First I installed the cabinets and stained the wood.  Then...

I created stencils out of nice stiff paper and...

parts of an old organ I found at an antique store.

I traced the stencils onto the cabinets with pencil then filled in with black paint.  I carefully measured each point so that I would have perfect symmetry.  (My neighborhood has lots of crows and cats that inspired this panel!)

I also created some stencil designs in color on the pantry door.

This is the only cabinet I painted asymmetrically.  I was inspired by British folk designs like this one...

To finish the cabinets I put a layer of polyurethane on to protect them from stains.

Want to explore the studio in person?  

Visit us:
First Fridays from 6-9pm
Saturdays from 10am-4pm

Located at 1116 E. North Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

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