How to Paint with Yellow

Hello everyone, Leah here!

Anyone who has painted a piece of furniture can tell you that it doesn’t always go as planned. This one was no exception. I picked this little birdseye maple gem up at an antique store I frequent. It was in great condition. I like to buy furniture that is in good condition because I want my customer to have the best quality pieces out there with an artisan finish.

Materials List:

How To:

Ya’ll know how this starts…first you must thoroughly clean your piece. I mean you have to get all the dirt, grime, and years of furniture polish off it. It’s not as hard as it sounds. I like to clean my piece once over with White Lightning and rinse it well. Next, I gave this piece 2 coats of clear BOSS.

Okay, now the prep work is done and we are ready to paint! Wahoo! I knew I wanted this piece to be yellow! I decided to use a blend of Colonel Mustard and Buttercream. This paint blends beautifully. I like to use a brush for each color and a clean dry one to blend them together and soften the lines.

Next up: the transfer. When I saw this transfer I knew it was meant for this sunny yellow chest of joy! I wanted this to come around the side subtly so you could still see the sunny yellow and ivory blend.

Once the transfer was applied, I burnished it with a Finishing Pad. This helps push the transfer into the paint and also takes off any loose pieces.

For balance I added the Winter Blooms mould around the leg of the piece. I used moulding material to create the cast.

I hand painted the moulds once they were dry with In The Navy paint. I added gilding waxes in Green Patina and Warm Gold to really bring out the texture and details.

For the final step, I finished this Sunny Days dresser with Clear Top Coat in Satin. I gave it 2 coats, letting it dry in-between.

For more information about this piece, head to Leah Noell Design Co. here!

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