Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Birch Tree Coat Rack

When I saw this little baby on Craigslist, I thought it looked like a tree.  And I have an affinity for birch trees.  So, after a few layers of paint, I'm hoping I achieved the look.  (***crossing fingers that you think so; no fine artist degree here***).

Here she is before, in all here orange pine stained glory:

And here she is after **trying** to achieve the look:

Am I the only one seeing it?  I think the design lends itself to a tree.  Or maybe I just need to get out of living in the woods.

I started with a base white after priming.  Then I added a tiny bit of black to the white to make a very light gray.  I used a large bristle brush so it would create a texture kind of look.  Then I added the black and brown "bark characteristics" of the birch tree with an artist's brush.  I thought much of that was too highlighted, so I went over those parts with the light gray again.  Three coats of polyacrylic later, and here she stands.

Everyone needs a place to hang their Christmas hats.  ;)  If you need a place to hang your Christmas hats, she's for sale at Robin's Egg.


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  1. Popping over from Better After - this is AWESOME!!! What a vision you have, you did a fantastic job. It looks so realistic. Love it!

  2. Also from Better After. This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time!

  3. And the Craigslist search begins! I must have this!!! Great job!

  4. Found you on the under $100 link party. THIS IS AWESOME. I must make one!!! Great job

  5. oh my gosh, i love that! saw your feature on blue cricket, and had to come over and tell you how great this is.

  6. You brought pleasure to my day. Thanks.

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  8. So cute! Definitely lends itself to a tree look.