Feeling nostalgic for all things Boston (my hometown), I hatched a fun plan for a makeover of a waterfall-style dresser to look like a Boston Subway Car.
The dresser I sourced had some issues with the finish making it a good candidate for painting.
Waterfall furniture was mass-produced from the 1920′s-1940′s with new plywood construction techniques that made it affordable to introduce curvilinear elements into furniture construction.
I usually avoid painting waterfall style furniture at all costs! That was until I came across a vintage postcard of a Boston Street Car when a more playful plan for the dresser came to life.
Seeing this postcard evoked so many happy memories for me! Growing up in Boston, the MBTA Green Line was a lifeline to many activities in the city. My favorite green line station is KENMORE or Kenmore Square– home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox. Images of the big green wall, the iconic CITGO sign and the hustle and bustle of this vibrant section of the city immediately came to mind!
Once I had the subway-car inspired design plan mapped out in my Workbook, I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan to paint the design onto the surface. I started with an under-painting of Graphite and Paris Grey.
I also planned on using Annie’s Sloan’s Old White but needed to get into some mixing for that signature subway-car green.
I taped-off areas of the dresser as I went to keep the lines more clean. At this point I decided to forgo adding the mirror and back support. The mirror was in pretty bad shape and the support just didn’t look right without it.
For the lettering, I made my own stencils– printing them on card stock and cutting them with an X-Acto knife.
I did some dry brushing of Old White and Graphite on the windows and headlight to add shading and dimension. A script liner brush was used to free-hand the curved lines.
To add character and grittiness to the piece, a wet distress technique was used to reveal some of the Graphite under the custom green mix. A wash of Graphite was also used to add to the effect.
Once the trolley was all detailed, it was finished with Annie Sloan’s Clear & Dark Soft Wax.
Just in time for its maiden voyage…
NEXT STOP KENMOOORE!