Girl with White Egret Freehand Painted Antique Bookcase

By Barbara Hansen, Artist at MetamorfozaFurniture in 09-411 BIAŁA, PL

2016CreativeFirst Place

This amazing Grand Rapids Bookcase & Chair Co, Hastings, Michigan Bookcase was in very poor condition when I found her. Damaged dirty with holes and missing inlay appliques. I have tried to restore her at first..however, peeling veneer and damaged wood make me change my mind. I decided to transfer the image of my favorite painting by Akseli Gallen-Kallela from sane time period what my beautiful piece (1911-1917)

When I have enlarged print of the painting which I have bought on line I was disappointed with very blurry and pixlated image. I have decided to freehand paint my own version of the painting with little different colors and landscape. I used many different chalk paints, stains  and glazes for my painting. For example I paint my girl hair with General Finishes Cinnamon Dye Stain and Brown Mahogany Gel Stain :)

Prodcts used for Body of the bookcase: 

1)Basecoat Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint in Graphite

2) Panels: Base in General Finishes Basil, than Pearl Effects in Burnished Pearl, Tawny Pearl and Cooper Pearl Glazed with Van Duke Brown Glaze Effect. I have also used this combination to paint grass on my painting. I made my own black and white wax for patina. I used Miss Lillian's Gel Stain over her Graphite paint for the Top and sides. I used wood filler to carved missing appliques. Appliques were gold leafed and than distressed I have also used Paint Couture in Rich Gold and Glaze Couture in Black Chiffon.

This is first time I have used General Finishes products and I am so impressed with the effect you can achieve. I love it! Image Credit: I would like to give credit to the artist Melissa Nucera. Her digital image "Unwritten Tale" was inspiration for my freehand painting. You can purchase her artwork at  Her work is not for commercial use.

Products Used

  • General Finishes Pearl Effects in Burnished Pearl
  • General Finishes Pearl Efects Tawny Pearl
  • General Finishes Pearl Efects Copper Pearl
  • General Finishes Van Dyke Brown Glaze Efects
  • General Finishes Brown Mahogany Gel Stain
  • General Finishes Cinnamon Dye Stain
  • Miss Lillian's No Wax Chock Paint Graphite
  • Miss Lillian's Gel Stain Tobacco
  • General Finishes Basil Milk Paint
  • Paint Couture Rich Gold
  • Glaze Couture Black Chiffon
  • Gold Leaf
  • Artisan Enhaucements Leaf Size
  • Minwax Wood Filler
  • General Finishes Flat Out Flat TopCoat

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