(Grand Forks, B.C. Canada)
The Camouflage Chaise
Years ago, someone gave me a really ugly molded plastic chaise, I'm sure with good intentions, but until recently I had avoided using it, due to the fact that it was so repulsive. Grey, featureless plastic just isn't my garden style. However, I suddenly had an inspiration, and decided to paint the chaise in a sort of camouflage chic design.
I started by sanding the chaise, but eventually decided that it probably would hold the paint without any kind of preparation as it was rough anyway. I think if the finish had been shiny, this technique wouldn't have worked.
I started to paint the chaise in various colors as a background using my favorite acrylic craft paints. Then I painted the middle of the chaise to look like old barnboard, with a silvery background, then painted knotholes and grain on it. The next step was to paint the sides with darker colored leaf shapes, to look like shadows. The fun part was to change brushes and paint colors frequently, adding vines, leaves and shoots all over in an organic textural fashion.
The trick with this type of painting is to know when to stop - I think I got that part just right.
My next project is to paint some old salvaged plant pots