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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

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A gray dresser and evolution of an idea

Martha Leone

152b Art Deco by Martha Leone Design
152c Art Deco by Martha Leone Design
152 Art Deco by Martha Leone Design
152a Art Deco by Martha Leone Design
152d Art Deco by Martha Leone Design


On a perfect day, design is easy, effective and beautiful. I wasn't having a perfect day when I worked on this dresser. I knew what I wanted to accomplish but the idea went through at least four revisions before the paint brush was picked up.


D E S I G N   P R O C E S S

After finishing the piece below, I thought it would be fun to use the shape to create a pattern for another dresser. Take a look at the evolution of this design:

#150f by Martha Leone Design


DesignSketch Martha Leone Design

1 The shape is rotated 180 degrees and copied till some of the lines intersect various corners.


2 The design is masked off.

Process B by Martha Leone Design


3 The design feels a bit disjointed so the strong diagonal lines are extended to close up some of the open spaces.

Process A by Martha Leone Design


Process C by Martha Leone Design

4 Still not working well but I wasn't ready to scrap the whole idea. So I deleted the strong diagonal lines and connected other lines. Recognizable shapes began to emerge.


5Oh my goodness. Bad move. So I took a few lines away and added others. Then took a few more away before painting.

Process D by Martha Leone Design


6 Finished.

152e Art Deco by Martha Leone Design

Painted in Queenstown Gray by General Finishes and sealed with their topcoat in Flat.


This dresser is available at Peg Leg Vintage.

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