Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Queen Anne furniture -- custom settee and japanned secretary

I've been buying and making more pieces for my future dolls' house lately.  I mentioned in an earlier post that I had ordered a custom Queen Anne settee from Kris Compas.  It arrived yesterday, so I set up a little vignette to photograph.

I arranged the pieces in the ground floor room of the Tower.

The perfect little sofa makes me so happy!  Kris makes every part of her pieces -- including shaping the cabriole legs.   I think it's begging for some needlepoint cushions :)  If you'd like Kris to make something for you, please check out her website at CDHM.

I'm so pleased with how this turned out.  It started as a bog-standard unfinished whitewood piece by Streets Ahead.  I primed it, spray painted it red and then used gold and black permanent markers to draw chinoiserie designs on it, looking at a variety of early 18th century japanned antiques for inspiration.  You could also japan a piece in black chinoiserie, but I really love red!


  1. Great pieces of furniture! I love your Chinese paintings!

  2. You drew those designs yourself?!? Wow . . wish I could draw like that, it looks fabulous!

  3. Thanks, guys! It was actually surprisingly easy, Alennka -- I just followed some examples in general terms and tried not to worry too much about it. The gold marker will wipe off immediately after you use it, so there was a little margin for error -- if something I drew looked really bad, I could just rub it out :) (I used the black marker second, because that puppy does NOT erase!)

  4. You did a wonderful job of this secretary! These pieces are so perfect for a tower room.


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