Well, it’s Easter here in the US, whether you are celebrating it in the religious sense, the secular sense or just annoyed because the Home Depot is closed. Not being able to send out any Easter Eggs, I will try to do the next best thing and share my pictures of painted chests.

(To bypass the expository content and go right to the photo set, click HERE.)

There seem to be four major categories of painting. First is just painting the chest to color it. Nothing artistic. Just paint.

Paint. Color. Nothing fancy.

Paint. Color. Nothing fancy.

Then there is faux graining. Making the wood look like something it isn’t. Better wood. More interesting wood. Some are more realistic. Some less so.

Simple faux graining.

Simple faux graining.

More elaborate graining. Creating a mitered panel chest.

More elaborate graining. Creating a mitered panel chest.

Decorative painting. Exploring ethnic and regional motifs.

Like this one.

Like this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Or this one.

Finally, there is what you might call the free form, abstract expressionism or “what were they thinking?” Such as:

Qué es? Yet compelling.

Qué es? Yet compelling.

Like faux graining only not quite.

Like faux graining only not quite.

Two for the price of one. Only twice as much.

Two for the price of one. Only twice as much.

You can see the entire set (now called an album) of 172 image by clicking HERE.

Soon, we will get back to the serious business of furniture exploration. But not today.