In my defense there was a lot of wood burning on this piece. I like to do the burning out in the garage because of the lingering smell. Plus it has been ungodly hot this summer and some days it was just too beastly to be out there in the heat with a hot burner.
When my friend first brought me her cabinet it looked like this.
She likes a colorful folk art style and to give me a bit of direction she gave me this inspiration image.
... and this is what I came up with for her.
She wanted to incorporate some wine themed words and phrases into the piece so I added them by burning them into the edges of the front and top of the cabinet.
The word Slainte means Cheers in Irish and is a nod to her heritage.
These are the two sides
Even though the back will most likely seldom be seen, I couldn't leave it bare so I added a simple design here too.
Finally, I always like to add some fun to the interior of a piece like this. This time I dressed it up with some metalic stripes and polka dots, a couple bottles of wine and a cork screw and a cork.
I haven't done any trompe L'oeil for awhile. It was fun to revisit this technique.
Now it's ready to hold all the cabernet, pinot, malbec and saugvignon blanc she can fit in here.
This piece was beginning to feel like a permanent fixture in my painting garage. I will be just a little bit sad to see it leave.
Looking at the pictures makes me think I deserve a glass of wine.
Cheers to that!
LInking up my wine cabinet creation here: