Hey, everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a week already since I’ve posted! I’m back and here to share another art project I undertook a few months ago.
I bought this perfect shaped, sturdy toy chest from the thrift store. It wasn’t very pretty looking though. It was a pleasant shade of brown, but had a lot of tiny scratches, of which some were deep, all over it. I bought it, thinking that, with some work and a personal touch, it would make a great birthday present for a little brother of mine.
Unfortunately, I did not take a picture before I spray painted it. But here are some progress photos nonetheless!
First up, I washed it with those rags you see to the left. I also have the chest lying down in such a way so I could spray paint as much of it as I possibly could at once (I only used one can – and not even all of it!). I laid some cardboard underneath it so I wouldn’t get any paint on the driveway. I wasn’t completely successful. There is some outline of a faint, blue paint on the driveway to this very day.
And you simply must have coffee when working on a project. 🙂 Be sure to keep it a safe distance from where you’re spray painting! And it’s best drunk from a Donald Duck sketch mug. 🙂
Once done spray painting the blue, I painted a Jo Sports logo on both sides. Yes, it is remarkably similar to FOX Sports, which is on purpose. I wish I could take credit for it, but my brother Josiah, for whom this chest is for, designed this logo a while back. Which is why it’s Jo Sports. The other side looks a little better, but I won’t bore you with another picture.
And here we have the top of the chest! It is the name of Josiah’s YouTube channel (here I will unashamedly leave link to his cool trick shot video: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUbGjpNjGUc&t=11s)
He also came up with this font. I’m just hand painting on there. I lightly penciled the words on the chest and then painted it white. I then outlined the words with black to give the white a slight more pop to it.
Here you see the front of the chest with the super faint outline of a helmet. I used a white pencil since the blue was actually pretty dark.
Here, if you squint, you can see the outline of the helmet on the chest still. You can also see my reference picture to the left there on my laptop.
Painting in the white part of the helmet!
Josiah created all of the designs of these helmets you will see. I hand painted them all on the chest. I also outlined all of the helmets with black to give it that pop.
All four helmets lined up with one helmet not quite done yet. With the exception of the tornado on the helmet on the far right, I painted in the logos first then painted the surface of the helmet. Usually you’d do it the other way, but I had penciled the logos in and had to see it to get the them right. If I had done the background first, I wouldn’t see the penciled in logos anymore and surely would’ve messed them up.
A closer in pic of the unfinished helmet. As you can see, I’m painting the background now. Touch up will be required for the logo since I will have to make absolutely certain that you cannot see any blue with the helmet.
And the finished product on the front! A quick fun fact: to get the shape of the helmet itself as consistent as possible, I traced the outline of the helmet of the far right one unto a clear piece of paper. Then I traced the outline of the paper unto the chest for the last three helmets. I had to the flip paper, draw one line on chest, flip paper, draw one line one chest, etc. method. All those years of tracing a picture in a coloring book unto a regular sheet of paper really paid off! 😀
Here you actually see evidence of the black outline around the letters. You can see the O intersecting the J. And the same with the C with the O.
A picture of the front and top of the chest.
And … here’s the last picture!
I was able to get my hands on all of Josiah’s designs without him knowing it, thank goodness. I had fun doing it. I have more art projects mind in the future, but I need more furniture.
I hoped you enjoy the progress pictures! Let me know what you think in the comments below!