Old Style Demilune Chests, Hand Painted By A Faux Artist In Washington, DC
An east coast designer requested a custom set of demilune chests that involved very specific design and space contraints for her client's dining room. The first of several interesting challenges presented by this project required that we construct full size templates in order to ensure that the proportions of the final product work within the defined space while remaining, independently, pleasing to the eye.
Because the chests were to be custom painted, we created laminates for the drawer fronts. This required the construction of a jig (a guide for producing identical work or work pieces) in order to consistently facilitate the precise curve of the facade. The curved side panels posed another challenge, as they too had to be exact and, again, took special care to create.
Working closely with the faux painter, careful communication was needed to precisely accommodate the thickness of their 8 coats of paint, and thereby allow for proper spacing around the drawers. Fortunately, the drawer gaps required only very minor adjustments.
The client and painter selected drawer pulls to best complement the painting upon completion.
This was an interesting and enjoyable collaboration for all of us, and the client was delighted by the final product.
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