This room combines 3 complete features; stripped rag-roll effect, painted wall decorative scrolls and painted furniture.



Artist Acrylic paint
     Cadmium Yellow
     Raw Siene
     Raw Umber

Floetrol latex paint extender   

1 2.5 quart bucket
Paper plate
1 Three inch painters brush
No. 4 artist brush
Cotton Rags
2   2.5 quart buckets
Disposable gloves
Painters tape
Drop cloth
Tracing paper
Satin latex varnish


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Children's room
Painted Furniture

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Furniture glazing

Discover the techniques to antique the base of the furniture seen here. This technique antique striee effect is perfectly suited for kitchen cabinets and bath vanities!


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Color palette


Artist Acrylic paints:

  • Raw Umber
  • Raw Sienna
  • White


Create your own transfer paper simply and cheaply. You can transfer your patterns and images onto virtually any surface with this easy method.



Decorating Children's Rooms
Painting Furniture

Section 3

Rating 2.5 -moderate

Third in a series of 3 tutorials in the
Decorating Children's Rooms series, hand painted furniture completes the room by adding the final touches to furniture and room details. 

Adding decorative features, like these painted scrolls, to both walls and furniture create a charming and consistent overall theme.

This hand painted armoire with decorative scrolls and soft, rag-rolled panels, combine to complete this charming child's bedroom. This touch of sophistication insures the child can grow up in this room well into their teens without outgrowing this decorative style.

In Series 1, painted stripe treatment, you learn how to create softly
rag rolled and striped yellow walls.
Series 2, adding hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to further embellish the room with decorative motifs.
Series 3, painting furniture, brings the room together by adding the final touches to furniture and room details.




Step 1: Preparing the furniture

Lay drop cloths on floor. Use painters tape and mask off area to be painted. Dilute some white latex paint with water in a bucket. You want to ‘white wash’ the center panels and drawer fronts of your armoire. Brush on thinned paint and soften with a rag. Allow to dry.


Creating texture


Step 2: Creating a panel texture

On your paper plate mix some Cadmium Yellow with some Floetrol to make a yellow glaze. Loosely brush this over the white panels.

Step 3: Ragging on your texture

With a dry rag blot the surface to create a rag texture. It should be soft and airy. Work on one panel at a time. Allow to dry completely (1-2 hrs.)

When dry remove all tape. Your armoire after stage one.

Creating your scroll pattern

Step 4: Creating the scroll pattern

On a piece of tracing paper sketch out your scroll design so it fits, and is in scale with the panel you are working on. For the opposite panel simply flip the tracing over and you have a mirror image to use.


Creating transfers


Step 5: Transferring your scroll  pattern

On another piece of tracing paper, take the flat edge of your pencil and fill the page with graphite from your pencil. You are creating your own transfer paper. Tape the scroll pattern to the panel surface and lay the transfer paper underneath. With a sharp pencil trace over your design. This should leave an exact image on the furniture panel.


Step 6: Painting your scroll pattern

Mix Raw Seine with Raw Umber to make your outline color. With your No. 4 artists brush paint over your transfer lines to create your scroll. Allow to dry and remove excess pencil lines with an eraser.

Step 7: Painting your scroll pattern on the drawer fronts

Follow the same process. Sketch out one side of the scroll pattern, then flip it to create a symmetrical image. Transfer the pattern to the surface using your home made transfer paper. Mix Raw Seine with Raw Umber to make your outline color. With your No. 4 artists brush paint over your transfer lines to create your scroll. Allow to dry. Remove excess pencil lines with an eraser.

 Step 8: Filling in your pattern

Fill in the centers of your scroll pattern with white paint.

 Step 9: High lighting your pattern

Use Raw Umber and add an accent edge on one side only of your scroll. This creates a ‘shadow’ line and gives the motif depth.

 Step10: Protecting your artwork

Brush on a Satin sheen latex varnish over the center panels and drawer fronts for added protection. Clean up with warm, soapy water.

The completed room!

Visit the other features in this series:

Series 1
Painted stripe treatment. Create softly
rag rolled and striped yellow walls.

Series 2
Adding hand-painted decorative scrolls, allows you to
further embellish the room with decorative motifs.


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