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picket fence cabinet
by Colleen Reitz, OSCI

Picket Fence Cabinet
Colleen Reitz, OSCI
FolkArt Acrylics:
Basil Green #645
Bayberry #922
Berry Wine #434
Dark Plum #469
Sterling Blue #441
Sunflower #432
Thicket #924
Wicker White #901
FolkArt Artists’ Pigments
Burnt Umber #462
Dioxazine Purple #463
Plaid One Stroke:
#¾ Flat
#12 Flat
#10 Flat
# 2 Script Liner
Brush Basin
Paper Towels
Styrofoam Plates
Murphy’s Oil Soap
Floating Medium #868
Picket Fence Cabinet from
LTD Commodities
Hello Everyone! This is a great design to work with. I read Donna’s Decorative Furniture book and have used so many of her ideas to create many different projects. This pattern was taken from the Lavender and Hydrangeas on stackable drawers. I loved it right away and when I purchased this cabinet I knew right away what to put on it. Use your own creativity to think outside the box and design something new! Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. What’s the worst thing that can happen, you paint it again! You have to take the chance or you will never know what you are capable of!
I hope you enjoy the project. If you have any questions please contact me at
Happy Painting!
Cabinet Top:
Basecoat Cabinet with Bayberry 2x. Pickets should be Wicker White.
Using the #2 script liner and inky Thicket make a straight line around the outside of the cabinet about 1 inch in. I did not trace this; just use your pinky on the edge as a guide. It does not have to be perfect.
Still using the inky Thicket make a wavy line above and below the straight line. Do the same thing with inky Sunflower.
Double load a #3/4 flat with Basil and Thicket. On the Thicket side pick up a touch of Burnt Umber. (Don’t blend Burnt Umber) Start at the bottom, on your chisel edge, pushing gently then lifting to your chisel edge. Always lead with the lighter color. Pick up more paint on each corner and without blending and make comma strokes. See Lavender illustration.
Double load a #12 flat with Dioxazine Purple and Wicker White. On your chisel edge, leading with white, pull short strokes down the stem of the lavender. Vary lengths and leave room for the Berry Wine. Do not forget to pull a short stroke in the center of the lavender to give it some depth. If you only go from side to side your lavender will look flat. Repeat above steps with Berry Wine and Wicker White.
Using inky Burnt Umber on a #2 script liner make ties around the stems.
Load a #3/4 flat with Basil and Bayberry on one corner and pick up Dark Plum on the other corner. Dark Plum will stay on the inside of the leaf. Dip into floating medium to make it look more transparent. Make a few large leaves around the top and bottom of cabinet.
Now we will begin to make our hydrangeas. Load Sterling Blue on one corner of a #10 flat then dip into floating medium and work out on your palette. It should be darker on the outside and nothing on the inside. If you find the color is moving in to the center wipe your brush out and reload. Begin making the hydrangeas in various places on the cabinet. Repeat the above steps using Dark Plum and Berry Wine. Layer them over each other for a really natural look.
Using a #2 script liner pull through Thicket and Sunflower and dot the centers of the hydrangea flowers. See hydrangea illustration.
Use inky Thicket on #2 script liner and make curliques.
About the Author:
Colleen Reitz lives on the North Fork of Long Island, NY with her husband and best friend Richard. They have 3 beautiful children, Robert 9, Christina 7, and Kaitlin 5. Colleen is very active in her community and is always on the run with the children. When they have free time they enjoy camping and boating on Peconic Bay with their family.
Colleen attended the Atlantic City Certification with Donna in 2000 where she received her teaching certification. She was so inspired by Donna that as soon as she came home she began planning where to teach. Within a few months Colleen began teaching at her local Recreation Center. The response was overwhelming! One of her students approached her about opening an Art Studio inside of her new retail country store. Well, she always said that when it was meant to be God would give her a sign, and here it was! He put this wonderful opportunity in her lap and she took it!
In November 2002, A Stroke of Art, Inc. was born! The studio has been busy beyond belief. Colleen teaches One Stroke to adults and children beginning at 4 years old. She also designs custom murals, furniture and borders for her non-painting clients. Visit to view some of Colleen’s work. If you have any problems at all following the instructions please feel free to e-mail me at