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Trompe l’œil furniture


Painting trompe l’œil furniture…

…is my favourite form of trompe l’œil work. It means I can work in my studio away from the hustle and bustle of a building site. I only need to go out when collecting the furniture and delivering the finished work. It also means the job has my full concentration all the time.

Working out on site always brings its own problems simply to do with the fact there are usually more people about and so the danger of damaging the trompe l’œil is correspondingly increased, keeping dust out of the varnish is much harder and working off ladders and scaffolds bring their own difficulties.


trompe l'œil on furniture
Trompe l’œil toilet seat

If you have an existing piece of furniture I can paint on that. If not I can source the furniture or have it made specifically. Naturally this costs – corner cupboards are not cheap, blanket boxes or toy boxes are much more readily available. If you have an queries please don’t hesitate to contact me using the contact form in the HOME menu.

Do also bear in mind that some furniture simply doesn’t lend itself to a trompe l’œil painting. Fielded panels in doors make it almost impossible. That said, there is no reason why a NON trompe l’œil piece of decoration can’t be applied to the furniture.

In the south of England is Charleston House, home to the Bloomsberry Group including authors such as Virginia Woolf and artists like Quentin Bell. This house’s interior was decorated to the hilt by this group of artists. You can see some examples here to give you ideas.

Please note:

over the years I have been contacted and asked if I have “such and such” in stock?

I don’t generally carry stock, I paint to commission.


Toilet seat trompe l’œil

Most of these toilet seats were painted to commission. As with any trompe l’œil the money is in the details. The mahogany seat with the contents of a handbag emptied on it was painted as a wedding present and obviously took way more time than the others.


trompe l'œil on toilet seat with money, lighter and cigarettes
Trompe l’ oeil toilet seat with money, lighter and cigarettes

trompe l'œil on toilet seat
Trompe l’ oeil on a toilet seat

trompe l'œil on toilet seat
Painted directly onto a toilet seat


trompe l'œil on toilet seat
Trompe l’œil on toilet seat

trompe l'œil on toilet seat
Trompe l’ œil furniture

trompe l'œil on toilet seat
Toilet seat with makeup, sweets and an apple core


Trompe l’œil corner cupboards


Painted furniture
Corner cupboard with books

painted trompe l' oeil furniture
Corner cupboard with marmalade cat


trompe l' oeil corner cupboard
Trompe l’oeil corner cupboard with black and white cat

trompe l' œil furniture
Trompe l’oeil corner cupboard with parrot


Trompe l' oeil furniture
Trompe l’oeil corner cupboard with rooster and chicks

Decorated furniture
Bee skep corner cupboard


Miscellaneous painted furniture


Decorated furniture
Trompe l’oeil Secretaire with books and a rat

Of all the furniture I have painted my favourite is this secretaire. It was supplied to me in really bad condition which I had to make good before painting. The piece was finished with a drag-spatter before the trompe l’œil was painted. Even the piece of paper hanging out of the drawer is painted.

I was asked to include the client’s daughter’s pet rat that used to go walkabout, he is skulking behind the bowl but he’s hard to see in this photo.


decorated furniture
Blanket boxes with duck and rooster

decorated furniture
Painted child’s school desk

The book on the desk included logic puzzles the answers to which were painted on the back of the desk.


painted furniture
Blanket boxes with ducks

trompe l' oeil furniture
Blanket boxes with rabbits