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Artist Lucas Risé + Best of the Web

by Garrett Fleming

Artist Lucas Rise + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

I first learned about the intricate work of artist Lucas Risé when writing about a house in Nairobi, Kenya. The homeowner used one of his cabinets (pictured above) to bridge the gap between the modern accessories they brought with them from New York and their home’s rustic-style architecture. Ever since then, I’ve longed to learn more about Lucas and his detailed process.

Don’t worry — we are currently working on a home tour with him, so fingers crossed it works out. Until then, here is a further look at his intricate work and five paint-inspired DIYs you can tackle before Monday. Just like Lucas’ work, each proves just how far a paint job can go. Have a great weekend, and enjoy! —Garrett

Artist Lucas Risé + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Image above: “Africa” by Lucas Risé. His work is inspired by how birds view the world, from great heights. While flying, birds see shapes and colors in precise patterns, just like the viewer does when they see Lucas’ work.

Artist Lucas Risé + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Image above: “African Whimsical” by Lucas Risé.

Artist Lucas Risé + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Image above: Lucas doesn’t just paint cabinets. He also creates mirrors and even shot glasses. You can snag the latter here.


Artist Lucas Rise + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Justine Hand at Remodelista admits this DIY was a bit tricky, but the results are stunning. She used vintage patterned paint rollers from The Painted House — inspired by original rollers found in Romania — to achieve the look.

Artist Lucas Rise + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Stencils, stain and and the steady hand of The Painted Hive’s Kristine put a bohemian twist on this mid-century sideboard.


Improvised Life suggests painting each rung of some old chairs in darker and darker shades to achieve a quick ombre effect.

Artist Lucas Rise + Best of the Web, Design*Sponge

Donna Dodson used highly-pigmented clay paint to give this old cabinet its rustic ombre effect.


Birch wood. Trim. Painter’s tape. Done. This headboard DIY is super simple and will have a major impact on the look of any bedroom.

Small Business Shout Out: A big thank you to small business sponsor, Juniper & ScoutStocking everything from indie stationery to housewares (like the shown above!), Juniper & Scout is beautifully curated and worth a visit! Visit the shop here.

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  • Ooooh, THANK YOU for linking to Improvised Life! Such an amazing site, and she’s got some really awesome DIY stuff & recipes there (as well as a daily dose of joy).

    And whoa, those Risé cabinets are amazing. Off to stare at those for a while…

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