Furniture Projects, Craft Projects, Thrift Store projects

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pine Dresser turned Dressy Dresser

This is a nice large pine cabinet with big deep drawers. I haven't really measured it, but it is taller than me and I am 5'-1". It has 2 shelves that go in the cubby and would look so good with large baskets. I thought this would be a great cabinet for crafts or even toys in a family room.
Of course I have a vision for this cabinet and it is not staying like this for long.

Nice Pine drawers

First coat of white paint. This big beast got to have the spray gun treatment or my arm would fall off painting it.

Drawer before wallpaper treatment

This is great wallpaper, it has a raised embossed paintable surface, so you get the tin ceiling look. Basically I cut each piece to fit first then followed the directions on the package. This is pre-pasted paper, so all I had to do was soak it for a few moments, fold the paper so paste is facing paste. Let sit for about 3 minutes so the paste gets fully sticky. Then you just lay the paper where you want it, and smooth out to get all air bubbles out. You have to be careful with this paper if you press or scrape to hard you can damage the paper. You may have a little seepage of the paste coming out the edges, but all you have to do is wipe it off while still wet.

After wallpaper, but it still needs to be painted and antiqued. You need to make sure your paper is all the way dried through before painting, I gave mine a whole day before painting.

 It is hard to see the wallpaper on the inside, but it will look nice when done.

It's Finally Done!
It took me awhile to figure out how to do an aging technique on the textured wallpaper that I liked, but once I did it felt so good to see the final product.
I used a glazing medium mixed with an antiquing glaze, brushed it on and dabbed it off with a cloth. I then added a darker white over the top with a dry paintbrush. My last layer was dabbing the Swiss coffee color on the top with a stenciling sponge. Feeling happy with the results!

This is definitely something I would love to do again on another piece but experiment with other colors.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cottage Chic Birdy Dresser

This is a solid maple dresser, but solid maple doesn't mean anything if it is not cute. This dresser was fairly drab, the key word it WAS!

It is almost done, but I need to put detail on the top and I am thinking some cute little birdies would top it all off.

Here is the final product, birdies and all!

Isn't she a cutie?
I will get better pictures of her outside soon.

Here are the outside pictures.