Eiffel Tower Dresser!

Today I am sharing the dresser makeover that I completed for my friend Sherri.  She was decorating her daughter’s bedroom in a French theme and she wanted her old outdated dressers to match the theme.  She gave me a picture of an isnpiration piece that she found and asked that I do something similar.  She gave me free rein to create what I thought would look great and that is when I decided an Eiffel Tower Dresser was the answer.  [this post contains affilaite links]

Eiffel Tower Dresser- Decoupage- Maison Blanche- Vintage Furniture Paint- Silhouette Cameo

Do you know how hard it is to find French paper?  I looked at a few local stores and found nothing, so that is when I spent an evening scouring the internet for the perfect paper.  I found this wrapping paper that was the perfect fit for my vision.  For those who want to know, I purchased this paper from Spoonflower.com.  

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So here is what I started with.  Yes, they were in need of some TLC.  This furniture belonged to a friend of Sherri’s who had this furntire as a young girl and was know passing it on.  I started by sanding the pieces.  They have that factory finished paint, which is very slick and you need to prep your pieces before you begin.  On pieces like this, I like to prime them.  I don’t prime many pieces, but from my experience the paint does not like to stick to this type of finish even with a proper sanding.  I also do this because if someone is paying me to do a job, I am going to do it right.  I use a gripper primer, I like to reccomend the Rust-Oleum 2004 Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Sealer, it is a water based primer.  Once all the prep was complete, I began painting the dresser and night stand in Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in the color Maison White.  

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I lined up the dresser drawers and measured and cut the wrapping paper.  The above picture shows you that the top 2 drawers is the wrapping paper off the roll and the bottom 2 drawers were slightly sanded to give that worn look.  I also began to add a shadow effect on the edges.  My favorite way to decoupage is using Wunda Size Water Based Gilding Adhesive to adhere the paper and varnish/sealer on top.  I will be doing a complete tutorial on that in the near future also.  

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Once I had the drawers the way I liked with the sanding and shadowing, I laid the stencil I created with “Cameron,” my Silhouette Cameo
I will be doing a tutorial on how to complete a large continous stencil for fiurniture or walls.   My advice is to place a coat of varnish/ sealer on the drawer fronts before placing on the vinyl stencil.  This will prevent your paper from peeling away when you remove the stencil.   I used the Matte Varnish from Maison Blanche Paint Company.  

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I painted on the stencil using a stencil brush and Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Wrought Iron, using 2 coats.  After the second coat, I removed the stencil.  

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I decided that the Eiffel Tower was not enough, so I added a “Paris” Script to the drawers.  I did slightly sand down the tower and script before giving the entire piece another coat of matte varnish.  I also added Licorice glaze around the edges of the dresser and night stand.  

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I added new knobs that I purchased form Hobby Lobby(my favorite place to find knobs and pulls).  

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Now I want to create a similar piece to sell at the shop.  

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I love having free reign to create a perfect piece to complete a space.  I like to push myself to try a new technique.  Creating a large stencil was my challenge on this project.  It turned out perfectly and Sherri and her daughter were thrilled!  

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  1. […] DeDe was given the task of transforming this dresser and nightstand for a French themed bedroom.  Her vision included elegant paper decoupaged onto the drawers and a large painted Eiffel Tower from a stencil that she made herself.  What was once plain jane is now a work of art!  Find the tutorial for this dresser makeover and see what she did with the nightstand on her blog Des…. […]

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