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 She was decorating her daughter’s bedroom in a French theme and she wanted her old outdated dressers to match the theme.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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I added new knobs that I purchased form Hobby Lobby(my favorite place to find knobs and pulls).
Now I want to create a similar piece to sell at the shop.
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!