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 She was decorating her daughter’s bedroom in a French theme and she wanted her old outdated dressers to match the theme.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 inspiration 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.
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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. Update: This paper is no longer available. I did find some french script paper from Zazzle .
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 furniture as a young girl and gave it to my friend. I started by sanding the pieces because they have that factory-finished paint, which is very slick and you need to prep your pieces before you begin. I like to prime the factory-painted pieces because, from my experience, the paint does not like to stick to this type of finish even with proper sanding. I also prime because if someone is paying me to do a job, I am going to do it right. After a light sanding and good cleaning, I applied 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 nightstand in Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in the color *Maison White.(*discontinued) I recommend using Simplicity Chalk Style Paint.
I lined up the dresser drawers and measured and cut the wrapping paper to have a continuous pattern. I applied my favorite adhesive, Wunda Size Water Based Gilding Adhesive to adhere the paper. Here is a full tutorial on how to decoupage furniture. After applying the paper and letting the adhesive dry, I began to shade the edges of the drawers.
Once I had the drawers the way I liked with the sanding and shadowing, I sealed the drawers with a light coat of High Performance in Flat. This will prevent your paper from peeling away when you remove the stencil. I placed the large stencil that I created with “Cameron,” my Silhouette Cameo
Here is a full tutorial on how to make a large continuous stencil for furniture or walls.
I painted on the stencil using a stencil brush and licorice chalk-style paint, 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 graphite furniture glaze around the edges of the dresser and nightstand.
I added new knobs that I purchased from Hobby Lobby(my favorite place to find knobs and pulls). Make sure to buy when they run their 50% off decorative hardware. They run this sale every other week.
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, and these turned out great. I like to push myself to try a new techniques, and making a large stencil was my challenge on this project. It turned out perfectly and Sherri and her daughter were thrilled!
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