This is finally a beautiful piece! Of course it was beautiful back in its day, but now it finds a fresh new beginning.
A nice sized lingerie dresser, perfect for any bedroom. This one is designed for a young girls room, or a grown gal’s bedroom or oversized closet. You know, those glorious big closets? Yeah, those. I don’t have one. 🙄
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I originally wanted to leave the top two drawers natural or with a light colored stain, but the knot on the top drawer wasn’t making me happy. So, I opted for white. This color is Oyster in the Silk line, by Dixie Belle. Oyster is a very, very light gray to white. It looks white until you hold it next to a whiter white. It’s a perfect color if you don’t like the whitest whites. I love the built in primer and top coat with the Silk. It makes painting so simple. Because of the pine and bleed possible, as well as the knot, I opted for an additional coat of primer using the BOSS in white.
The plan was using the French transfer, “La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel”…Life is a flower of which love is the honey…something like that. Read on to see how that worked out. 😏
This needed some TLC, just a lot of dents and scratches. Nothing some spackle couldn’t fix, as you can see. I was going to take the skirt off, but that became more of an issue so I had to attach the two pieces I took off. No biggie.
So I took all the drawers and placed them together to easily match up the transfer pieces from top to bottom drawer. You can find many transfers here.
The application is easy. Take a look at the video below with all my steps. This makes matching up a lot easier as you go along.
Except…when something goes a bit different than you thought it would.
That OOPS gap, I didn’t think it looked very nice. As I kept looking at it, it bothered me more. Believe me, I wish I kept it that way, because it was natural for the way the drawers were set up. It wasn’t all that big of a deal. I say this becuase trying to figure out how to fix it and use other transfers was time consuming. So, don’t go too crazy if you do a project and think it’s all going bad, it probably isn’t. But, if you’re a perfectionist like me, you’ll make yourself crazy.
So, I repainted the top 3 drawers to get rid of the transfer. I started with sanding the transfer images smooth and barely able to see, then top coated that with BOSS in gray. After the new coat Oyster Silk coat, I began the bazillionth idea. More stripes!
I even put some decor stencil on the drawer sides. These small things just make you happy, seeing all the pretty every inch of your piece. 😊
The pearlescent glaze by Dixie Belle is such a nice sublte way to add a simple style and depth to your pieces. In the beginning, I thought it would be too light, but as it dried it showed up perfectly! It gave a bit of sophistication to this piece, just what I was going for.
TIP: Use smaller pieces to make sure your stripes are even, start to finish. Align them next to each other to make your measuring easier. Then remove the smaller pieces before painting your lines. Makes it easier to figure out, rather than finding out at the end your stripes will be uneven on each end. Continue to use a small piece is 3-4 places down the longer piece to put the next longer piece on evenly. Hope that makes sense. I will be making a video of how to do stripes easy, in the near future.
At first I did the stripes coming down from the top drawer and disappearing into the drawer where the flowers started. Nah, that didn’t look great to me at all. So I continued them down through the transfer into the bottom drawer. Much better.
See the stripes and how subtle they are? I love them.
You can see a little of ‘behind the scenes’ in the one photo below. It’s not all as glamorous as we show. 😏
Even with all the oops and uh-ohs, this turned out lovely. As I had hoped it would. Let me know what you think about this piece. Is this your style? Do you like it even if it isn’t? Tell me in the comment section below.
Do it with purpose!
“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares!” -Saul Bass