Decoupage Napkin Dresser

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It’s no secret I love to decoupage different mediums on to furniture.  My most popular blog post, for three years running, is this decoupage tutorial.  I guess I am not the only one who loves it!


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 I decided to try the same decoupage technique with paper napkins.  At our Lost & Foundry Warehouse sale everyone was asking me about this dresser and how I got this look.  If our customers were curious about this technique I knew  I HAD to share with you.

 

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This little four drawer dresser was nothing to get excited about.  It didn’t have any interesting lines, was pretty beat up, and had some water stains.  But after reading this blog post from Sweet Pickins  about how to use napkins to get a weathered wood floral finish with paper napkins I knew I needed this dresser in my life.  

 

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I would hop on over to Sweet Pickins blog for her full tutorial on how to get this look.  But you basically use 3-ply napkins, peel the back two layers off of the napkins, and using Mod Podge, stick them to the front of the dresser drawer. 

 

 

 

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I used these Meddela paper napkins from Ikea that I had been using on my coffee bar.  I had been staring at them for months, thinking how the little coral colored circles would be perfect with Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in Apron Strings.  

 

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I painted the entire body of the dresser in Apron Strings and sealed it with hemp oil.   

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This was my first time trying the napkin technique so it didn’t turn out perfectly but I am okay with that.  The imperfections make it look even more authentically old. 

 

 

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Since the dresser’s wood was pretty dry the milk paint didn’t chip and flake away like it normally does.  It did give beautiful crackle in spots.

 

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I sealed the drawers in Antiquing Wax after I distressed them with a sanding block.  

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These adorable aluminum canisters are from Lavender and Lemon Market.  They are a French set with embossed descriptions like Farine: Flour, Pates: Pasta, a Epices for spices.  PS:  If you need these in your life (ahem, you do!) then shoot her a FB message.  

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I purchased new knobs from Hob Lob to complete the look. 

 

 

 

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We stopped by Ikea on our way home from Great Wolf Lodge last weekend and I bought all the napkins.  Napkins for everyone!  

decoupageIf you try this technique I would love to see your projects!  Email me at alli@refunkmyjunk.com or send me a FB message!   Happy napkin hoarding! 

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Black and White and Vintage Brass

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brassI am completely addicted to brass.  I use it every chance I get when decorating my home but lately my personal collection has been maxed out.  

 

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Luckily I sell vintage stuff for a living – and that means I can just keep gobbling it all up.  Anytime I see it I buy it.  This past week has been exceptionally perfect picking for my brass obsession.  

 

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See what I mean?  Brass heaven. 

 

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A brass bathtub is the perfect business card holder. 

 

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Who doesn’t need 3 brass cats?

 

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And how could I pass up a brass bull door knocker?  Missing the knocker.  

I also love anything black and white.  I have been searching for black and white striped candles for my breakfast room but I hadn’t had any luck finding them.  

 

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This past weekend we went to Great Wolf Lodge and stopped by Ikea on our way home.  I bought some plain white candles and some washi tape from Hobby Lobby to make my own black and white striped candles to top off a new pair of brass candlesticks.  

 

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All you have to snip a few strips of the tape and ta-da!  Striped candlesticks!

 

 

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Such an easy project!  I think you could also use black electrical tape if you have it on hand and don’t want to trek to Hob Lob for washi tape.  

 

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European Painted Buffet in Heirloom Traditions Paint

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One of the most beautiful pieces of furniture sold at our Lost & Foundry warehouse sale this past weekend and I managed to snap a few photos of it before it walked out the door.  

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My friend Jaime from Lavender and Lemon bought this piece while she was living overseas in Europe for 4 years.  She purchased it from a Thrift Store in the Netherlands.  I don’t want to say what she paid for it because you might cry – but it was LESS THAN $200.00.  Jaime bought a ton of awesome pieces for furniture while her husband was stationed there.  You can get amazing steals on furniture over there because many Europeans are trending their homes into more modern designs – which leaves beauties like this to be donated.  Would you not fall over if you saw this in a US thrift store?

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Sometimes God plops an awesome friend in your lap and that is just what he did with Jaime.  Her husband bought her a workshop gift certificate for a Valentines Day gift.  We were texting back and forth about her color selection before the class and we realized we attended the same church and would both be going to an upcoming Women’s Weekend retreat together.  When we met at the workshop it was like seeing an old friend.  We found ourselves gabbing about all of her European finds from her family’s deployment.  She had dreamed of selling some of her pieces – but she is a super busy, homeschooling momma with 4 kiddos and wondered how she would even manage to make time something like that.  Soon I had her roped in to working at Junk Hippy with me and the rest is history! 

 

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She came into The Paint Bar to do a quick color consultation. We painted up some sample boards in Row House with White Lime Soft Wax and as soon as we saw the results her mind was made up.  It looked gorgeous!

 

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The piece had the most amazing detail so I think it would have looked gorgeous in any finish – but she was spot on with this color choice.  Don’t you agree?

 

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This piece sold within the first two hours we opened but the customer didn’t pick it up until Saturday so we got to fawn over it all day on Friday.  In a furniture store this piece would have sold for over $3,000 but since we are not a store we get to sell pieces at amazing prices!  

 

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And when I say fawn I am also referring to the amazing detail on the door fronts.  

 

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I know some wood lovers are going to throw a fit about this piece being painted.  But my blog isn’t called refunkmyjunkintotheorginalwoodfinish.com m’kay.  Also, the piece was orange and the finish was not in perfect shape.  It would have NEVER sold unpainted.  Jaime’s vision gave this piece the Cinderella makeover it deserved.   

 

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Jaime also had tons of her European finds for sale this weekend.  Isn’t this mommy deer head vase precious?  

 

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What do you think about this transformation?  Could you have lived with the before?

 

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Jaime and I have been daydreaming about the day when our kids are a little older and we can plan a European shopping trip, fill up a crate with furniture and European furniture, and ship it back to the US for us to sell.  Sounds like a dream vacation to me.

Shop online for Heirloom Traditions Paint in Row House and White Lime Soft Wax here.  

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grand opening

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I SURVIVED!  Do you ever have a date on the calendar that you keep looking at and think to yourself – if I can just make it to that day it means I SURVIVED.  I made it through the grand opening of my studio this weekend and the kick off of our Lost & Foundry Warehouse Sale.  I didn’t just survive – I thrived.  It was an awesome weekend and I really wish I could do it all over again.

I loved seeing all of the familiar faces and meeting new friends that came to visit.  I had past workshop students bring me flowers (hi Dana!), long time customers give me hugs, and new friends came to see what we were all about.

I snapped a few pictures inside the sale in case you didn’t make it. grand opening 3   grand opening 2   This European buffet was my friend Jaime’s, from Lavender and Lemon.  It was simply stunning.  She painted it in Row House and finished it in White Lime Wax.  We joked that instead of calling my shop The Paint Bar we are going to change the name to The White Lime Wax Addicts Support Group. grand opening

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grand opening 6   Most of our furniture sold but these two pieces are left.  That chartreuse cabinet was used in a school as a cubby for children’s shoes.  Now it can be repurposed into a wine rack that can hold 126 bottle of wine.  Wowzer.  I want to be that person’s friend.

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Snow S’more food truck came by on Saturday and we all pigged out on s’mores.  I ate the Elvis:  chocolate, marshmallow, bacon, and peanut butter.  It changed my life and was the ending to a perfect weekend.  

 

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