I think this might be one of my favorite furniture makeovers of all time. It’s so special it’s going to take just the right buyer to find a perfect home for it, but whomever decides to take it home HAS to become my friend because I know they will be a kindred spirit.
I am using one of my favorite mediums, decoupage, on this piece of furniture. As you may know, I am a lover of Decoupage on furniture. It’s evident in the 20+ blog posts I have written about the topic.
Here is one of my most viral posts on Pinterest with in-depth instructions on applying paper to furniture.
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I purchased this dresser from my neighbor who attends storage auctions and sells the contents.
The piece was really plain. Not a fun curve, groove, or special carvings to be found.
It was up to me to make it special.
When I started on this piece of furniture I didn’t have any real game plan in mind. Usually I know exactly what I want to do to makeover a piece before I even start. This time, I just flittered around, from one step to the next, seeing how the piece unfolded.
I painted the first coat in Privilege by Heirloom Traditions Paint.
Then I painted on a coat of the perfect navy paint color, Naval. After that was dry I applied my wrapping paper to the drawer fronts using 1Gel. 1Gel is a 3-in-one product. It can be used as a decoupage medium, can transfer images onto furniture & fabric, and also acts as a top coat.
Since I didn’t have a plan in mind for the piece I ran into a little snag when I started decoupaging the paper onto the drawer fronts.
There wasn’t enough paper to cover the top 4 smaller drawers.
I purchased this paper on a recent trip to Baltimore and I could not find a retailer near me that carries this specialty paper line.
UPDATE: This paper is from Moglea, you can order it online but I didn’t have the patience for all that. I’m glad I had this happy accident since it gave me an excuse to use these fab agate drawer pulls.
I finally decided not to put paper on the top drawers but give them a bold accent with these blue agate knobs. The knobs were a little pricey but since I only needed 4 of them I went ahead and splurged.
Plus, I have secretly coveted these knobs for almost a year.
I finished off the rest of the drawers with inexpensive gold knobs from Hobby Lobby. I kept it simple on the papered drawer fronts so the whole piece wouldn’t be too busy.
I sealed the piece with Aqua Clear Top Coat in Satin for extra protection.
I distressed the smaller top drawers to add interest but decided not to distress the paper drawers because I was worried it would tear and leave a bunch of white paper showing through.
I grabbed a bunch of accessories to shoot these pictures from my backyard makeover. The green chippy with rosemary was also a garage sale find.
I think I succeeded in added interesting elements to an otherwise boring dresser!
What do you think?
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