Sometimes it takes me a while to see the vision in a piece of furniture. This dresser had been sitting in my studio for a few months and I had been racking my brain, trying to find just the right technique to use on it.
The solution came to me while I was perusing the clearance wrack at Pier One.
Inspiration strikes anywhere, you just have to keep your creative mind open at all times.
This dresser came from a friend’s grandmother’s estate sale. I wasn’t able to pick it up myself, so I sent a fellow junking friend to clear out the leftovers from the sale.
The only think I asked in return for a hot junkin lead was to give me first dibs on any dressers.
And I was soon the proud owner of this dresser.
It had clean lines and was super heavy.
I knew there was potential in transforming it.
Fast forward 6-weeks and I still hadn’t come up with a plan I could get excited about.
After a post-Christmas deal-scoring shopping trip with my mom I stumbled upon these birch bark rolls of luxury gift wrap on clearance for $4.00 a roll at Pier1.
My dresser had a plan!
I can tell I am excited about something because I start to sweat.
And mildly obsess about when I could start on this dresser makeover.
I gathered my supplies and started to get to work.
I used 1Gel from Heirloom Traditions Paint, a decoupage and image transfer medium, all in one bottle.
I have tackled A BUTT TON of projects with this stuff and it never disappoints. You can see a 1Gel extravaganza of projects here.
I also used my trusty foam roller for flattening out paper (like in this video) , and a cheapie chip paint brush.
This paper was reeeeeeally textured.
Creating lovely lady lumps. All over the drawer.
Except not lovely.
Just wrinkled and lumpy.
Even though I used my foam roller to flatten the paper out after I applied the 1Gel it looked terrible.
TIP: USE GOOD LIGHTING WHEN DOING THIS PROJECT.
My first attempt was in a dark space in my studio.
I kept saying “Oh MY!!!! This textured paper is so forgiving! There is not a wrinkle to be found! I will never use any other type of paper again! Textured paper for all!!!!”
Then I took the decoupaged drawers in from of a window and I realized I had made a wrinkly mess.
Since the 1Gel was still wet, I just took my thump and smoothed out as many of the wrinkles as I could.
The REAL advantage for using thick and textured paper is that it does not tear easily.
Maybe I was reaching for a silver lining in the situation, but after some major thumb smoothing I averted the wrinkle crisis.
I hope this same wrinkle removing technique will work on my neck and crows feet.
Thank you baby Jesus, all of my smooshing worked like a charm.
I pained the body of the dresser in Thunderous to compliment the gray hues in the birch bark paper.
I didn’t line the paper up perfectly since it was such a busy pattern.
Natural elements rarely have symmetrical patterns and neither did this dresser.
The piece is sealed in Aqua Clear Top Coat in Satin. Plus the lucite and gold knobs take this piece to the next level.
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Have you worked with textured paper and decoupage? Tell us your wrinkle reducing tips ! PS: I ended up keeping this dresser for myself when I renovated my office + master bedroom for less than $1,000! Check out the full makeover here!