Monday, January 25, 2010

Before & After: Sweetest Stenciled Dresser

So you have long since known that I was redoing my little girl's room, right? Well I'm not done yet. I have just a teeny tiny itty bitty ways to go! And when I say that I mean it. Anywho, I bought this dresser for $20 off of CYS. I didn't know why it was so cheap...at the time.

So I sanded it up and did what I usually do. Leave her in the basement to be forgotten. But now that I am finishing my girl's room I needed to buckle down and get it finished. (Only b/c I'm finishing my room also and need the chest from the girls room :o)

After a coat (should've done 2) of primer I let it sit over night in my kitchen. I hate having to paint in my kitchen b/c it's so darn cold and wet outside. But hey either way as long as it gets done I guess I'm okay with it.

Here it is after a few, yes I said few, coats of paint. I picked up some oops paint for $4 at Walmart. It is a rich cream color. I have learned you get what you pay for. Cheap paint=lots of coats. I didn't sand it either. I already knew this piece is not heirloom quality & plus I just wanted to get it done!
I pulled out my trusty stencil bought @ Hobby Lobby for less than $3 after using a coupon. The other came from Michael's. Stencil's can be used for so many things. What's even better is they sell the sheets for you to cut your own stencils. I'm not artistically inclined so I'm sticking to the pre-cut for now.
Before I started my stenciling I started by measuring the space I was stenciling and getting my layout in order. I definitely think this is necessary if you want some kind of symmetry.
Next I got out an old plastic plate, raggedy paint brush, and my .88c craft paint. Craft stores sell stenciling paint which is rich in pigment. I would suggest that if you are stenciling your walls or fabric. Otherwise cheap craft paint works great.
I always start by tapping some of the paint off of my brush. I guess what I was doing was basically dry brushing the stencil image onto the dresser.
This is what my plate looks like whenever I get done dry brushing.
I like to start on the outside of the stencil then fill in the inside. That way the edge has a darker lining and the filling is lighter. I also held my image down by hand but you can use painter's tape or a spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place.

Here it is finished. I added some bordering to it. I kind of wanted to paint the bottom too. Just to anchor it.

Here is why it is $20. Not a problem to me though. My little girl still loves this dresser as is. Yes, I know you see my border painted all hellaciously!

Another view? Why not!

How about a penthouse view from the top?

I combined 2 stencils. This is my accent stencil. A damask print. I'm a damask addict! Who isn't? Please don't tell me your sick of damask yet.


Here is a before and after:



I have already put on one coat of satin wipe-on poly. The only that keeps me from taking her upstairs is the second coat of poly and knobs. Does anyone have any suggestions for some sweet knobs?????? Knobs are the lastest bane of my existence.
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I was invited to join an awesome link up party. It's a Paint Party! How awesome right?! How much painting have we all done. Tons, I know! Check it out at Domestically Speaking & link-up too :o)

25 comments:

Adrianna said...
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Tamstyles said...

$20 is a steal wow! I actually saw some paint for $4 at Walmart. I am glad I passed it up...I have never done stenciling..you did pretty good.

Treasia Stepp said...

It looks gorgeous. I done this same type thing to two dressers and beds a few years ago. The stencil still looks great and still love them. Good job.

Anonymous said...

Love it! You did a great job.

Thank you for sharing. I don't have a blog but spend way too much time reading others.

Patti H.
Livonia, Michigan

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

Very creative. I'm sure your daughter will love it!

Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow said...

Very cute...you daughter will be the envy of her girlfriends ;-)

Denise Marie said...

great redo. I'm trying to decide if I need to paint or restain an antique dresser in my youngest sons room.

Carli said...

Wow, that's beautiful! I'm planning on refinishing some pieces for my daughters room, and stenciling might be added to my list! Thanks for sharing!

thelennoxx said...

So cute! Your girl must be really happy with this.. great job!

Dayka said...

Your stencil came out great!

Symone's Mommy said...

Girl, you are showing OUT! I LOVE this. I might have to do this on Symone's dresser. I have been struggling with deciding what to do on it. BTW, you profile pic is hot! :)

Melissa said...

That turned out really cute!!

Brooke said...

A Job WELL done! The stenciling rocks! 4sho....
cant wait to see the finished look.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Precious! Such character!
Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday!

Leigh

Tales from Bloggertiaville

www.lbratina.blogspot.com

Christina said...

Very Cute! I am so obsessed with damask right now too!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, it's beautiful! I love love love the stencils. I think crystal knobs would be really cute. Thanks for linking up!

Mimi said...

I bet your little girl had a big smile on her face when she saw her new dresser...it is darling.

Sarah @ Hennessey House said...

whoa, how unique! i think it turned out awesome. i haven't seen anyone do anything like this!

Amy said...

Love damask! Never gets old. I have found cute pink knobs at Lowe's for 47cents a piece. These are the cheapest knobs they carry, but I have done many projects and have used them. They work, they hold up, they haven't cracked, and they finish off a girly project nicely. Great job!

Red said...

Glass knobs would look pretty! I don't mind spending a bit for knobs, if i get tired of a piece and get rid of it I take off my expensive knobs and replace with cheaper ones. Then I find something else to use my pretty knobs on. :)

If you have a restoration hardware outlet near you they usually have great knobs for decent prices (1 or 2 dollars), those are about the only things the outlet had deals on though!

Anonymous said...

so cute, and love the pink colour!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Very cute. You totally transformed the look of that dresser and it's now perfect for a little girl. The top design looks great! Nice work.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

I always love a damask print... looks great. I've got a Power of Paint Party on Wednesdays.. I'd love for you to share your dresser.

Heidi said...

Hi! I saw your dresser on the power of paint. I was looking at your pics and FELL IN LOVE with the chairs in the backgroud...particularly the one with the crown pillow. DId you make these?

Heidi

Adrianna said...

Hi Heidi! You can buy these pillows uber cheap @ http://www.etsy.com/shop/saseaboutique for $15 ea., and she has some new designs! She also has a blog
http://saseaboutique.blogspot.com/. Hope this helps :o)