Monthly Archives: August 2015

Chandelier Dresser

Chandelier Dresser

I have had this dresser since I was a little kid.  I actually remember things being on top of it that I could not reach.  Before that it was in my Grandparents house.  So, it has been around for a while and it needed an update.

I was very interested in trying the chalk paint that I see in the craft stores and now Lowes carries their own brand.

Here is the dresser before I painted it.

dresser

It has simple lines, but I love the decorative touches at the top back, bottom and the feet.  The handles are also made out of wood to match the dresser.

This dresser is in the guest room of my house, which currently is being redone (by me).  I had a bed with a bonnet canopy, that I had all of my life, and before that it was my mom’s as a child.  Unfortunately, because I had boys, and my sister had girls, my grandmother felt the dresser should go to my sister so she can continue to pass it down.  I was sad to see it go, but a twin bed in my guest room doesn’t really make that much sense anyway.  Also, it gave me a chance to change up this room.  But, back to the dresser.

Because the dresser is so simple, I wanted to dress it up with a stencil. I chose to use the wall clings as my stencil, because they adhere to the dresser and I would be able to separate it to attach to the drawers.

chandalier stencil

The down side of this is I had to use a Exacto knife to cut out all of parts of the chandelier.

cut out stencil

I wanted the chandelier to be gray when it was finished, so I painted the part of the dresser that the stencil would be on gray first and let it dry.

gray paint

I used Chalk Paint that I purchased at Joann’s.  I would not use this brand again for a large project like this, maybe for a picture frame or something like that.  I found the paint difficult to work with because of the rapid dry time.

dresser paint

Once the paint was dry, I attached the stencil.

stencil on dresser

I used the Exacto knife to slice the stencil where the drawers open.

dresser with stencil 1

dresser with stencil 2

Be sure to really push the stencil on to the dresser so paint doesn’t seep behind it.

dresser drawers

Dresser without drawers

dresser top

To make this a more temporary design, you could paint the entire dresser and add the cling atop the paint and pull it off when you are tired of it.

After I had the dresser pulled apart, I started my coats of white paint.  I painted right over the stencil and pulled it off when I was done.  Because I basically painted it onto the dresser, it took a little work to get it all off.  I ran a very fine sandpaper over the entire face of the dresser so that there were not ridges in the paint where I pulled the stencil off.  Beacuse this paint is made to give a little more of an aged look, the sandpaper works great.

stenciled drawer

It is a little hard to see, but the drawer on the laft was sanded and the drawer on the right was not.  It gives it a softer appearance.

The last step with this paint is to apply the wax.  This was very easy to do.  I used an old tshirt to rub the wax on and another one to buff the wax the next morning.

Chandelier dresser

I bought antique glass knobs at a flea market for a dollar a piece, and my dresser is complete.

dresser

Chandelier Dresser

Until next time…happy creating.

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Category: Create

Front Door Update

black front door

Since we moved into our house seven years ago, the outside of our house has undergone a huge transformation, but I have continued to struggle with the front door.  First of all, when we moved in, it was a faded blue color and the handle was brass. And then there is the leaded glass window, it is not just not my style, especially with the brass leading.  I have looked into replacing the glass, but it is about the same as a new door…

My husband and I painted our house, by hand, and replaced the shutters.  We also added a front porch and changed a lot of the landscaping.  In addition, I have painted the door a rainbow of colors; blue, brown, a shade of purple which I regretted almost immediately, and lastly it was red.

This is what the house looked like before we moved in.

original house

Here is the house after we added the front porch and changed the shutters.  The front door is open in this picture, so I have no idea what color it was at this time.

house phase 2

Sitting on my front porch recently, I decided that part of my problem I have with the door is that no matter what color I painted it, I could barely see the color because of the size of the window and the exterior screen door.

So, I boldly decided to paint the screen door frame.  I was nervous about this and after I did the first coat, which looked terrible, I was REALLY nervous.

Thankfully, after two coats of paint and a new black screen door handle, I was thrilled with how it looked.

Here is what it looked like red. (There is no good time of day to get a clear picture of my front door.)

red front door

 And here it is painted black.

black front door

Our House

our house front door

Until next time, happy creating…

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Category: Decorate