Stenciled Dresser ~ Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

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Earlier this week, I not only showed you my new tool that I love and am hosting a giveaway for, but also a new candidate for a makeover. We’ll get to the giveaway winner in a bit. First, let me introduce you to this empire dresser that I have been eagerly waiting to work on. It has great lines and a story to tell, but is in need of TLC. This curvy lady is to become a stenciled dresser. *enter in Cindy Lauper, “Girls, just wanna have fu-un!” (now if that doesn’t date me I don’t know what does. ahem)

Vintage Empire Dresser Before Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Why am I am so excited? Well, (1) I have had this in my shop stash for months and it’s finally coming out (2) the empire style is one of my favorites – see here (3) the vision I had for this stenciled dresser came about as soon as I saw it. BAM. Do you get my vibe?

Let’s take a closer look. While all the pieces and parts are there, notice the damage.

Top of Empire Dresser Before Stenciled Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Damaged Dresser Top | Prodigal Pieces |

We’ve got lots of damaged veneer (as per usual for me).

Damaged Veneer on Empire Dresser | Prodigal Pieces |

Even the mirror looked snaggle-tooth. whoa. Why they added those curtain hangers in the corners, I’ll never know.

Empire Dresser Mirror Damage | Prodigal Pieces |

*post sponsored by Rustic Brands, giveaway sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links so you can find the products I love to use too! (see full disclosure)

While I normally would remove the damaged veneer as I have in these posts, this time I decided to just use wood glue to tame the loose pieces down and patch it up with wood filler. That only took a whole container of the stuff…geesh.

Once everything was sanded and prepped I got to work on the new look. Since the drawers were in great shape I decided to leave their woody glory shine, but wanted to add some pop. More on that in a bit.

For the cabinet, I went with the same Rocky Mountain gray by Country Chic Paint as I used on this recent chest makeover. For contrast, the mirror would be a fun color called Bliss by Country Chic Paint my son used on this chest.

Now, those colors have a great relationship, but why not take it up a notch and create a stenciled dresser? How this all came about it so fun. I knew I wanted to have aqua accents and Rustic Brands had this gorgeous pull that I would be perfect. You should see the wonderful selection they have of knobs, pulls, and home decor. I could spend all day shopping!

Aqua Knob by Rustic Brands | Prodigal Pieces |

Then, while waiting for my fabric to be cut for my DIY pet bed, I happened to see this stencil and my heartbeat quickened. Isn’t it the perfect match?

Waverly Stencil for Dresser Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

On a another “I got it done!” note was that I finally made myself a reversible photography backdrop.

Reversible Photography Backdrop made of Reclaimed Barn Siding by Prodigal Pieces |

You’re probably like, “Umm, what’s with the weird looking hole in your wall?” It’s all good. My husband and son yanked this stuff off a torn down barn a few years ago and I have been hoarding it for the appropriate time while making use of the scraps for my DIY wooden tote. This isn’t it’s permanent home because we have plans for this space, but until then I got my MC Hammer grove on and I am all, “You can’t touch this.”

One side is the rustic interior that you see, and the other is a white chippy heaven. Just take out two screws and turn and I’ve got another backdrop. This is bliss for a lady who is sick and tired of dismantling her home to take pictures. ahem. It still needs some styling, but it works for now.

So after a whole lotta detailing on my project piece, here is my stenciled dresser makeover.

Stenciled Empire Dresser with Rustic Brands Knobs by Prodigal Pieces |

It has zip, it has zest, and was so fun to do. And how about those knobs? They are da bomb, I tell ya. I hope you like it too!

Corner of Empire Stencil Dresser by Prodigal Pieces |

Side of Empire Dresser Stenciled with Funky Design by Prodigal Pieces |

The stenciled aqua wasn’t enough for me so I added a few metallic highlights for fun.

Corner View of Empire Dresser with Waverly Stencil by Prodigal Pieces |

This newest creation is now available in my shop. Come see what else is new! PLUS, get 20% off your first Rustic Brands order. Just click the image below:

20% Off Rustic Brands Knobs, Pulls, and Home Decor via Prodigal Pieces |

Ya know, everyone should have a little fun every once in a while, so be sure to pin and share to inspire others to let loose too!

Vintage Empire Chest gets Stenciled Makeover by Prodigal Pieces |

Better yet, sign up for my newsletter to get juicy details only shared via email. tee hee. ♥ Coming up next week I have another fantastic product to show you that may just make me rethink my “Tools over Jewels” motto and may include a giveaway! (wink, wink)

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More of my stenciled projects:

Curbside Vanity is Renewed with Fresh Look and French Script Stenci by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.comHow to Create and Inviting Outdoor Decor Space by Prodigal Pieces |


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  • Cecilia

    So pretty Larissa! Love the knobs! And a big congratulations to making the magazine list! That is so cool (and well deserved!). Yay for the back drop too!
    Glad you had a fun day with your kiddos. They do grow up fast! There are days I really miss when mine were small and under foot. (Not that we’re not enjoying the empty nest, just get that tug once and awhile). I hope you have a great rest of the week!

    August 25, 2016 at 8:30 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Cecilia! I had fun and am happy to have recognition for my work. We need more canoeing days for sure. 🙂

      August 25, 2016 at 10:02 am Reply
  • Ellen Braunberger

    That is so fun! ‘re: photo wall, how many boards up will the snow be this winter?!

    August 25, 2016 at 9:14 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Not funny, Ellen! 😛

      August 25, 2016 at 10:03 am Reply
  • kim

    Congrats on your Country Living shout out! I love following your blog and know others will too.
    The dresser is perfect for some lucky girls room.

    August 25, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for all the love, Kim1 {{hugs}}

      August 25, 2016 at 1:26 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Davis

    I have to say, this is one of my favorite pieces you’ve done. It definitely screams “FUN”! Also, I had the same thought as Ellen about the snow. Haha!

    August 25, 2016 at 10:47 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha…snow, snow, go away, come only for December. 😀 Thanks for lovin’ on my work, Kimberly, I am an artist and love to let loose every now and then.

      August 25, 2016 at 1:25 pm Reply
  • melinda

    Congrats on making the list!! You should be proud,you do great work!! A couple of other bloggers that I follow also made the cut…again congratulations. Children do grow up to fast,have a lot of days canoeing and making memories for a lifetime.

    August 25, 2016 at 11:02 am Reply
  • Karen

    Wow that is an amazing transformation. I absolutely love it!! It’s fun and beautiful too. You really do great work.

    August 25, 2016 at 1:55 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      That just made my day, Karen. Thank you!

      August 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    Whoa, that was an unexpected surprise. But now that I think about it, you are the Beep lady so it is no surprise at all. Needless to say, it is Da Bomb! Love your creativity Larissa. It would have been perfect for my daughter’s room. The one who loves all shades of blue. You go girl!!!

    August 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha…nuff said, right? You are my ever-present support, Mary. Thank you so much!!

      August 25, 2016 at 8:32 pm Reply
  • Helen Holley

    Precious! Another one of your pretty projects for me to pin!

    August 26, 2016 at 10:39 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    The dresser is fantastic and congrats on being recognized by Country Living.

    August 26, 2016 at 11:41 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Debra. What a treat, eh? 😉

      August 29, 2016 at 5:49 am Reply
  • Kaycee

    Larissa, what beautiful colors, nice work! Congratulations on Country Livings recognition too!

    August 28, 2016 at 7:40 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Kaycee. Seeing my vision come to fruition was fun and I only wish everyone could see it in person. 🙂

      August 28, 2016 at 3:10 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you for the encouragement and support, Kaycee. It means much! 🙂

      August 29, 2016 at 5:48 am Reply

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