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)
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.
We’ve got lots of damaged veneer (as per usual for me).
Even the mirror looked snaggle-tooth. whoa. Why they added those curtain hangers in the corners, I’ll never know.
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!
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?
On a another “I got it done!” note was that I finally made myself a reversible photography backdrop. Check.it.out.
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.
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!
The stenciled aqua wasn’t enough for me so I added a few metallic highlights for fun.
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:
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!
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