I loved working on this project. It's for the total girlie girl in all of us. I found this little jewelry armoire a couple of weeks ago at the flea market. Her legs were wobbly, which was an easy fix, and she really isn't a great quality piece, but I met the challenge of re-inventing her.
I've sold many of these over the years, and I always wanted to paint them, but I thought it would be too big a deal. Guess what? It was so easy. I'll never sell another one without adding my own decorative touch to it.
I found this image at Our Cottage Garden. They have fabulous digital images that you can download to your computer, and the average cost is $3. I love their images because they are easily re-sized. I emailed this beauty to my Fed Ex Office store and had them print this on a legal size page and it was only 50 cents. To do the transfer you need a laser copy. Now, some of the paper was worn away at the bottom, and on the bottom drawer, I didn't use a razor blade to cut between the drawers so a little of the paper tore, but the end result is a very vintage looking piece which is what I want my end result to look like. I would recommend, however, using a fresh razor blade if you are going to be cutting the wet image like this.
So I know I sound like a total broken record, but I did my reverse mod podge transfer on the front, and on the side I used my raised plaster technique using joint compound with the usual stencil of my choice. Yes, this is my newest Maison de Stencil. Isn't it gorgeous? I ordered it just to put on my furniture pieces. This was waxed to give it an aged appearance too.
The biggest reason I love these methods is not just because they turn out so beautiful every time, but because I am selling my pieces and I need to keep my costs down so I realize some profit from what I sell. I love my furniture appliques, but they are expensive when you start adding up the cost of putting them on little pieces like this, and then to add in my labor - well, it just isn't cost effective. I know a lot of you out there sell your work, so keep these two methods in mind. They are easy to do and the results are fabulous.
Here is the before photo of what I started with. Notice I didn't put the pulls back on the front of the drawers. I really didn't think it was necessary, as the sides open up and you can just grab the little drawers by the sides.
Thanks for stopping by. I'll be responding to comments very soon. I was so busy playing with this baby, I lost track of time.
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