Jacque and I stumbled upon this dresser while we were on a Craiglist run one Saturday earlier this year. We somehow managed to bundle this dresser, a set of stools, and a chair all from one household. This piece was in desperate need of an overhaul, and we were just the couple up for the challenge! It had just enough gouges and imperfections to meet our standards! And that honeycomb detail on the top was just too cool to pass up!
Shortly after getting the dresser home, we threw a coat of Zinsser Oil Based Primer onto the frame of the piece.
Looks pretty good doesn’t it? While I wish that was the case, what you can’t see in most of these pictures is the imperfections on the dresser top and the drawer fronts. (Head over HERE on using Bondo All Purpose Filler to correct any and all imperfections in your furniture projects!) Instead of being able to stain the drawers and top the dresser I opted for contrasting paint colors.
A few coats of paint later and we had achieved the look I had originally set out for…A classic, simple two tone paint job. But, once we were done, I couldn’t help but feel like this piece deserved more.
So I went back to the drawing board…Literally! I wanted to work on some kind of modern artwork that I could display on a piece of furniture, so I figured I’d give it a shot on this one! Using Adobe Illustrator and my Roland GX-24 vinyl cutter, I was able create a stencil out of vinyl. I used a similar stencil idea on my Word Art Dresser earlier this year and absolutely loved it, so I figured I’d role the dice on this one!
Here is the drawing I worked up on Illustrator. I got my inspiration from a woodland painting I saw in a shop a few weeks back.
And here’s what my woodland vinyl cut out looked like! By far the biggest vinyl appliqué that I’ve used on a piece of furniture to-date.
I applied transfer tape to the woodland vinyl cutout and positioned it on the dresser front. The FrogTape that is running
semi-horizontally is used to divide the stencil in half. The next step is to separate the transfer tape (and vinyl) from the backing. I prefer to let the transfer tape and vinyl hang down over the tape as I cut away the backing from the top section. This particular method not only holds the stencil in the proper position but allows better control while removing the backing paper. Starting right above the tape, I grabbed a squeegee and gently worked the transfer tape and vinyl upwards against the surface of the dresser. Once the top section was set, I removed the piece of tape and repeated the process on the bottom half.
In order to use the stencil, the last step is to remove the transfer tape. I started at the upper right hand corner and began separating the two, almost folding the transfer tape back on itself as I worked my way across the dresser. (Take your time with this, make sure your vinyl is releasing from your transfer tape and sticking firmly to your dresser.)
Carefully run your squeegee over your vinyl to make sure all of your edges are flat and sealed for paint.
I reused the FrogTape at the top and bottom of the stencil to keep from painting on any surface that I hadn’t intended to.
When painting, I use a quality paint brush and get small amounts of paint on the brush and stipple over the open areas around the stencil. This technique takes a little longer, but since you’re not dealing in gobs of paint, you don’t have to worry about runs.
Once the painting was finished, I began to carefully peel the stencil off the dresser, leaving me with my desired woodland look!
Although I liked the color combination of the light green, gray, and white, I just wasn’t satisfied with the overall look of the piece. So I called in the reinforcements! Anytime I’m stuck on where I should go with a project, I turn to my better half! Jacque has a knack for seeing the details that I seem to miss. As great as the stenciled image looked, some of the dressers’ details were now lost. The honeycomb detail and the claw feet had lost their pop! So we came up with a few color options and Jacque sold me on one of them.
Much to my surprise she suggested I change the entire look of the outside of the dresser. (I am pretty sure she consulted with Rachel over at Thrifty Inspirations again, two minds are better than one right?) With paint of course! Thank goodness for our HVLP Sprayer, it made re-painting quick and painless!
With the body of the dresser now painted white, I painted the top of the dresser the same grey as the woodland theme on the front.
We finished off the dresser by adding some new hardware and moving inside. The new color combination was just what this woodland dresser needed!
I love the intricate detail on the dresser front!
These claw feet are absolutely gorgeous!
This piece has made quite a transformation and I am really pleased with the outcome of our woodland themed dresser. I think it would work great in a living room, bedroom, or even in a nursery.
Have you ever taken any risks with projects that paid off?
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