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~Simple dresser facelift~

November 1, 2009

        I am slowly working on re-doing or improving my childrens' bedrooms without spending too much. I have been re-painting furniture they have and trying to source a few pieces on Craigslist. So far I bought a great desk for one daughter's room. I am going to re-paint it and add a touch of glam by replacing the utilitarian handle with a crystal one I spotted at the local hardware store. I have yet to take "before" pictures.
     What I did manage to do this week in between the rain showers was touch up the other daughter's (henceforth named D) dresser. I am slowly working on her room. Her dressser was black already but after taking a trip in the moving van all the way from the east coast to the west it took a beating. 


Here is the before

     I re-painted it with a softer black, Black Beauty (you guessed it - my favourite paint store -Benjamin Moore!) To jazz it up a bit and add a bit of teenage glam I created a damask stencil from some fabric I had laying around. I then used my exacto knife to cut it out. 



    I laid the stencil across the drawer fronts and using a roller and white craft paint, I rolled paint over the stencil. I didn't like the way it turned out, the edges weren't crisp. I guess card stock doesn't cut it for a stencil. I then hand painted it all in to give it more depth and a hand painted look. After I painted a coat of Poly to give the white paint a bit of sheen.
     I have yet to "finish" her room (are you ever finished when decorating a house?). I am trying to find her a desk and some hot pink paper lanterns to add to the white ones we have hanging. Not to mention - it is always a mess (busy teenager)!


Ta-da!

Oh - and the lampshade is a basic white Ikea lampshade that I simply hot glued a dollar store feather boa along the bottom edge!

Ooh-la-la!


I will be linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch


and
 DIY Day aA Soft Place to Land
and 
Thrift Decor Chick's

and
Today's Creative Blog

and
The Shabby Chic Cottage's

**edited December 19th: visiting Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
***edited April 30: visiting SNS @ Funky Junk

16 comments:

  1. Wow, that is an amazing transformation. My daughter would love that in her room but I haven't got an artistic bone in my body!
    Best wishes and happy blogging, NM.
    PS I am a new follower. Please come see my kitchen renovation-
    http://5minutesjustforme.blogspot.com/2009/11/metamorphosis-monday-window-treatments.html

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  2. Love that boa on the lamp shade!

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  3. What a neat idea, I love the flourish design!

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  4. A million-dollar makeover. Love it!!!! I'm coming back often for more inspiration. Going to click your "Follow" button. Please visit and do the same if you like what you see.

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  5. I just love the dresser you painted, so clever and created, wow you are just so talented, it looks so chic and I also love the boa lamp

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  6. Very pretty! I love what you did to the dresser. Great job!

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  7. That looks absolutely amazing! I've tried making my own stencil before, and I also ended up having to hand paint it. I'm not sure what the trick is. But your hard work definitely paid off!!

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  8. wow, love the stencil! that took dedication :)

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  9. Yes - the darn stencil took me over an hour to cut out. In the end I ended up hand painting it in. Lesson learned - with a complicated design you are better off drawing onto the object being painted and hand paint in with steady hand OR buy a ready made stencil!

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  10. wow! that looks completely different from the original! great job!

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  11. I love it! You did a great job with that stencil/hand painted damask design. I see she has my favorite colors going on in her room ~ love them!

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  12. Looks great! What a great way to use the stencil- covering all the drawers and not just one- awesome.

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  13. The stencil and fluffy lamp shade make this piece! It is very chic and fun for a teenager.

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  14. You simply cannot go wrong with black and white damask, in my humble opinion. ;) So cute! Great job!

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  15. That's a fabulous makeover. Black and white damask is so classic yet fun for a teen too. She's a lucky girl.

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