"Plain Jane" gets a face lift

March 13th, 2013 in member junk     
NDJunkGirl Andrea Miller, contributor
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Someone had sorta tried to strip this dresser, but there was still a little paint here and there (see front leg) and 2nd drawer.  I loved that, so added a fleur de lis to add to the charm.
This plain Jane dresser was perfect for one big embellishment!  I printed out a fleur de lis from the internet, and hand drew it on the drawer fronts.  I used a pencil, and could erase as needed.
I gave the fleur de lis two coats of paint and let it dry for a few days.  Then I sanded to conceal my edges that werent perfect.  I wanted the piece to look 100 years old!
Before and after sanding photos of the drawers
So to make it look more aged, I covered the entire piece with a walnut stain.  You cant tell what was old and new paint.  It all pulled together perfectly.
The handles are new, but painted, stained and distressed to look old.  I did them the same color as the paint and stain cause I wanted them to blend in to the background -  I wanted the design to stand out.
Someone had sorta tried to strip this dresser, but there was still a little paint here and there (see front leg) and 2nd drawer.  I loved that, so added a fleur de lis to add to the charm.

Someone had sorta tried to strip this dresser, but there was still a little paint here and there (see front leg) and 2nd drawer.  I loved that, so added a fleur de lis to add to the charm.

Photo: Andrea J. Miller

I've never hand painted anything in my life, but this fleur de lis turned out pretty sweet


Pattern or design used: My Own Design - Andrea J. Miller
posted in: member junk, vintage, wood, furniture, funky, whimsical, family room, porch, bedroom, table, brown, cream, beige

Comments (12)

PlentyPlace writes: What a great finished product. I really like how the stain softened the look. Posted: 1:37 pm on January 22nd
BillyJo writes: SO DIFFERENT. LOVE IT,
BILLYJO Posted: 2:40 pm on April 19th
LloydsLandingofSears writes: A fleur de lis is never out of style...love that you went with the worn paint look rather than redoing the whol piece too. Good idea! ~Mary~ Posted: 10:39 am on March 29th
TinTinJunkFan writes: This really is charming! Wonderful transformation! Posted: 5:58 am on March 29th
GatheredOverTime writes: Perfect!
Posted: 9:16 am on March 18th
dragonflytreasures writes: Beautiful. Amazing job on the fleur de lis.!
*hugs*deb Posted: 8:19 am on March 18th
suewhitney writes: Perfect imperfection...just the way I like it. Awesome job, Andrea!!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:18 am on March 18th
Junkpony writes: This looks beautiful, Andrea... I like the simplicity of the design, too. Great job painting/aging it. Posted: 8:16 am on March 18th
JunkArchitect writes: This really turned out beautiful, Andrea. I love the simplicity of the graphics. Many times people think a piece should be COVERED with unnecessary embellishments...this is perfect!

Jim

Posted: 4:43 am on March 16th
georgiamoon writes: Oh sweet it is!! This turned out so beautifully and the aging did the trick. Very very nice,
Georgia
Posted: 7:08 am on March 14th
KentuckyGirl writes: Very good idea on the pulls. When I read the comment about them, I couldn't remember what they looked like and had to look at the finished piece to see them. I had no trouble remembering the design, though! Posted: 1:22 am on March 14th
gadgetsponge writes: Fantastic job Andrea! Your attention to detail makes this a winner. From a distance the paint even looks like unstained wood. Bonus! Very well thought out and if this is your first hand painted project, we are all in for some great pieces in the future. Posted: 4:02 pm on March 13th
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