Monday, January 16, 2012

French Label Dresser

Hi! Hello! And Happy New Year to All! I hope everyone had a wonderful festive season, and that all the new years resolutions are still in tact..

I'm just going to skip right ahead and show you my latest project...

I found this beauty at my local it just me, or is she beautiful ?
If I wasn't such a paint freak, I probably would have liked her just as she was....or maybe not...
Anyway, there is a stamp on that says Italian Marquee by Kent Coffey.
So, in the wake of all the nice French lettering and labels, etc I have been seeing on blogs lately, I just had to go visit The Graphics Fairy to find a nice french label or something to put on this dame.

This is what I came up with.

This is my third piece I have done with homemade chalk paint, and I LOVE it! 
I use 1/3 plaster of paris and 2/3 paint...and it works wonderfully! No sanding or priming...really!
The finish is a little course, and if you want a smooth finish, you would probably have to sand with fine sandpaper between coats as well as after, but I liked the look, since it was supposed to look worn and a little chipped.
So, after two coats of homemade chalk paint, I had to wait for night time, so I could use my new handy dandy little Tracer art projector.
I printed a small, (5"x5") copy of the label on Graphic Fairie's blog, put it under the projector, and started tracing the lines with a sharpie. I went over it afterwards with a paint pen, but apparently you don't even have to do that...the sharpie will stay put.

Once the ink dried, I applied a brown tinted glaze, and wiped off, to get the above effect.
Then a little sanding and distressing. 

I used the original hardware, because I liked it, and just sprayed with Oil Rubbed bronze.
 With the hardware on, I thought that painting the top black would look much nicer, and I think I was right! Don't you agree? As a finishing coat I applied two layers of Minwax Finishing Wax..just the clear. It gives the piece a nice, satin sheen.

I'm very happy with how this turned out, and can't wait to use my little Tracer again! What will it be next? 
The child bench, the bulky dresser, or the telephone table?  Hmmm.....Stay tuned! 


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  1. That's a ton of work to trace all of that with a sharpie and then fill it in, but what a great piece. Hugs, Marty

  2. Love this dresser! Found you from Keeping it Simple. I'm a new blogger and had to check this out!! Cute!!

  3. It's beautiful! Great job! I'm a new "mommy blogger" and would love your input if you have a minute to check it out.
    P.S. I found you on Met Monday on Between Naps on the Porch.

  4. Now that is a definite head turner. So unique. I'm happy you shared it on Motivated Monday at BeColorful

  5. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  6. Love this, Great job. I was looking for the picture you have on the banner of your site that has the hearts and red and leopard print. Where can I find it on your site?
    Carolyn @


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