Type of item: Functional
Style: Romantic, Traditional
I found a 1930s-40s handkerchief dresser at a garage sale. It was painted John Deere green when I bought it.
What was your inspiration?
I live in an old Victorian house, and the challenge is about finding storage space.
This 1930s-40s handkerchief dresser holds all my undies in the bathroom. It was a fast and fun project to recycle, and re-style for much needed storage.
How did I decide what color to paint the dresser? That's easy . . . I found black and gold knobs on sale. They were broken where the stem meets the knob. I re-gued them one afternoon. No problem. I mean really no problem when you get knobs like this for 70% off.
What are you most proud of?
After two coats of black satin enamel, I grabbed a feather leaf stencil, a bottle of old gold acrylic and a synthetic artist brush.
I used the stencil to pencil in the flurrishes to make the drawing go really fast (less than 20 minutes for all the drawers).
I thinned the old gold acrylic paint, and kept my brush slightly wet to feather in the design. I added dot accents to step up the design a bit more.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
I'm actually a portrait and still life artist . . . but when I do craft projects like this I like to get at it, and get it done fast . . . that's why I used a stencil to mark the drawing.
And I might add, if you use a stencil , it is easy to executive the drawing nearly perfectly straight, and repeat it on all the drawers with immediate success!
I just followed the marked lines and painted the old gold quite rapidly. Happy with the results, for sure.