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Recycled Handkerchief Dresser

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Category Other
Style Romantic, Traditional
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What materials did you use? I found a 1930s-40s handkerchief dresser at a garage sale. It was painted John Deere green when I bought it.

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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.

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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.

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You know I love this...PS, I'm your BFF.

06/12/2012 Flag

Beautiful. Not only do you have a great philosophy and a sweet spirit, but an abundance of TALENT!

06/19/2012 Flag

Lovely and classy!

06/24/2012 Flag

so pretty . well done

02/23/2013 Flag

Kay, thanks for your kind words. Do you hand paint furniture also?

02/24/2013 Flag