This is how it was delivered:
Yes, I forgot to take that 'before' picture again, so I had to find an image online!
The top was stained with dark walnut stain, followed up with 3 coats of satin polycrylic.
I know you've heard me say I'm not a fan of polycrylic, but that's for tables that get heavy use. (If you want to read that sad story, click HERE). Since this is a dresser, polycrylic is a great choice.
Once the top was done, I painted the dresser in Silver Lining Chalk Paint. Before I started the drawers, I brushed some walnut stain on those edges so it would show through after distressing. You can see what I mean in the picture above. The drawers were painted with chalk paint as well, White and Silver Lining. At this point, it was looking pretty plain:
A stencil was needed, but there were 2 problems:
1 - I couldn't find one I liked.
2 - They were EXPENSIVE! Have you priced stencils lately??
Since I'm a problem-solver - HaHa!! I got out my Cricut and found a vine I liked. Hit 'cut to page' 2 times and this is what I got:
Starting with the bottom drawer, I did a lot of playing with the pieces before I got out the paint. Since the stencil was just cardstock, I used the stencil more as a guide and hand-painted the vine.
Here's a close-up of the stencil:
Once the stenciling was done, 3 coats of polycrylic were applied to each drawer. The knobs were spray-painted white and the dresser was reassembled!
Project complete! We can now get our clothes out of garbage bags!
I especially love that the stencil didn't cost me a dime. Have you ever cut your own stencil? I'd love to hear about your experiences
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