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I Did It Again!

Yes, another dresser has been transformed by decoupage.  
I found this one on a garage sale site and it was not in the best of shape:
So, out came the sander and what did I find? Poplar, not the best wood. In case you missed it the last time...
Poplar is and inexpensive hardwood. The tell-tale green tint gives it away.  It is usually painted because poplar is notorious for being 'blotchy' when stained.

If you'd like to see the last poplar dresser I found, you can click HERE.
I began this project with new napkins.  That's right, the drawers are done with napkins.  I have a full tutorial HERE.
In the interest of full-disclosure, this dresser started out with pink paint but it fought me every inch of the way.  The final result was this chocolatey (that's a word, right?) brown with the pink showing through the distressing.  

I made sure to paint the edges of the drawers to give it a 'finished' look.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how she turned out.  I think I'll call her 'Rose'.
Rose is going up for sale this weekend.  She belongs in an old house in a bedroom with a brass bed, don't you think?

Thank you for stopping by.  It's always a pleasure to have visitors at the Cottage. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Debra...thanks for stopping by!
      Have a great week.

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  2. I never knew that about poplar wood. It might explain a difficult wooden dresser I had a while back that I just couldn't get to stain evenly so I gave up and painted it. I really like the chocolaty finish with the pink peaking out. Sort of like Neapolitan ice cream.

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    1. Neapolitan Ice Cream - great analogy, Audra! And, yes, poplar can be difficult to work with. I think that's why they put such dark finishes on it back in the day.
      Thank you for visiting the Cottage - come back again soon!

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  3. Wow, that turned out beautiful! Very creative!

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    1. Thank you, Pam. I'm really enjoying finishing drawers this way!
      I'm so glad you stopped by...

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  4. I love how it turned out. You're very skillful. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda, you are so sweet to say that!
      Have a great week.

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  5. I love it! I think it could go in a room with some French Provincial, as well as a brass bed, too! What a wonderful finish for a tired piece of furniture!

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    1. French Provincial is a wonderful idea, Kathy. So glad you like it - thanks for visiting the Cottage!

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  6. And I LOVE it, again! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm! Pinning!

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia, I really appreciate it!

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  7. Decoupage makes such an enormous improvement on old furniture that can't be restored back to anything really attractive doesn't it? It just lightens it up and feminizes it - and you're right, it needs to go with a brass bed!

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  8. I couldn't agree more, Leanne. It's such an easy, inexpensive way to transform a piece!
    I'm so glad you stopped by. Come back again soon, won't you?

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  9. You did a great job with the decoupage, I hope it sold well for you.
    Kathleen
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    1. Thank you Kathleen...no sale yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed!

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  10. That's a great transformation. I've never tried to decoupage furniture, but I can see how it could hide a lot of flaws. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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    1. Decoupage is becoming one of my favorites and I plan to try it on a few other things too!
      Thank you for stopping by...

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  11. This is so lovely Ann. Once you get the hang of decoupage it can become addictive.

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    1. Thank you, Mary...and SO true. I keep looking for new pieces to decoupage!

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