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July 16, 2015

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Makeover with Royal Design Studio

The project I'm sharing today is sponsored by Royal Design Studio. Several months ago my daughter found this Vintage Waterfall Dresser on Kijiji (Canadian Buy & Sell Site). You could tell this poor thing had been stored in a garage or a barn judging by the cobwebs. Never refusing to rescue a solid wood piece of vintage furniture I brought it home and stuck it in the shed.

You might want to grab a coffee before reading further because this post has loads of pictures!

Vintage Waterfall Dresser Before and After using Royal Design Studio products

This is what the dresser looked like before...

Vintage Waterfall Dresser before makeover

When I saw the Sew Fun Dress Form Bari J Stencil I knew this dresser would be coming out of hiding and fabric would be incorporated into my stencil plans.

Here are the products Royal Design Studio so kindly sent me:
  • Sew Fun Dress Form Bari J Stencil
  • Patina Green Stencil Creme
  • 1" Stencil Brush
  • Stencil Brush Scrubber

Goodies received from Royal Design Studio

The first thing I did was give the dresser a thorough scrub and vacuum. Wherever it once stood something decided this dresser would make a great lunch! Nothing a mouse sander (how fitting) and some filler couldn't handle to repair the gnawed bottom corners. Two of the drawers took Herculean strength to open so a little sanding in the tight spots got rid of that problem as well.

Now onto adding the pretty!  The first thing I did was paint the dresser and drawer fronts with chalk paint in the color Vintage Cupcake.  The top trim and recessed sides were painted in Simplicity White chalk paint.  I added dark wax over the pink to give it some depth and keep it looking like an old dresser.  I added Pearl White Wax over the Simplicity and it really does look like an iridescent pearl - so pretty!

Vintage Cupcake and Simplicity White chalk paint on a vintage dresser

Next up is the fun part, stenciling!  I started with each side of the dresser using Royal Design Studio's Patina Green Stencil Creme.  The color is absolutely gorgeous and has soft translucent effects that shimmer when the light casts on it.  As much as I love the color I wish I had ordered the Lime Shine creme color and you'll see why further down in this post.

Stencilng Patina Green Creme onto a Sew Fun Dress Form Bari J Stencil

If you've never stenciled before it really is quite easy.  Some people prefer to use repositionable spray adhesive to hold the stencil onto their piece but I prefer good old fashion painters tape.  The trick to not getting paint bleed is applying the creme only on the tips of the brush and removing the excess by dabbing onto a paper towel.  You want to have very little paint on the brush and apply it in circular motions.

If you're nervous about stenciling like I was in the beginning, I've included a link to the Royal Design Studios helpful Stenciling Tips Page.

Patina Green Stencil Creme

The creme provides an opaque coverage and so I applied two coats to get the coverage I wanted.  The creme glides well which allows for great blending techniques and it dries quickly.  Most stencil brushes have a short wooden handle and I appreciated the nice long handle on the 1" Stencil Brush. This will now be my Go To stencil brush!

You can see in the photo above that I didn't paint the dress part of the stencil and that's because I used fabric rather than paint (see picture below).

Side of a Vintage Dresser with a dress form stencil on each side

First I brushed a fabric stiffener onto the back side of the fabric to stop it from fraying and make it pliable like paper.

Brushing Stiffy Fabric Medium to prevent fraying before decoupaging onto a dresser front

Once dry (a matter of a few hours) I placed my stencil onto the fabric and with a pencil traced the dress and cut it out.  Next I applied Mod Podge onto the back and attached it to the dresser.  So easy!

Adding fabric over a Sew Fun Dress Form Bari J Stencil

On the front of the dresser I wanted to switch it up a bit by using a different fabric.  Unfortunately the stencil didn't line up on the drawer fronts perfectly so I had to adjust the stencil accordingly. See how the cage part of the dress form lines up between two drawers in the picture below...

Using a Sew Fun Dress Form Bari J Stencil on a vintage dresser front

To remedy that I applied two coats of creme on the upper half of the dress form.  Then I lowered and readjusted the stencil accordingly to elongate the dress.  When I reached the space in between each drawer I ran a piece of painter's tape on the drawer above and pushed the stencil into the space so it sat tightly.  I repeated this step for the next space.

Reconfiguring a dress form stencil to fit on a vintage dresser front

Unlike the stencils on the sides I couldn't simply trace the dress form onto my fabric.  I had to come up with a way to make a pattern for the new elongated dress.  I put the drawers back into the dresser and using tracing paper traced the dress (it took three sheets).

Making a pattern from Tracing Paper to use on a dress form stencil

Next I taped my pattern pieces together but before cutting it I held it up to the stencil on the dresser to make sure it all lined up properly. Measure twice cut once!

Taping together a DIY Dress Form Pattern for a piece of furniture

I placed the pattern onto my fabric and traced it out with a pencil.

Using a DIY pattern for cutting out a dress form for a dresser

This next part was a little tricky and it took more patience than skill.

I placed the first drawer into the dresser and using the same Mod Podge technique I attached the dress starting at the top. When I got to the bottom of the first drawer I carefully cut the fabric with a sharp pair of scissors along the bottom edge of the drawer.  

Then I pulled the drawer out a bit and lined up the fabric onto the dresser in the space between the drawers and applied Mod Podge to that section and cut the fabric carefully. I closed the drawer to make sure the stencil was lined up correctly.

Next I put the second drawer into the dresser and repeated this process until the entire dress was applied. I left the drawers out of the dresser once I knew the fabric all lined up correctly and let them thoroughly dry before placing them back in the dresser.

Close up picture of fabric decoupaged onto a vintage dresser

While they were drying I started working on the hardware.

Turning inexpensive hardware and a strand of rose beads into furniture hardware

I took eight inexpensive Richelieu knobs purchased at Home Depot, a string of silver rose beads from Michaels and E6000 glue and turned them into these pretty knobs...

DIY Silver Rose Knobs for a Vintage Waterfall Dresser

Those of you who follow my blog know that I like to jazz up the drawers on my pieces and this dresser was no exception.

Painting dresser drawers Luscious Lime and lining them with Parisian fabric

All the drawers were painted with chalk paint in Luscious Lime and protected with Tough Coat. Now you understand why I said earlier that I wished I had ordered the Lime Shine stencil creme rather than Patina Green?  I hummed and hawed for hours over all the fabulous stencil creme color options before narrowing down my choice. 

Paint dresser drawers Luscious Lime and lining them with pretty fabric

Using the same technique to apply the dresses I lined the drawers with the remaining fabric.

Two fabric lined stencil dress forms decoupaged onto a Vintage Waterfall Dresser

For fun I cut out a few pairs of shoes and added them to the mix.

Decoupaging fabric pairs of shoes onto a dresser front

Another picture of the two dress forms...

Adding fabric to a dress form stencil

It always feels so rewarding to take furniture that has good bones but destined for the landfill and give it a brand new life!

Vintage Waterfall Dresser After a Makeover

Staging the Vintage Waterfall Dresser Makeover for it's debut

I think this dresser would be so pretty in a little Girly Girl's room, wouldn't you agree?

Using fabric with a stencil

Don't do what I did and put your stencil brush in a plastic sandwich bag to use the following day. Had I not been so lazy and cleaned my brush immediately with the handy Stencil Brush Scrubber, mine wouldn't be stained green right now. The scrubber being in the shape of a heart is very fitting because I ♥ this tool!

Royal Design Studio Stencil Brush Scrubber

Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studios so kindly provided me with product in exchange for a review.  The product, the project, the craftiness, and the opinions in this post are 100% my own.  I only share items I think will have value for my readers!



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