Sometimes we start out with a piece that’s lacking character. This lil’ gal has all sorts of different sized drawers but her personality was buried under a lot of homely, dated drawer pulls. I had already removed them when I shot this picture, but the fade marks show you the basic style. They were those flat goofy ones, know what I mean?
We decided to funk-it-up a notch by bringing out her inner beauty.
I like to do this on drawer fronts that are already framed so I can simply inset the fabric. That’s what I did on the buffet below. Can you see how the bottom drawer is inset? That gives the fabric a nice finished edge. Looks like I added some trim around the top drawer to balance it out.
The drawer fronts on our dresser needed some pizzazz so we decided to add some fabric.
The inspiration for this piece actually started with this fabric.
Cath had just mixed up a custom color for a customer and in the trial and error of trying to get the right color, ended up with a whole bucket of it. I was eager to paint something with it and this plain dresser was the perfect choice.
Decoupaging ot of drying time involved to get the job done right. We don’t cut corners on cost because we want our pieces to withstand the test of time. Measuring and cutting can can be quite fussy.
When I decoupage drawer fronts, I apply a special fabric mod podge all over the back of the fabric and let dry over night. The next day, I start cutting.
Measuring is critical but I’m lousy at accuracy. My brain is usually thinking about six different projects all at once and by the time I go to mark the measurements I forget the number. Nothing is ever an even number, you know what I mean? So then I start counting the little dashes on the tape measure… (cuz that’s how I roll). If you’re the tiniest bit off, it shows, BIG TIME.
I just painted this piece and Cathy has been working on the fabric. She’s the one in the family who has the patience to fuss with tedious details and has a lot of experience quilting so it’s right up her alley.
That being said, she had a heck of a time with one of the fabrics we planned to use and after several failed attempts, that one fabric was ripped off and replaced with another one.
The fabric is adhered to the drawer fronts with more decoupage and when completely dry (we usually wait overnight), we sandwich it in with yet another coat of mod podge over the top. As another layer of protection, we also topcoat over that.
Help! What finishing touches should we add?
We still need to add some finishing touches to this piece. We’re not sure which drawer pulls we’re going to put on all the drawers. The four little drawers need to stay as is but we’ve got options for the six other ones. I’m thinking the floral drawers need something else. They seem frame-less to me.
Please comment below with your suggestions; we’ll post the finished piece in a couple weeks!
Here’s the finished piece!
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