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Vintage Dresser Top

It’s safe to say that I am THRILLED with my latest project, it has turned out exactly as I imagined it and it all went rather smoothly! Here we have a converted dresser top, shabby chic and vintage style of course! To show you all how it was made, I had better start at where it all began!

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Bought again from the thrift shop down my road…might I add that as a regular there now I am becoming very good pals with the old chap that owns it…this dresser top was a must have as I instantly saw the potential of what it could end up being!

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It was VERY drab, but it had already in fact been made in to a shelf unit as the previous owner had added a block of wood to the base, meaning the dresser bottom wasn’t needed! Perfect!

I started by unscrewing the broken and tatty light fixture and removing the grubby screws

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They were going straight in to the bin!

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The next stage, and once again I emphasize that it’s potentially one of the most important stages, is to wash the piece beforehand. Yes this was gross… The wood was NOT clean!

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After it was cleaned and wiped over, I allowed the wood to completely dry before beginning to paint it, in this time I made up a plan of colours to paint the wooden slats

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And now we we’re ready to paint… and yes I meant WE as I gained an intruder trying to butt her way in the whole time!

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I began by painting the areas that I wanted to keep white, this particular paint was called White Whisper and was from the Johnstones range. As it was a lighter shade, it needed 3 layers in total.

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First layer                                  Second layer                                     Third layer

Once the white paint was completely dry, I laid down the whole piece and begun to individually paint the slats of wood using my drawn plan as a guide. All of the paints used on this piece were made in to chalk paint, the pink shade I used was the mixture I made in my chalk paint powder video tutorial, which if you haven’t seen already you can watch it here!

The slats also needed a few coats in total for full coverage.

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By this point the dresser top was already looking completely transformed…

Onto the decoupage! I picked up these beautiful floral Deco Mache Papers from The Range and thought they matched the colour scheme perfectly

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Then the tricky part was to measure the slats I wanted to decoupage individually and PVA glue the Decoupage paper carefully on top.

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The next section I wanted to Decoupage was even more fiddly as I had to match up 4 different sections of the paper, overlapping slightly and joining them along the front top panel.

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After the Paper was fixed down, I smothered another generous layer of PVA glue on top for extra protection, then allowed it to fully dry. Whilst this was happening I eagerly attached my lovely new and shiny hooks that I purchased from Wilkinsons.

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It was now time to begin sanding and distressing, yet again I got a sanding blister… I really MUST start saving for an electric sander! I slowly worked my way around the whole piece, focusing carefully on corners and joining areas, and especially on the beveled sides.

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I also lightly sanded the colourful wooden panels just to keep the rustic look continuous throughout the whole piece.

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As a last minute decision I decided I also wanted to Decoupage the bottom shelf, to keep the floral pattern balanced with the top panel.

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And now, the finishing touches with my favourite wood wax and polish, adding good protection to the furniture and scenting the room nicely!

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Now all that was left to do, was to stand back and take it all in! I have once again surprised myself with what I can achieve!

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Happy Happy!

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