Hello sweet friends and welcome back!! Today, I’ve got a sweet redo for y’all…a chest makeover using a transfer and decoupage paper! It’s also Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday, so be on the lookout for four more trashy makeovers from my favorite treasure-maker friends at the bottom!
Let’s get to it!
Here is today’s project piece:
I found this cutie pie chest at the thrift store for $9.98. I always look twice at items that also serve a function! I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I started with a good cleaning using White Lightning:
When I couldn’t find my sponge, I that found the applicator pads work great for this!
I followed up with a rinse in clean water and that is all the prep that was needed!
I was having a hard time seeing past the original design, and when that happens, I like to start with a fresh coat of white paint paint to give me a blank canvas. I gave it three coats of Cotton, inside and out:
I just stocked Dixie Belle’s newest decoupage papers in my shop this past weekend.
There are seven designs in all:
I already had plans to use this pretty floral transfer on this little chest, but when the new decoupage papers arrived earlier than expected, I couldn’t believe how well the Peony Pattern matched the transfer I had chosen!
I just had to incorporate it into this makeover as well!
Apply the transfer
I began with a piece of one of the transfers on the top:
I cut around the edge since the uncut version would not have filled the space.
Then, I went back and brushed just a touch of white paint to the entire border to blend it in a bit and soften the edges…
Apply the Decoupage Paper
I decided to use the decoupage paper on all four side panels. The new decoupage papers come in one larger sheet instead of three smaller pieces, measuring just over 23″x 33″.
I used my rotary cutter and cutting mat set to cut perfectly straight edges:
Perfect cuts every time!
Applying the paper can be done in three simple steps:
- Brush on Clear Coat (I used the satin finish) with a chip brush or apply with the blue sponge applicator:
- Carefully lay the decoupage paper on the surface, starting on one edge, and smoothing toward the opposite edge.
- Then smooth out any air bubbles/wrinkles. I ran a finishing pad across the surface gently to be sure the paper was adhered well all over. (This pad had been cut in two.)
- Lastly, apply another coat of Clear Coat over the top to seal and protect.
I repeated the same process on all four panels.
It needed something else
This is the part where I stood back and knew it was missing something. I would normally sand and distress and that would finish it off just right. However, I did not want the yellow underneath to show through. And although I could have used the cheat method of distressing, The finish on this piece was pretty rough. It was as if the base coat of paint had been applied very sloppily and a lot of those imperfections were showing once I painted it white.
I decided to pull out the black wax and play around.
Before black waxing, I applied clear wax, so the porous paint wouldn’t soak up the black wax like crazy.
Then I buffed it in with a clean soft cloth.
I followed up with black wax, applying with my French Tip Brush:
I removed the excess wax and buffed and blended with a clean soft cloth. Dixie Belle’s waxes are water based, so they have no harsh odors and wash up easily with soap and water.
The wax also acts like a sealer, so that was it!
Here is how this sweet chest looks now:
This is a good sized chest, and perfect for storing all sorts of things!
The first thing that came to mind was doll clothes!
We only have boys in our house, or I would have probably staged it that way.
Here is a better view of the transfer on the top…
You can also see how I used the black wax to sort of frame it…
This transfer came with three 11X17 sheets, so lots of smaller pieces can be cut and added to things, and I just love the sheet music backdrop.
This is how the inside started:
The velvet-ish lining came out really easily. I painted the inside so it would be a nice bright backdrop for my fabric.
Then I lined it the very same way I line all my boxes (See how HERE) …
I found this cute print at Walmart.
I love the surprise of a pretty fabric when you open the lid!
This decoupage print is so fun and user friendly, since it’s a dark pattern and can easily camouflage any imperfections!
I removed the hardware to apply the paper to make it easier.
I had fun mixing patterns with this one…I hope you enjoyed it too!
My friends have Trash-to-Treasure makeovers of their own to share today as well!
I am SO near the end of this Summer haul. I only have two frames left!!
All of these makeovers are linked below!
HOW TO PAINT NICOTINE STAINED FURNITURE (TRESTLE TABLE)
I will be back TOMORROW with the ladies of the Seasonal Simplicity Fall Series sharing my outdoor HALLOWEEN DECOR!!
Then I’ll be back again on Thursday with my indoor Halloween Decor! Woohoo!
UPDATE: My Halloween post is up and ready to spook you!! See it HERE now!
Hope to see y’all tomorrow!
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