Do I or don't I? I don't know! I loved the idea of doing a graphic on the front of this little antique dresser. I think I will just take you through my journey of blood, sweat, and tears with her.
She started out like this....
Simple, clean lines with a little detail which happened to be a groove all the way around the edge of the drawers. This got me thinking.....I love French Typography and I thought this would be the perfect dresser to try it out on....
I asked a friend if I could borrow his projector because it just hooked up to my laptop and I thought it would be easier than trying to print off my graphic on a clear sheet and then trying to get an overhead projector. Well, 6 hours later I finally had the dang thing set up with the image the way I wanted it on the dresser.....except when I tried to trace the image my big, fat head was in the way the whole time! That was fun...and my paint pen kept going dry, so I switched to a sharpie (which I've read dozens of others have used successfully!), only to find out that when I went to distress the graphic the paint came off and left blue lines from the black sharpie....nice! And, the paint from the pen smeared and smudged all over and I had to spend the whole next day sanding off the gray...nice! By this time I was ready to throw it over the railing of my deck! I finished it, clear coated it, took pictures of it, and then stood back and looked at it and decided I hated it!!
Here she is with the french graphic...
Now, you may think this looks ok, but trust me when I say it did not! It just looked dirty, and "dirty" is not really what I was after. ;) I suppose the idea was great in theory, but if I am ever brave enough to try this again I will.....oh, who am I kidding? I will NEVER try this again. (Or maybe it's like childbirth and after a while you forget how painful the experience was and give it another go--who knows?!)
Well, I still wanted a graphic, so I chose something much simpler. I won't bore you with all the details (again!) but it did not go as I planned either and I realized I could have finished 5 normal dressers in the time it took me to do this one!
I'm still not sure how I feel about it, so I need your opinions (but, please remember I do have feelings!).
If the consensus is not good then I will just paint it white and call it good!
Here she is now:
I can't even talk about it at this point so I will just post the rest of the pics. :)
I really like this part. :)