I saw these cute drawers (at A Lapin Life) and couldn't get them out of my head! Aren't they awesome?! :)
I also had this cute little vanity that was dying for a makeover and guess what? The drawers were just the right size! I was so excited!
I literally spent two days thinking of how I was going to get my drawers to look like I pictured them. I came across a tutorial on how to use wax paper to transfer images. So, I found an image of French Script that I liked and copied it onto my piece of wax paper with my ink jet printer. I just made sure there were no wrinkles in the paper, cut it to the right size, and ran it through the printer. Worked like a charm. Then I quickly (because you want the ink to remain wet) laid the paper, ink side down (obviously) on top of my drawer. This is the only tricky part. Once the paper touches the surface you are transferring it to you CANNOT move it or the ink will smear all over (thankfully I did not learn this for myself!). Then I simply held the wax paper in place and rubbed over it with a credit card. When I was done (you can see the ink transferring) I lifted the paper straight up (again, do not slide it!), and
It was easy peasy! :) And, I absolutely LOVE the results!
Here's a close-up of the drawer. Before I transferred the image I painted and sanded with 220. After I transferred the image I sealed with a coat of poly because I wanted to stain it and I didn't want the stain to smear the ink. When the poly was dry I stained over it with Early American from Minwax. When the stain was dry I gave it another coat of poly. Oh my gosh--I can't even tell you how happy they make me!
I wanted a little softer look to go with the drawers so I left the top wood. It's so pretty. There are a few imperfections, but I think that's what I love about doing older pieces. :)
Love a black, distressed Queen Anne leg!!
Doing my internal happy dance, so I don't freak my kids out!!
Couldn't decide if I wanted to line the inside which is why the fabric isn't attached, thus the wrinkle in the back corner! Did anyone notice that but me??!