Monday, October 29, 2012

Queen Anne Vanity with French Script Drawers


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!  


Before


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

VOILA!

  It was easy peasy! :) And, I absolutely LOVE the results!  


After




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??!








SOLD



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39 comments:

  1. Nicely done!
    Check out www.cherryblossomsandchickens.com to see my latest creation :)

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    1. Thank you and I love the top on the desk! What a steal, too! :)

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  2. Totally in love with the vanity. I have one sitting in my garage waiting for a remake for my granddaughter. Hubby keeps complaining that it is in the way. Thanks for the inspiration, I may tackle it tomorrow. Love the drawers and the fabric. I love, love, love anything black and white. I'm your newest follower. Come check out my blog when you have a minute at http://sister-number-5.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Geri. I will stop by. :) Good luck with the vanity!!

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  3. Ooh la la! J'adore!!! That is perfectly lovely!

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  4. BEAUTIFUL! another fabulous project over here! i love the knobs against the script.

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  5. This piece turned out beautifully. I love how you tied in the interiors with the bench and the French script was the perfect touch. Visiting via POWW.
    p

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  6. What a truely inspirational piece! tre' chic!!!

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  7. This is so pretty what a beautiful job. I love how youve matched the pattern inside the drawer to the stool as well. And the little handles. Just so beautiful Im so impressed :)

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  8. Absoultely delightful!! The desk's lines were already charming, but with the impressive color change and the patterns, which mix nicely, its super classy. Nice work!

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  9. I just love French Vintage...It's what I am redoing my office in. Now you have me looking at my desk. LOL

    Have a "Crazy Beautiful" day!

    http://www.mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com

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  10. What a beautiful piece. I go crazy over anything with script or transfers and this is totally awesome. I found you through Embracing Change and am a new follower....

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  11. Beautiful job. Love the whole project.

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  12. Ho hum before...FABULOUS after!
    It's beautiful and I really love how you did the drawers!
    You should be so proud. :)
    Kelly

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  13. I am in love with your project! It is beautiful. Love the colors, fabric, script, everything! Very classy. I am visiting from Time Travel Thursday and am your newest follower. Would love to have you visit me at Still Woods Farmhouse!

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    1. Thank you so much--will be sure to stop by! :)

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  14. This is absolutely stunning!!! Love it!!!

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  15. What a fabulous job you did with this vanity- it's stunning and the French script drawers are fab! Wanted you to know I featured this on my Saturday favorites- have a great weekend- Claire

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  16. Looks great. Thanks for mentioning the part about using the poly before the stain. It always stumped me about how not to prevent the design from bleeding. Thanks

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  17. This is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Lori! I just mentioned your fabulous chest of drawers on my FB page! LOVE it!!

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  18. This is so totally gorgeous! I haven't tried the wax paper method,,,,didn't know how! Thx for the details. I bet this sold in a heartbeat! So going to have to copy this !!! ;)

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    1. Thanks Beth-- Would love to see if you decide to do it on something!

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  19. Wow this is beautiful! Great tip too. Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  20. Absolutely stunning! You did a fabulous job, Lisa! That cute little desk would fit so perfectly in my home...New follower to your sweet blog! Hope you will pop over for a visit! Angie @ Swede Dreams

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    1. Thank you Angie! Love your blog--new follower of yours as well! :)

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  21. What a gorgeous piece. Love the word SOLD under it :o)
    Great job!
    Thanks for sharing this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  22. A marvelous makeover, Lisa! I love the French script on the drawers and the cute floral knobs.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope you'll join the fun each week. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured.

    Blessings,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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    1. Thank you Liz, and thank you so much for the feature!

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  23. Amazing results, absolutely perfect! What a transformation that was..

    Congratulations for being honored at Time Travel Thursday!

    Jan @ The Pink Geranium

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  24. This is such a gorgeous vanity--I love the black and white on the wood, and the fabric you chose for the seat and to line the drawers. Really love those rose knobs!

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  25. Wow! I have a similar piece that I just got off of Craigslist. I've been contemplating using milk paint...now I may have to make my drawers a cute as yours! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. The black paint looks terrific! What kind of paint is it? Beautiful job!

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    1. Thank you. :) It's All Surface Enamel in stock black from Sherwin Williams.

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  27. just saw your awesome script drawers- question if you have to put the ink side down wouldn't it be backward? help I really want to try this!!

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