The Paris Dresser That Didn't Want To Cooperate

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I'm REALLY happy that I finally get to share this dresser makeover with you!  

Last year I found this beat up waterfall dresser at ReStore.  I wasn't going to buy this one.  Waterfall dressers aren't one of my favorite styles.  When I went to leave the store, I knew I couldn't leave it there, I felt like it needed my help.  So, of course I went back in and bought the dresser.  I'm a sucker for an ugly duckling!

I'm sad to say I don't have any before pictures!  I lost them  when my last computer crashed and burned on me.   Take my word for it, this dresser was a mess.  It had peeling veneer, tons of deep scratches and it was pretty beat up.

I knew I wanted to take advantage of the dresser's flat front.  I don't come across a lot of dressers that have nice flat fronts.  I purchased a couple of Paris prints from the Paper Source to apply to the drawer fronts.

I started painting the whole piece in a blue-gray chalky finish paint.  I wanted to bring out the blue in the print.  When I was finished painting, I wasn't in love with the color.  I figured I'd go ahead and finish with the color, then see what I thought.   Sometimes it's best to reserve judgment until you're done.  

I decoupaged the print onto the drawer fronts and made a huge mess!!  I had to pull the it all off and start again.  

Then on my second try,  I got the order of my drawers mixed up. When I attached the print this time went on perfectly.  I put the drawers back in the dresser and quickly realized my mistake and messed up the order of the drawers.  They needed to go in their original order to fit.  I might have said a few choice words after realizing my mistake.  After this absentminded mistake, I decided it was time to give up on this one for awhile.  

I felt defeated and disappointed that I'd made such a dumb, rookie mistake!!  We moved the dresser  into the basement where it sat for months.  

Here's mistake #2, the mixed up drawers!

I ordered two more of the Paris prints from Paper Source.  When they arrived, I still wasn't ready to try again so they sat in the closet waiting patiently.   

This week I decided it was time to get that dresser done.  I started by painting the entire dresser with DecoArt Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint in Lace.  Lace is a beautiful off white.  

I painted three coats of Lace, then sealed the whole dresser in DecoArt's Soft Touch Varnish.   

Once that was done, I attempted to decoupage the Paris print on the drawer fronts.  Again, this dresser and the print were not getting along.  I had to pull the print off once more.  To say I was discouraged is an understatement!  

Luckily I had one more print, and yes this was the fourth one I had to use.  

Thankfully, this one went on just as planned!  I used DecoArt Paper Decou-Page™to attach the print to the drawer fronts, then sealed them with three coats of the Deco-Page™.  

My last step was to add new drawer knobs.  I had five different options I was trying to decide between.  I finally settled on black ceramic knobs.  I've had these knobs for four years and I've been waiting for just the right project to use them on.  

I'm beyond thrilled to say this dresser, that didn't want to cooperate, finally did decided to go with the flow!  

Here's the finished dresser.

There are times when it's best to walk away from a project and comeback to it later when you've had a break.  I didn't think this one would ever get done, but my patience paid off and I'm thrilled with the results!

Has this happened to you with a project?  I'd love to hear about yours!!

Take care, 

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