Friday, February 15, 2013

I talked the mister into working on a Waterfall style dresser.  He has never seen the beauty in this style of furniture before and has always frowned at me when I wanted to buy it before.  But this time, for whatever reason he gave in.  Here is what we started with...

He did a little work to it in order to make it more sturdy, but otherwise it was in pretty good shape.  All the drawers worked great already so thankfully he didn't have to do much to them.

I wound up painting the sides, back & top black and the drawers fire engine red.  

I applied a pretty thin coat of paint on the drawers because I liked the look of the wood grain coming through.

Now, it was time to apply our graphic.  In the past I've used block posters & other methods to increase the size of my graphic but this time I used a projector and traced it on with a chalk pencil.

See what I mean about the wood grain coming through?  I think it gives a cool dimensional background.  Next, I started filling it all in with black paint.  If you like to color then you could transfer an image onto furniture.  It's addicting.

This is my favorite part & I did this on top of our living room coffee table while I watched the Super Bowl with my hubby.

Here it is with the graphic all filled in.

I think the entire process of adding the graphic took me about 3 hours.  

I waited a couple days then distressed, glazed and sealed it.  

I struggled with whether or not to fill one of the holes from the old hardware and change it out completely.  However, in the end I decided I liked the contrast of the brass, they reminded us of the the old brass couplings on a fire engine.

My husband loves it and and actually came across this graphic himself and asked me to do it. 

I love how this turned out and if it doesn't sell then I'm going to put it in our closet.  I've been wanting to re-organize our closet lately and this would work perfectly, especially since we would fill this with tons of navy blue T's & Sweats from the fire station. Ha!

Obviously, this is my husband's favorite transformation to date, which is so crazy since he didn't want me to buy Waterfall furniture, ever. What do you think?  I know it'll take just the right buyer and here lately everything I seem to be drawn to paint pieces that will need just the right person to buy it.  I really need to start completing some neutral furniture pieces. LOL

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  1. What a spectacular makeover!!!
    Really unbelievable - LOVE the colors and the graphic is just amazing!
    I have to get myself a projecter - I use Block Posters for mine

  2. where did u ever find that typography? It is absolutely perfect for that style of dresser. Great job..

    Love it, pinning it, OMG, love it Clydia!!!


  4. Wow ~ this is beautiful, Clydia! I have a waterfall dresser that I have had for years and never knew what to do with it. I love your makeover!

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  5. Oh my goodness!! This is absolutely fabulous!! That style of dresser is not my thing at all...I would never have given it a second look. I love every single thing that you did. It's a where will you put it?

  6. I Love this Dresser! Thanks so much for linking up to Project Inspire{d} ~ a week full of blessings to you and yours.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

  7. Wow, that is absolutely amazing! You did such an incredible job! I love the old hardware too ... it really matches the tone of the dresser.

  8. Beautiful! The best waterfall makeover I've ever seen!

  9. Wow! I love it... that firetruck graphic is perfect with the old hardware. I'm pinning this one :) Little Bit from

  10. That is amazing!!! I love graphics on furniture and that is just awesome! I can see why it's your husband's favorite.
    I think the hardware is perfect too.
    Very nice!

  11. You did such a beautiful job! I love everything about this. I'm not a fan of waterfall style dressers either but this has made me change my mind.

  12. This is just beyond cool...I'm pretty much speechless...


  13. I absolutely LoVe this waterfall piece!! Superior will sell! Funny that the hubs really got into it!! Thanks for sharing.
    Kelly from Copper Roof Interiors

  14. That is the most incredibly cool dresser I've seen - absolutely amazed and love it!


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