Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lined Drawer Tutorial

You may have noticed that I prefer to line the drawers of my pieces.  I think it adds something special to them {and a little charm, too}.  I thought this would make a great tutorial since many of you have asked about it.

Here's the scoop:

- liner of your choice (scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, old book pages, music)
- razor or sharp scissors
- spray adhesive (repositionable)

First, wipe {and vacuum if you are me} the inside of the drawers to remove all dirt and dust.

Next, lay your paper inside the drawer being sure to match the pattern, if applicable.  When you get to an edge, hold the paper firmly in place and crease the paper along the angle of the drawer.

 Use a razor or sharp scissors to cut along the crease.  {There is no possible way to get an attractive shot of your arm in this position!  I tried my best to prevent, what I call, man-arm syndrome but I failed...miserably.}

Continue arranging and cutting the paper until the bottom of each drawer is covered.

Now for the glue.  I use a repositionable spray adhesive.  It allows me time to match the pattern carefully and move the paper, if needed.  {Spray adhesive still dries quickly so be sure to work fast and on one piece of paper at a time.}  I remove all of the pieces and lay them next to the drawer in the same position.  This prevents you from mixing up where the pieces go.  Working with one piece of paper at a time, spray a light coat of the adhesive to the back {wrong} side of the paper.  Immediately lay the piece in the bottom of the drawer and rub firmly to remove any air bubbles and to achieve good adherence.  Remember...spray the paper NOT the drawer or you will ruin the beautiful paint finish you just worked so hard to achieve. {Think glitter. Spray adhesive seems to spread everywhere.}

Continue gluing, matching the pattern and pressing until the bottom of the drawer is covered.  I find that using a busy pattern helps reduce visible seams.  You really can't tell that this was pieced together!

Easy-peasey, right?

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Versatile Chest

I've mentioned before how much I love versatile pieces and this chest is a great example. 
ASCP Paris Grey/Old White, medium distressing, clear wax
I love early depression pieces with original casters {chippy veneer and all}.  With such beautiful details even the before picture is lovely.

The finish of this early depression era chest is a custom mix of ASCP Paris Grey and Old White with medium distressing and sealed with clear wax.  I also highlighted the beautiful detailing with Old White.  While the original hardware was beautiful, I decided to replace it with these glass knobs that blend with the finish nicely. 

And, of course, lined drawers.  {tutorial coming soon}

I think this piece would make a fantastic TV cabinet but have staged it as a buffet and changing table/dresser.


By the way, did you know there are two spellings for the color gray?  {bet you didn't expect a spelling lesson, huh?}  Typically, you will find that Americans use the spelling gray while Europeans prefer grey.  You will see it spelled both ways on this blog.  Why you ask?  I always use the spelling gray except when referring to the specific Annie Sloan paint color, Paris Grey.  {Annie is British and therefore uses the European spelling.}

{This piece is currently available.}  
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