As mentioned, I am fond of dressers. I wanted to do E.'s first room in pale colors and antiques and this dresser became a beautiful focal point in the room. The photographer who took E.'s two-year pictures thought it would make a great prop. I think she was right.
Anyway, here's how I did it:
- Two contrasting paints - your main background paint, and a second, contrasting SPRAY paint (spray paints come in a wide variety of colors now - available at Walmart, Joanns, or Lowe's)
- A half to a yard or so of inexpensive lace (I found mine at Walmart)
- Temporary spray adhesive
- The usual tools - paintbrush, sandpaper, etc.
- Start with a piece that's ready to paint: sanded down, cleaned off, hardware removed, etc. Remove the drawers and stand them on their backs for separate painting.
- Brush, roll, or spray paint the entire piece and drawers in your main color (I chose a chalky white).
- Once dry, lightly spray the back of your lace with a temporary spray adhesive and lay the lace over the drawer. Press smooth with your hands. You can do one drawer at a time, or buy enough lace to cut as many pieces as you have drawers.
- Lightly spray even strokes over the lace with your contrasting spray paint (I chose a beige-y pink), being careful not to spray too close to the piece, until you've achieved the desired effect. I didn't want a very solid pink, so the variations in the spray turned out well.
- Wait a few minutes to dry. Carefully remove the lace and DONE!
P.S. I thought I was so clever when I decided to do this several years ago. Only a few months after I finished it, I saw Debbie Travis do something similar on an episode of Painted House and I totally felt "scooped." Kinda like that commercial - "I invented that first." tee hee.