Most of my projects revolve around re-doing old, wooden, oak-like furniture and giving it a modern pastel-ish look. This Bombay chest that I’ve been using as a dresser and a family photo booth was no exception.
As you can see in the picture, the table had chipped away and the paint faded at the edges. The drawers themselves were starting to give off a weird stench.
The handles may seemed to be going with the entire aesthetic of the table, but they were bump into your legs painfully every time you reached out to put or take something from the table –or even slide the blinds open.
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Step by Step
- My base color was sand, then I added some pinks, grays & white then blended those.
- Once dried, I did a white wash over it all. I didn’t wait for each layer to dry but chalk paint dries quickly.
- I had a paint brush that I kept beside me and just dipped it in water just enough to activate the paint then I blended the colors.
- I got the poster that you see from Hobby Lobby. You can find them back in the framing section. I just measured my drawers and then cut the poster to fit. Fortunately the poster was 36 inches wide and my drawers are 35.
- I cut the poster by measuring the width of each drawer and cut the pieces. That was the easy part.
- It was a challenge to decoupage because the drawers are curved. But the trick to remember here is that you can cut slits in the paper where it starts to overlap –small and unnoticeable slits that is.
The Bombay Chest offered a huge canvas for me to channel my creativity, and I went for something floral and light –my favorite kind of designs. I finished this off by adding red and pink roses in a mason jar and putting it up on the table top as a minimalist-pastel-like décor centerpiece.
I placed it in my daughter’s room, right next to her pink curtains and it went along with the décor pretty well –I’m glad I took on this project.
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