I found the perfect project to try to decoupage fabric onto. This old Dresser I found for FREE! Check out my Trashy Tuesday series if you want to see more of the amazing stuff I pull out of Dumpsters.
I cleaned the entire piece thoroughly with TSP Solution, wiped it off, then gave it a light sand. There were some parts on the top that required a good spray coat of Laquer to keep the stains from coming through. This was for sure a bleeder. You can read about how to take care of this pesky problem HERE.
Next, I painted the entire piece in 2 coats of my new favorite color. Debi’s DIY Paints in Weathered Wood. I LOVE this paint. Super easy to use, the names and the colors are all on trend and fun. And the best part, DIY Paint is clay based and 100% Natural.
Tip: When painting furniture where the drawers will sit flush with the frame, be sure to paint the insides of the frame too. If you drawer pushes in past the frame, or even if it is flush, you will see where you didn’t paint.
That is sort of the equivalent of having your underwear sticking out of your pants. 😉 It’s also really nice to line your drawers….
Once the piece was dry, I lightly sanded the entire thing in 320 grit sandpaper. This smoothed and burnished the paint. You can really see the beautiful striation of the clay coming through when you use a higher grit of sand paper, or even a brown grocery bag!
I sealed the entire piece with 1 coat of DIY Liquid Patina. Another amazing product. I used it to seal my piece as a top coat, used it to Decoupage my fabric, and you can even use it as a glaze or a stain. It can be tinted with any color and will penetrate over raw wood, or add a beautiful hue and layers of color to any project.
Here is a quick video to show how to use Liquid Patina to Decoupage Fabric.
And here is the finished project again. You may think this is a funny place to put a Decoupaged Fabric Dresser, it is in my master bedroom closet! It makes me happy every time I walk in there. It’s a little too girly for Suffering Husband to have in our Master Bedroom.
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