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Handpainted Maritime Blueprint Dresser

When I found this old, seen-better-days dresser at a yard sale for $18, I knew it would be the perfect canvas for a fun makeover.
I have always loved the look of antique maritime blueprints, and I wanted to recreate one on a piece of furniture.
This dresser was the perfect candidate because it had a flat front.
I found an inspiration print and painted the dresser a deep indigo blue, a custom color I created by mixing two shades of chalk paint together.
Then I handpainted the blueprint design in chalk. Trust me, you don't have to be an artist to do this. You can see all the steps (plus my favorite way for transferring a design to furniture) on my blog.
I love how the dresser turned out. It is definitely one of a kind. This look is perfect for a beach cottage or a boy's room.
A plain $18 yard sale dresser that has seen better days.
The blue of antique maritime blueprints inspired this custom indigo chalk paint color.
I used this vintage maritime blueprint as inspiration for my handpainted dresser.
Transferring the blueprint design to the dresser.
Wouldn't this nautical dresser be perfect for a beach cottage or a little boy's room?
I love shopping yard sales and secondhand shops to find nautical decor, like this buoy and sailboat.

To see more: http://www.attagirlsays.com/2015/01/20/vintage-nautical-decor-dresser/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Violetta Kladis
    Violetta Kladis Laredo, TX
    on Feb 22, 2015


  • Maggie B
    Maggie B Weslaco, TX
    on Feb 22, 2015


  • Cathy Dallman
    Cathy Dallman Minneapolis, MN
    on Feb 22, 2015


  • Tammy Lynn Hebert
    Tammy Lynn Hebert Sanford, NC
    on Feb 22, 2015

    Awesome job Amy. Is it going in Jackson's room?

    • Atta Girl Amy
      Atta Girl Amy Greensboro, NC
      on Feb 23, 2015

      @Tammy Lynn Hebert Actually, Tammy I put it in my booth, I would have loved to keep it, but Jackson has a larger dresser in his room. And his walls have a sports themed mural -- would have been too many themes going on in there!

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX
    on Feb 22, 2015

    Looks great!

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