A Face Lift for a Jaded Lady

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4 Days
  • This poor old lady had been living in a carport shivering for years. She had really great bones but was in desperate need of a facelift. An idea started to brew in my mind!
  • After a good clean and a few veneer repairs, I was ready to pretty this lady up
  • The drawers were in a pretty bad shape after I filled all the holes so I decided the best way to go was to create a raised texture on them. Out came my stencil and some drywall compound.
  • I used an all over brocade stencil that I felt was in keeping with the style of the piece
  • I drew a circle around a tea plate and left that free of drywall, I had other plans for that area!
  • When the drywall was dry and lightly sanded down, I painted the drawers in a buttercup yellow with a red wash over them. Then I darkened the paint with a stain by General Finishes Java Gel.

  • The circle was next!
  • I used a laser print of a watercolour painting I did some time ago and transferred it to the circle after painting the wood white.
  • Once the image was done, I did a wash of yellow ochre over it to age it
  • Here is a demo I did for image transfer. This is part one
  • Here is part 2
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Here is my painting. Available as a digital download from my Etsy store

  • And here she is in all her regal glory.
  • I used General Finishes Java Gel on the legs and top
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  • Terry Lynn Terry Lynn on Dec 12, 2017
    tllt Canada What do you do with the inside of the drawers in a case like this. Are they cleaned and painted as well?

  • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Dec 13, 2017
    Julie,I was wondering what the stencil is made of? The ones I have are plastic and not as ornate as yours.They are flimsy and I don't think will stand up well for this type work.
    This piece is so exquisitly beautiful! I would have to practice on an extra piece of wood before I would try this on furniture! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial.

  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Dec 13, 2017
    Julie - what a gorgeous makeover! I've never seen the technique you used and the results are so dramatic. My own 'style is more industrial/contemporary but I will keep this technique in mind as I'd love to use it somewhere.
    • What tool(s) do you use to apply the drywall compound over the stencil?
    • Did you attach the stencil before using it? With what? (Dumb question, I know) ....how do you attach a stencil on the side where you've already done the work?
    • How long do you leave the stencil in place before pulling it up?
    • Did you hand sand or use an orbital sander?
    Thanks for your patience with all my questions! Your talents are terrific.

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