Vintage Circus Girl Chest of Drawers
I have to say this has been one of my favourite pieces to do ever!!! So much fun I love when clients want something a little different. I was tasked with creating a piece for a child's bedroom with a circus theme and she loved this image...Normally I would decoupage something this big but increasingly I have been using a transfer method which creates a totally painted on look which I much prefer. You can also distress it which I love as well.
I found this mid century piece which fitted the theme perfectly on Ebay from a local seller. It was perfect and the handles were so lovely as well.
Once I had it, I gave it a good clean with sugar soap and rinsed it all off. Once dry I scuff sanded it all over with 220 grit sandpaper and cleaned off the dust. She had chosen Fusion Mineral Paint's Little Whale a lovely soft grey blue for the outside and a pop of colour with Little Star a sunny yellow for inside the drawers. I did 3 coats of each leaving about 2 hours between coats and then lightly distressed the edges to give it a vintage feel.
Once it is dry take a damp cloth and moisten the white paper. use a soft sponge or you finger to roll off the white paper and the gel will have transferred the ink onto the piece of furniture. Do this all over once very gently and let it dry again. Repeat as necessary, I did it 2 more times until all the white had gone . Be aware you will lose little bits of the image in this process but this just adds to the vintage feel which is why I love it!. Distress it further if you wish with very fine sandpaper. Apply a sealant like Fusion Tough Coat and there you have it!
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Fusion Mineral Paint Little Whale and Little Star
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