HOW TO CREATE DIY COLLAGE FURNITURE USING A LITTLE BIT OF THIS AND A LITTLE BIT OF THAT.
This Butterfly Collage Dresser Makeover kept me on my toes the last couple of days. Oddly enough, it wasn’t the collage part that stumped me but the paint color/finish around it. It’s STILL not 100% done — I’m probably clear waxing as you read this — but I’m sharing with you anyway. 🙂
I did have loads of fun mixing multiple products to get this look. It stretched my creativity to unify this entire front. I used a little of this and a little of that to put together something original and spectacular. Although this dresser is solid and in good shape, a collage is a GREAT way to hide any furniture scratches or flaws!
Here’s what I started with.
I was given this 80’s highboy from one of my sweet clients who bought this Farmhouse Green Dresser a few months back. Which btw, I have something exciting to share with you at the end of this post ALONG WITH THE WINNER of last weeks book bundles! So stay with me!
Here’s the finished Monarch Grace Dresser. What do you think?
I couldn’t put anything on top to stage it because the paint wasn’t totally dry but check out these adorable vintage butterflies on my wall… retro 70’s baby!
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I pulled this patchwork collage together using 3 paint colors, 3 stencils, the Monarch Grace Furniture Transfer and a Sharpie! *Update – I believe Monarch Grace may have been discontinued but you can find gorgeous butterfly transfers here!
How To ~ Collage Furniture::
Step #1:: Clean, Sand + Prime
The very first thing I did was give this dresser a cleaning, sand, and prime. Because this type of 80’s cherry stain has horrendous bleed through, I used my heavy duty never fail BIN Shellac Primer.
Step #2:: Base Paint + Distress
I used three (3) colors when laying down the base. Collard Green was used for the entire dresser along with the bottom front. Farmhouse Green and Tea Rose (a gorgeous combo!) were used for the drawers.
The paint texture and distress was created by spraying a mixture of vinegar and water onto the paint while it’s still wet. This gives it a drippy “old world’ feel which you can really see the effects of on the bottom in the pic below.
Step #3:: Rub-On Furniture Transfer
I used ReDesign with Primas Monarch Grace Furniture Transfer but it was nowhere near large enough to cover the full front.
I cut it up and rearranged the pieces randomly on the dresser front.
QUICK TIP:: I find it SUPER helpful to lay the piece on the floor so I can ‘play’ around with the transfer positioning. I also find it way easier to rub on the transfers when the piece is on it’s back rather than standing vertically.
Step #4:: Add Wash + Stencils + Sharpie Lines
Once the paint had dried I started adding my stencil designs.
When the stencil designs were dry, I added a very light wash of Collard Greens all over the front. Then added my black lines with a ruler and a Sharpie. There are thin black lines in the Monarch Grace Transfer, so this tied the piece together nicely.
QUICK TIP:: Adding elements of the original design (color, pattern, texture or in this case black lines) can really tie a collage all together!
I didn’t draw these straight lines freehand but I couldn’t hold the ruler + Sharpie + camera all at the same time. 😉
Step #5:: Sand + Topcoat
When everything was dry, I sanded over everything with a 220 grit to distress and blend. Some areas were distressed more than others. It’s fun to play around with the sanding to reveal the base paint colors underneath.
Once I topcoat with Clear Wax and Gator Hide the top, these colors are going to pop and have even more depth!
And before I let you go, if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you may have already seen this, but check this out! Remember my little Farmhouse Green Dresser? This curb-shopped cutie is now a full page ad/feature in Country Farmhouse Magazine. I just had to run out and buy this April issue and share with you!
And now for the lucky winner of last weeks Book Bundle Giveaway! A BIG thanks to everyone who participated!