I acquired this little dresser, minus a drawer as a Craigslist freebie. I wish I could show you how she looked before but....I forgot to take a picture. In fact I don't know what I was thinking but I didn't take any pictures during the transformation either. You'll have close your eyes and use your imagination. Picture her pale yellow, wood knobs with a missing drawer...just blah.
Okay, now open your eyes... tada! Isn't she cute? I think the previous owner had used it for her TV and discarded the drawer to have a place for her DVD player. I have been wanting to paint a harlequin pattern on something and decided this would be the one. There is a great site I found http://www.silverspoonmurals.com/articles/How_to_Paint_Harlequin_Diamonds_aid27155.php you just put in your dimensions and it does all the math for you.
I'd be lying if I told you it was easy. It should have been, but my paint kept bubbling up and peeling off. Maybe that's why I didn't take any pictures...I didn't want you to witness my tantrums. Eventually, it worked itself out. I had decided to cover the remaining drawers with images on canvas. I found this bee image at www.thegraphicsfairy.blogspot.com and that set the color pallet for the project, yellow and black. The photos make the yellow look much brighter than it actually is. I used spray adhesive to attach the canvas to the drawer fronts and used my nail gun to apply some dainty black moulding to hide the fabric edges.
I finished her off with a couple black bins I found at Target to tie the whole thing together. My daughter says it reminds her of Harry Potter...whatever that means? It turned out just as I had envisioned. It's quirky, and that's why I like it.