Oscar Wilde Decoupaged Dresser

By Vanessa, Owner at Vintage Soul in Ridgefield, WA.

This dresser is one of my favorites. My philosophy with my projects is that I always want to work with what the piece is giving me. Sometimes they turn out just how you imagine and other times not so much. This was one of those lemons to lemonade projects. My intention was to paint the whole project in one color and heavily distress it to give it character because it was pretty plain, but it had potential. Well, the best laid plans don't always work out. After one coat of paint I had terrible bleed through on the drawers and the top. So, instead of fighting the piece, you learn work with it. I did another coat on the body and decided to decoupage the problem areas. I am always picking up books at Goodwill so I went through my stack and pulled out a compilation of Oscar Wilde plays. "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "An Ideal Husband" are my two favorites, so I ripped the book apart and started applying the pages using Mod Podge Waterbased Sealer in the gloss finish to the drawers and the top. I applied it in random angles to give the impression that it was pages strewn over a surface. The body is painted in Dixie Belle Paint Company Drop Cloth, distressed on the edges, and then finished in Dixie Belle Paint Company Clear Wax. She certainly didn't turn out how I planned, but I am so glad she spoke to me and forced me out of my comfort zone and into my creative zone.

Project Category

Upcycling Merit CategoriesDecoupage

Products Used

  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Drop Cloth
  • Dixie Belle Paint Company Best Dang Wax Clear
  • Mod Podge Waterbased Sealer Gloss Finish
  • Book Pages

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