HOW TO MAKE SUBWAY ART - reverse stencil

There are a few tutorials available around blog land showing how
to achieve a subway art look, so why am I offering another?

I wanted a certain finished look that I was not able to find
and I wanted to share some of the unique qualities that AS Chalk Paint offer in the process.

I used vinyl letters creating a reverse stencil on top of white chalk paint,

The letters were made with commercial adhesive vinyl
left over from my contractor days. (drawer liner or mac tac should work)
I used a computer program to get the size and shape I wanted
then printed them out and cut them by hand.

I only wanted the white for the letters so I washed the rest off with water.
I did not want all that extra white coming through areas that were going to be distressed.

The remaining steps I took are:

1) painted over everything with AS Graphite
2) once dry, remove the vinyl letters
3) waxed the drawer face
4) distress with sand paper
5) wax and buff to a shine

The finished project is pictured below.
You can see some of the drawers have the extra white underneath.
I found it was messy that is why I removed it but maybe you'll like it that way for your project.


Have you stopped into firstfinds hardware store lately?
Here are just some of the switch plates available for your home.



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ART DECO TURNED SHAKER - vancouver subway art dresser

How to take an Art Deco Dresser and give it a Shaker Style.

One thing that dates art deco furniture is the flush and rounded tops.

So I removed the original top and replaced it with a nice fresh pine board cut to size.

With some walnut stain, wax, and my new gloves we were off to the races.

Having a curvy kick at the bottom is common in a lot of furniture
but I removed this one to get straighter lines and offer a masculine feel.

Two final steps to help achieve the look was to add the vintage metal wheels
and simple metal knobs down both sides of the drawers.

And that's how you get a shaker look from an Art Deco Dresser.

More beauty pics can be seen on yesterday's post

Next time I'll share how I did my lettering and finish on the drawers.

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VANCOUVER ART - subway art tall dresser

I've been wanting to do a true tall boy subway dresser for some time.


And recently a couple of my fellow blog ladies have inspired me to get moving on that project.

First up is Bliss @ Bliss Ranch with her Kodak Dresser.

And secondly is Suzan @ Simply Vintageous

My main inspiration started with this fabulous shaker style tallboy @ Lindauer Designs

But I had to do it in the VANCOUVER style,
and add what I'm calling my signature typo.

Only those who know Vancouver should be able to find the spelling mix-up,
but for the most part you read it the way you are suppose to. 


Next time I'll share how I transformed this mid century look into a shaker style,
in a few steps.

Let me know if you see the typo ...

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MORE THAN JUST A PEDICURE - lions foot chest

The veneer on one side and top had to be completely removed due to water damage.
We have all come across those bubbling and wavy surfaces and sometimes it can be fixed.

But not this time.
I stripped and sanded and filled and sanded some more,
then added several coats of paint and wax to get this crisp clean white surface.

The right side veneer was saved and I restained the wood on the left.

She has her original key locks still in place and I out fitted her with a set of reproduction handles.

She is painted in ASCP Old White and clear wax,
and is the perfect height for a grand bedside table.

You can find a side by side before and after pic here.

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HOW TO GAIN 3 INCHES - ornate night stands

Three inches to a night stands that is.

We all love the miss matched styling of shabby chic decor but most of us also
like to have a matched set of tables for our bedside.

Most vintage night stands are just too darn short for our current fat and luxurious mattress'.
So that's where I step in and raise them up.
This pair of solid wood carved night stands started at 24 inches tall before
I installed a vintage set of casters, lifting them 1.5"
and a solid frame added under the top to raise them another 1.5".

Here they are on there way to be sprayed in ASCP Old White, before a coat of ASCP clear wax
then Minwax dark to accent all the detailing of these pieces.

Originally there were no handles on the doors, I have no idea how someone would ever
get the cupboard doors open with out taking the drawer out first and reaching inside.

Maybe thats why they were stored away in a shed and not used.

A side by side before and after pic can be seen here.

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