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Mod Podge Makeover

IMG_3888In early May, Hubby traveled back to New England to visit with his folks and work on a blueberry “fort” for his mom–dang those pesky birds! I don’t typically look forward to him leaving, but this time I could hardly wait to drive him to the airport. I had plans to work on a project I’d been itching to tackle since shortly after Christmas, but I wanted it to be a surprise, so couldn’t start until he was gone.

I dropped him off at the local airport early Saturday morning. A few short hours later, I’d pulled out the drop cloths (old tablecloths) and got to work…on my mahogany bedroom bureau.


Yes, that’s dust on the surface. I have two friends who read these posts and who each keep their houses spotless. I can imagine the looks of horror on their faces at seeing the state of my bureau. 😉

When Kreh and I were first married, eighteen years ago now, we received much of our initial furniture from a good friend’s grandmother when she was moving into assisted living. Through that family’s generosity, we were able to outfit (and thus move into) our little attic apartment with bedroom, living, and dining room furnishings mere days after returning from our honeymoon. A huge blessing for newlyweds who hadn’t lived on their own up to that point.

Over the years, we’ve replaced several items. We bought a new bedframe when we moved to Colorado in 2002. Upon moving to Nebraska in 2003, we bought a bigger couch and matching glider at auction. Before moving to Montana in 2008, we replaced the dining chairs. And the mahogany coffee table now resides at Hubby’s office.

We have yet to replace our bedroom bureau and dresser, however. Mostly because of cost. Someday it might happen (we’d like to match whatever comes in with the cherry-stained sleigh bed we currently have), but after Hubby saw the relative success I had in redoing the mahogany sideboard, he’d uttered the words I’d been hoping to hear for a while: “When are you going to do the bureaus in the bedroom?”


Sideboard makeover


I had ten days to complete my bureau and matching mirror before he returned. Sounds like plenty of time, but since I was pulling both mommy and daddy duty that week and a half, shuffling kids hither, thither, and yon, I only had school hours to work on it…plus I was committed to writing a certain number of words each day for a writing challenge. I succeeded in both, but the makeover took all ten days—and the master bedroom, being the temporary “workshop,” was a mess in the meantime. 😉

Here’s my process in a nutshell:

I used Bulls Eye 1-2-3 for the primer. It claims to have “outstanding adhesion to dense, glossy surfaces such as enamel paints and varnishes, paneling, laminates…” but so far, I’m still at a loss for a successful primer that won’t get knocked away (taking the paint with it) at the slightest bump. I used Valspar Warm Putty and Indigo Streamer in satin for the colors (along with tiny brushes for the indigo), and I’m very pleased with that outcome. And I used my trusty Mod Podge to adhere the fabric onto the drawer fronts. Lastly, I changed out the hardware, going with rounded square cabinet knobs from Amazon. Love them!


The mirror was the tricky piece, with the scrollwork and different surface levels, and I had a tough time figuring out how much blue accents I wanted. In the end, I think it came out perfectly balanced (IMO). 😉 Again, tiny brushes and a steady hand! (And if you’re wondering why the mirror-before-paint is hiding behind the door…it was the only angle that wouldn’t reflect my cluttered room in the background!)





Hubby loved the makeover–as I hoped he would–so the plan is to work on his dresser and the matching bedside tables over the summer. We’ll see how far I get, heh heh. Considering my children’s second semester of school zoomed past in a blur, I know this summer has the potential for speed. No blinking!

How about you? Have you been able to tackle any spring projects since the weather has warmed up? Do you have grand summer plans ahead you hope to accomplish? Share in the comments below!


Just a Little Spritz Here…And a Little Dab There…

Ellowyne has been in a mood these last few days (she claims she hasn’t received much “screen” time since I started this blog), so I thought I’d use this post to highlight two of her favorite things in her bedroom…and appease her ego at the same time.


In the picture to the left, in which Prudence showcases a lovely white top, you’ll notice Ello’s wardrobe behind her—a birthday or Christmas gift from my mom a few years ago. Along with the wardrobe came a mirror of similar color. The pieces suited Ello just fine…until she watched me paint and Mod Podge an unfinished doll bureau for my niece. All of a sudden, she wanted a makeover for her bedroom furniture, especially as she would be moving from her perch in my bedroom into her new “home” in the dining room. “It just won’t do to have dark brown furniture clashing with my blue and white walls,” she bemoaned.

Thankfully for her, makeovers are relatively easy to accommodate in doll-scale…and even easier when done with spray paint! I had never spray-painted a piece of furniture before (life-sized or otherwise), but there’s a first time for everything, right? So after protecting Ellowyne’s mirror with masking tape and my garage floor with newspaper, I went to play—er, I mean work—in painting the furniture with two coats of semi-gloss, paint + primer spray paint, bought at a local hardware store. There’s a certain sense of instant gratification in watching brown change to white with the press of a button.

But my favorite part came after the paint was dry.

Using Mod Podge and a 1” wide paintbrush, I glued scrapbook paper (cut to the required specifications) to the wardrobe door fronts and to the front of the mirror drawer, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles and release any air bubbles. After letting it dry, I then reapplied Mod Podge over the paper to give it a glossy look and more durability. For fun (and to make it more pleasing to the eye), I did the same thing to the inside of the wardrobe.

Newly Revived Furniture

Newly Revived Furniture

You can’t see it in the picture (apparently I need to make Ello some more hangers for her clothes), but the paper doesn’t reach all the way to the bottom—I ran out. I do intend, however, to make a little shelf that will sit on the floor of the wardrobe and effectively mask the imperfection. For now, Ello can just keep the door closed.

Ellowyne in Whine: Preening in front of the mirror

Ellowyne in Whine: Preening in front of the mirror

So: Mod Podge and spray paint. A quick, fun, and easy way to refresh some tired-looking doll furniture. Great for life-sized pieces, as well. I’d love to try my hand at giving our antique sideboard a face-lift, but because it’s mahogany, my hubby won’t let me touch it. Sigh. Guess I’ll just stick to sprucing up Ellowyne’s abode. She did say something about wanting a fireplace for Christmas…