Painting the bow front dresser - completed (for now)

by brae  

I added pale lavender flowers to the bow front dresser and then added a satin varnish.  I would like to add a bird and left space for one, but I need to practice painting that small.  The knobs are vintage hardware I bought from The Little Dollhouse Company at the Bishop Show.

I love the worn wood top.

The paper lace doily is from Stewart Dollhouse Creations.  The cat figurine, ring holder and doily were purchased at the local mini shows.

The Bentham Tulip Table Lamp by Houseworks is from miniatures.com, and I painted the LED to make the light more natural -- a tip picked up on the Greenleaf forum.

I think the dresser fits wonderfully with the bedroom furnishings.

Unfortunately, the wallpaper in this room has buckled even though I used Yes paste to apply it.  :\  It's most noticeable on the long wall behind the bed.  Some papers are just more susceptible to buckling, I think.  I've had this happen only one other time even though I always use the same process in pasting.

I have only one sheet of this paper left, and I would have to remove a lot of trim to redo this portion.  That will be a last resort.  So, I will have to figure something out.  I wonder if a small iron would help...like a quilting iron...maybe it would melt the glue and reattach the paper or at least smooth it out.  It would be worth a try before deconstruction.

14 comments

Comment from: Blondie [Visitor]
Oh no about the paper!! I know you will figure it out! I love the dresser and the wee kitty is so adorable. Well done!! That room looks so wonderful. Come redecorate my real life bedroom? K thanks. :)
07/18/13 @ 21:49
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
I like how the dresser turned out and the room as a whole is striking with its combination of light and dark. Sad about that wallpaper! I do hope you come up with a solution after all that work. I remember what you went through to install it.
07/18/13 @ 22:54
Comment from: Audra [Visitor]
The dresser looks great! I love that you added some more color to it. Thats awful aboutyour paper. Very frustrating when you have worked so hard with such a beautiful outcome.
07/19/13 @ 03:39
Comment from: April [Visitor]
The dresser painting is lovely. Practice birds are a wise choice if you're not feeling confident. Oh no, the paper :( I hope the iron trick works *wishes you luck*
07/19/13 @ 04:51
Comment from: Mod for Mod [Visitor]
The dresser looks great. Bummer about the paper, but it kind of adds to the haunted part of the Heritage.
07/19/13 @ 07:33
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :>> Someone on Greenleaf suggested injecting glue with a syringe and covering the injection hole with artwork. That just might work. :yes: The vertical wrinkle behind the bed is over the tape on the wiring channel, and it doesn't bother me as much because it *does* seem realistic. The big oval bubble by the door, however, doesn't in my opinion.
07/19/13 @ 08:24
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]
I love the whole room! You have created such a nice atmosphere! And there are great details and I do Love that dresser! Great paint work! Hannah
07/19/13 @ 13:23
Comment from: 12Create [Visitor]
Love the touch of lilac. I was hoping you were going to add a bird to it. That will finish it off perfectly in my eyes. Look forward to seeing the end result.
07/19/13 @ 14:33
When I first saw the photo I thought 'Clever you for adding the realism of wallpaper that's been affected by a leaky roof'. You could work on that idea and tear some of the wallpaper near the ceiling off and wash it with a mouldy-coloured wash :-) I did similar in a roombox I made in the early 90s: http://theshoppingsherpa.blogspot.com.au/2008/02/miniature-memories.html
07/19/13 @ 18:02
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thanks! :D I certainly do like the realism of worn out wallpaper and water-stained ceilings, but I already did something like that for Baslow Ranch. And, in my vision for this particular house, the interior of the Heritage is the gooey marshmallow center inside a old, crusty exterior. &#59;D
07/19/13 @ 21:10
Comment from: Jenna [Visitor]
I love the room! It turned out so nice! Wallpaper is so frustrating! I've been using mod podge and I've been having better luck with that than the yes glue...
07/20/13 @ 20:15
Comment from: Diane Costanza [Visitor]
I have seen the full size dressers similar to your design and I think your miniature one is just as lovely. I have been painting mini portraits lately and I actually have to use use a magnifying light cuz my eyes are not what they used to be, LOL. I think you did a wonderful job!
07/21/13 @ 19:11
Comment from: Pat [Visitor]
Brae, did you make your owl personally? I'm looking for a snowy white owl about 3-4 inches high. Thx.
07/26/13 @ 15:34
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you so much! :D Yes, I did make the owl...you can find the post here: http://www.otterine.com/blog/blog1.php/whooooo-s-a-cutie
07/29/13 @ 12:08


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