Wednesday, August 15, 2012

INDUSTRIAL DRESSER REDO WITH DIY PULLS AND LETTER TRANSFER TUTORIAL


MISS INDUSTRIAL

THIS PIECE FOR
ME WAS GOING OUT OF MY
COMFORT ZONE AND 
DOING A SUBWAY, INDUSTRIAL
TYPE DESIGN. I'VE NEVER 
DONE THIS KIND OF
IMAGE TRANSFER AND WAS
A LITTLE SKEPTICAL WHEN
I STARTED. 

HERE IS THE BEFORE OF
MY DRESSER...



NOT A BAD LOOKING PIECE
BUT THE TOP WAS PRETTY 
SCREWED UP AND IT WAS PRETTY
GENERIC LOOKING. I WANTED
THIS TO HAVE THE INDUSTRIAL
FEEL.

I STARTED WITH THE LETTERING
AND DECIDED TO USE CARBON 
PAPER TO DO THIS,I HAD GOTTEN
SOME AT THE THRIFT STORE 
PREVIOUSLY SO IT WAS TIME TO 
PUT IT TO USE.

I WAS DOING ONE DRAWER AT A
TIME AND SO I SELECTED WHAT
FONT I WANTED AND PRINTED IT OUT
WITH MY COMPUTER AND INKJET 
PRINTER.

I TAPED THE CARBON PAPER TO THE
DRAWER AND THEN TAPED THE
PRINTED LETTERING ON TOP. 
IF THE LETTERING WAS LONGER
THEN THE PAPER I USED TWO
SHEETS AND TAPED THEM TOGETHER.


I TRACED THE LETTERING WITH A
PEN, PUSHING
DOWN QUITE HARD TO GET THE LETTERING TO TRANSFER TO THE
WOOD.

I PULLED THE LETTERING UP
SLOWLY TO BE SURE THAT IT
ALL TRANSFERED. THIS WAY IF
IT DIDN'T YOU CAN RETRACE.

AFTER THE PAPER IS OFF
I TRACED THE LETTERING BY 
HAND WITH A BLACK SHARPIE 
MARKER

THE NEXT STEP IS TO
FILL IN THE LETTERS WITH
BLACK PAINT.I USED THE MARKER
FIRST SO THE LETTERS WOULD HAVE
A SHARPER EDGE.

A LITTLE SANDING AFTER DRYING 
AND I THEN USED THE MINWAX
POLYSHADES (MISSION OAK IN SATIN 
FINISH) TO VARNISH THE DRAWERS!

THE TRANSFER METHOD WAS A LITTLE
TEDIOUS BUT WORKED FANTASTIC!

THIS IS MY AFTER...

I WANTED TO USE ALL WORDS 
THAT I WOULD
ASSOCIATE WITH INDUSTRIAL FURNITURE TO MAKE THE
PIECE UNIQUE!

I ALSO ADDED THE STEEL
WHEELS ONTO THIS PIECE TO
ACHIEVE THIS LOOK!




I MADE THE DIY PULLS WITH
BLACK ROPE THAT I FOUND AT LOWES
AND THICK HEX NUTS. THE 
BLACK ROPE WAS JUST AN IDEA THAT
I CAME UP WITH WHEN LOOKING IN THE
ROPE SECTION OF LOWES! THE PART BEHIND THE DRAWERS IS KNOTTED ON
EACH SIDE AND THEN
I GLUED THE HEX NUT DOWN TO THE
FRONT OF THE DRAWER. THE ROPE 
IS PRETTY THICK SO THE HEX NUTS
WEREN'T REALLY MOVING BUT JUST
AS A PRECAUTION I GLUED THEM.
I LOVE THE WAY THEY LOOK.





I LOVE HER AND I HOPE YOU
LOVE HER TO... 
CAN SOMEONE HELP ME DRAG HER
BACK INSIDE???

ALOT OF PEOPLE WERE ASKING
ME ABOUT THE PRODUCTS I USED
ON THIS PIECE SO I MADE 
THIS LITTLE LIST UP...




62 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! And, I love the pulls you made. Are they knotted or glued into the washers? Pinning.

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  2. That is just cool Lauren. Very awesome!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  3. This is fabulous! This piece is going to become very popular, without a doubt!

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  4. What a beautiful transformation. You took a lovely chest and made it stunning.

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  5. Love it! So clever. I need to remember that I can add words to furniture for extra impact. This looks great!

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  6. Lauren, This is a stellar piece! How creative and fun... and indurstrial! I will certainly use your idea to make a tabletop with words on it. LOVE IT!
    Your dresser would be a welcomed addition to TUTORIAL TIPS AND TIDBITS, my weekly linky party. Link goes live tonight at 8:00 pm. Hope to see you there!
    I am your newest follower!!!
    Great blog, great post!

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    1. Thanks so much Yvonne, and i will be there, thanks for following!

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  7. You created a New Industrial Look in this dresser! Is awesome! Congrats!

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  8. Love the creative drawer pulls. The chest looks great. Good job.
    Coming over from SavvySouthernStyle WOW us Wednesday.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

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  9. Great take on "industrial"! Really love the lettering.

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  10. I absolutely love everything about this. What color gray did you use for the outsides? Stunning work.

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  11. Love it. I said LOVE IT!!!

    Pinning it too.

    Bliss

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  12. What an amazing job! Love this - so unique and original - a real
    one of a kind piece ( for now lol - I see a lot of copying in this dressers future )
    Hugs,

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  13. Hallo,
    ja wie cool ist das denn. Gefällt mir sehr gut.
    Liebe Grüße,
    Simone

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    1. TRANSLATION-
      Hello, yes how cool is that. I like it very well. Love greetings,
      Simone

      THANK YOU SO MUCH SIMONE FOR THE NICE COMMENT

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  14. Hi Lauren, it turned out so well. Thanks for the tip on using a sharpie with your painted letters
    Cheers Fiona

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  15. Okay Lauren - Where do you come up with your great ideas!
    That is so awesome. I would love to have that piece.
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

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  16. I love it! What an amazing transformation! I'm definitely trying the carbon paper idea on some of my old furniture!

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  17. Love it! Love those rope/hex nut handles! And love the carbon paper/Sharpie idea, too :) Definitely gonna try that soon!

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    1. thanks so much Kathryn, can't wait to see a project that you use it on,
      lauren

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  18. I'm so very impressed! Love it! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Stuff and Nonsense. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-10.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  19. L-O-V-E IT!!!!!
    Your blog is very Inspiring.....I will be following you. Ciao Rita

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  20. fabulous! I am pinning this!!! would love to have you share over at our party!

    http://baked-inthesouth.blogspot.com/2012/08/made-it-by-monday-link-party_14.html

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  21. Oh, how creative of you! It's beautful!
    Brenda

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  22. Thanks for the tutorial! Can't wait to try it myself. Your dresser turned out great!

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  23. Lauren, it's darling! I love your tough love on this number!

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  24. super cool. I love the gray you added to the frame- it really pulls everything together that you were going for!
    Thanks for your comment on my dresser. :) Yes, you absolutely can feature it- thank you!!

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  25. It looks fantastic Lauren! Fabulous job!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party. I will be featuring this tomorrow! :)

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  26. Wow... you chose the perfect piece of furniture for this type of industrial make over.
    I like the lettering. I've done a similar method with stenciling too.
    I also like the faux paint job...it almost looks like old painted metal. The Hex nuts and rope- very clever!
    via CCC,Pat

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  27. Love this! Beautiful job, I love Industrial Chic.

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  28. Gorgeous! Love your lettering you did on the fronts! What a great conversation piece.

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  29. Absolutely fantastic! I love everything about it...the lettering, words, colors, etc. Great job! Just found your blog and so happy I did...I'm a new follower. I look forward to more of your creativity.

    Stop by and say hi when you can!

    Pat

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  30. Lauren that makeover is awesome! Love the pulls! :D THREE MANGO SEEDS

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  31. I love love love this. I wonder what my husband would say if I paint a whole bunch of industrial words all over something in our house. I can picture his eyes rolling.....ok, I'm in. Your newest follower: me!

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  32. I'm pretty sure this needs to come to my house! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

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  33. great looking chest of drawers! super tute!

    gail

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  34. This is so cool!!! Awesome vision. This is inspiring me to look at my hobby storage with a completely different eye - not what it is now, but what it could be. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thanks for stopping over Deb, i do that all the time now as well!

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  35. love it!! I am hosting a giveaway to win a 50 dollar giveaway to the store HomeGoods. Would love for you to stop by My Dream Canvas. It will be nice to connect with you. Have a great week!!

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  36. Looks GREAT!
    You're my inspiration...
    For sure!

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    1. Thanks so much Crystelle, and thanks for stopping by to check it out!

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  37. Girl you constantly outdo yourself with great work and imagination. Love to come and see what you are up to because you inspire me! Not too many people do you know.

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  38. Lauren...that is FAB! Great job!

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    1. Thank you so much Susan, and thanks for visiting,
      lauren

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  39. this is fantastic...you've inspired me to give my son's dresser a big boy feel...now to seek out some carbon paper!
    Love the pulls too, ingenious!

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  40. This is GREAT! Love it love it love it. I like using the carbon technique - it's great when using dark paints. Harder with light paint because it colors your paint...

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  41. Lauren- This is fantastic and I love the simple transfer technique! This one I can do! Love, Love, Love this one.
    Kim@reposhture

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  42. This is just so tres magnifique! I don't know what is wrong, I have signed up twice to get your blog in my feedburner and I am still not getting it. I am sure I am doing something wrong, but I just saw this at another blog, and I am in love, then felt sorry for myself that I have been missing your posts again. Third time has to be a charm. Have a great weekend. -K

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  43. Hi Lauren, I just love what you did to this piece! It's my pleasure to feature you in my Fabulous Friday Favorites today. Thanks so much for linking up!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  44. Nice design made by you Lauren,I must say you have done appreciable work.You are sharing very nice and important of furniture!

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