I pinned this image months ago from Completely Coastal, just aching to recreate it — or something like it — for myself. (It’s well worth a visit to this webpage for more nautical inspiration!)
The inspirational piece was created by Kim Teasdale of The Painted Poppy Studio of Nanaimo, British Columbia.
I had been keeping my eye open for the perfect dresser for a long while. But then just after Christmas, it came to me! Ah ha! I have a dresser already! It’s been under my nose in the guest room all this time!
Now, it’s not the same size or shape as the inspirational piece, but it was my favourite price (free!). And I had the paint on hand: Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Greek Blue, Florence, and Pure White.
First, I wiped down the entire piece with a spray on liquid deglosser – Natura Safe Sand – that I picked up at the local Home Hardware. It was simple to use–I just followed the instructions–and gave me a surface that the paint could adhere to. Then I did a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Pain in Pure White.
I topped that with two light coats of Greek Blue. Then, using a rag, I smeared a few wavy lines of Florence (green) horizontally across the top, front, and sides of the dresser to add some depth, and give the background an ocean-y feel.
Next came the hard part! I downloaded a free image from a royalty free website, and with some assistance from the helpful folks on the Cricut Create Canada facebook site, I turned it into a stencil using my Cricut Air Explore 2.
It took a couple of evenings, and lots of patience to get to this point:
Before applying the paint, I first put down a layer of Mod Podge Matte. This helps to keep sharp edges on the stenciled image. When that was dry, I used Pure White to paint the octopus image.
The next part is my favourite – sanding, distressing, and waxing! I adore watching the transformation from perfection to perfectly wonderful, using just instinct. This is where the art takes over. With a sanding sponge, I knocked off some paint to reveal the white underneath along the edges where normal wear and tear would occur. Then I rubbed dark wax into the edges, corners, and ridges. The final finish was two coats of hand-rubbed clear wax.
I struggled a bit with decisions on the hardware. I tested white porcelain knobs, and considered something fancy – a nautical looking specialty knob, or a sea glass coloured knob – but ultimately, I went with the original knobs that I retained, and I could NOT be happier with the way it turned out!