The products used for this project were generously provided by Country Chic Paint but the genuine opinions expressed are completely my own.
Remember this dresser that I picked up a few weeks ago that was in such bad shape that even MY OWN MOM tried to convince me not to buy? Well… here is how it was transformed into a Rainforest inspired dresser complete with a mischievous monkey! When I saw this dresser, even though I was drawn to its beautiful size and lines, I thought twice about whether I wanted to lug it home or not because it was in such bad shape. My inability to let it end up in a landfill won out though and I brought it home and fixed it. (read about how easy it really was to fix the veneer here)After the veneer was fixed and the surface was nice and smooth, I gave the entire dresser two coats of Country Chic Paint in Rustic Charm. The gorgeous, fresh, green colour was the perfect backdrop for my Rainforest inspired dresser!Once it was painted, I drew out the vines and monkey in chalk before I painted them. I use this method often (you can see other examples here and here) because it allows me to play around with the design and position it just right before I commit to paint. Then, once it was just right, I used black paint to outline the picture. In order to really make the vines and monkey pop off of the dresser, I wanted to give them lots of texture. Usually I just use paint and a brush to create texture but this time I wanted LOTS so I used some Praline Embossing Plaster from Country Chic Paint. To get the texture I wanted, I used a thin popsicle stick and smeared on the Embossing Plaster throughout the vines and on the monkey’s body.
It is absolutely incredible, once the monkey and the vines were painted, how real and dimensional they look with the added texture. I had so much fun with this piece!
The Embossing Plaster added so much life to the monkey that he seems like he could just jump right off and join in the fun 🙂