I’m so excited with how this project turned out! And I had Cara back over collaborating on this one, so good times were had all around. 🙂 It all started with a waterfall dresser I picked up at Goodwill for $12. It had certainly seen better days. As you can see, the veneer was coming off in several places on the drawers. Cara and I threw a few ideas back and forth before deciding to do the dresser along with a twin headboard and footboard that Cara had to be a vintage aviator/military bedroom set for a little boy. We were both quite inspired by the “big boy room” that Sarah over at Thrifty Decor Chick had done not-too-long ago for her son. We especially were swooning over the vintage aviation posters she framed and hung on the wall.
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The waterfall style of dresser is very art deco in style, so we wanted something with that kind of feel. AND we needed to camouflage the boo boos on the drawer fronts with some big graphic treatment. I found this poster from World War I (a perfect fit for the art deco style of the dresser) which served as our inspiration, and off we went! We simplified the original poster, so it just reads “Join the Air Service” and we removed the soldiers for a bit of a cleaner look. Cara and I tag-teamed the painting of the poster across the drawer fronts. I did a little bit of distressing and an antiquing glaze, and here’s how it turned out:
It’s difficult to tell in the pictures, but the strip above the drawers and the wavy part below the drawers is painted a bright, shiny, metallic silver. The sides and top of the dresser are gray and the trim is navy. Here’s the matching headboard and footboard. (The bed posts are also the metallic silver…)
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