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Furniture Transformation using a Projector

I’ve got a little guest post to share today, enjoy a little furniture transformation!

Hey Capturing Joy readers!! I’m so overjoyed to be guest-posting here today! Kristen is one of my faves!

My name is Beth from Sawdust and Embryos, where the hubs and I talk about all things DIY (with an emphasis on furniture transformations)! We’ve also been known to mention our struggle with infertility and the joys of raising twin toddlers! It’s pretty much always a party… and we hope you’ll stop in and snoop around!

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Today, we wanted to share with you one of our all-time favorite projects.

We started out with a seriously clunky dresser that our friend wanted us to beautify so she could use it as a changing table in the nursery. Here’s the dresser and the bedding she wanted us to coordinate with:

Before Dresser and fabric inspiration

Those hefty/chunky dressers are a dime-a-dozen, and we had our work cut out for us to make this thing shine!

We started by filling those outdated carved-out designs with wood-putty, and sanding till it was perfectly smooth and flush.

Using Wood Putty {Sawdust & Embryos}

Using Wood Putty {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, we primed with Kilz, and painted using Krylon Peek-a-boo. At this point, it was a VAST improvement… but still nothing special. And that just won’t do!

Krylon Peek-a-boo Blue {Sawdust and Embryos}

I took the Joel Dewberry fabric from the bedding above, and scanned and cropped around one of the flowers.

Joel Dewberry Fabric {Painting Tutorial by Sawdust and Embryos}

Using this image, I traced the flower onto a transparency. (You can get these at any office supply store)

Trace the design on a transparency, and project image onto furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Next, I used my projector to blast the image onto the dresser asymmetrically, and traced it on with a pencil.

NOTE: Almost all public libraries have these projectors that they loan out for FREE! No excuses!

Using a Projector to paint beautiful Designs on Furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Using a Projector to paint beautiful designs on Furniture {Sawdust & Embryos}

I picked up some little acrylic craft paints that coordinated with the fabric.

Painting Furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}

Finally… I started painting! I’m not going to lie, this took a full afternoon… and at least 3 coats. Don’t attempt a project this intricate if you’re feeling anxious or hostile. It’s not a good therapeutic project, if you know what I mean. It’s not hard, just time consuming.
Using a Projector to paint designs on furniture { Sawdust and Embryos}
We just love how it turned out… totally worth the hours spent! And it’s so unique, yet perfectly coordinates with the nursery bedding fabric. BOOyah!
Using a projector to paint AMAZING designs on furniture {Sawdust and Embryos}
We used the original hardware, and just primed and painted it white.

Using a projector to paint AMAZING designs on furniture... {Sawdust and Embryos}

Not a bad before/after shot, eh?

Another AWESOME before and after furniture project from SAWDUST AND EMBRYOS!

We hope that you’re inspired enough to give this technique a try for yourself!

Thanks so much for having us, and feel free to stop over to our blog Sawdust and Embryos and say hello!blank-001


Wow, what a transformation, indeed! I love anything painted colorful and bright! Thanks, Beth, for guest posting today.

When you head to Beth’s blog, check out her awesome projects on her sidebar. You can also find Beth on facebook and pinterest.

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  1. Wow, that is a shocking transformation! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Words cannot express how much I love this! Just gorgeous!!

  3. Joanna Sigman says:

    So cute! Great idea.

  4. Can you tell me how you fixed the drawers? I have a chest of drawers to fix up, and it’s missing the bottom drawer – similar to the before pic of this dresser (which I totally heart!). Thank you for the beautiful post!

    • April, we actually found the missing drawer, so we didn’t have to rebuild it. It can be a tricky thing trying to make a new drawer look exactly like the old ones, especially if there’s detail to match. Maybe you could take out the drawer next to it too, and have baskets go all the way across? That would be cute and look intentional… just a thought!

  5. Wow, I actually liked the picture of the first furniture (aside from the missing drawer) but the final result is absolutely stunning! I’d be curious to know home much time she took to achieve such a result!

  6. This is absolutely beautiful!!! I’m interested to know what that blue color is called… In love with it:)

  7. Wow! This is gorgeous! Inspiring! Thanks for posting! Just what I need to repurpose my old dresser….have enjoyed looking around your blog! found you through a link party….would love for you to visit me @

  8. the design looks so awesome! Thank you for sharing this!


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