Fabric Fancies

On our recent trip to Virginia, Coach and I spent a morning browsing the antique shops of Fredericksburg.  Along with being the site of a famous Civil War Battle, this sleepy little college town is host to dozens of antiques and junque shops. A mecca for us trash to treasure hunters! After a few hours of looking at vintage signs, mid-century modern furniture, crystal punch bowls and old war memorabilia, I happened upon this refurbished dresser. LOVE. Refined Rustic is the look. Vintage fabric with chrome studs and pulls.

And then this one. Southwest style with the leather trim.

But at $600 each, so out of my price range.  I have a couple of old dressers looking for some love, so definitely a D.I.M. project worth considering for this upcoming long weekend. After a bit of research, I found a Pinterest how-to tutorial using Modge Podge by Plaid (typically used for decopage, perfect for adhering fabric to the surface and top-coating it all in one brush stroke.)

The two dressers in the shop had a “fabric” feel and look, not a shiny, hard finish, so I believe that was not the medium of choice. But these dresser ideas certainly could work too! This black and white chest from Better Homes and Gardens  has a similar look as the one in the shop, but with a much smaller price tag.

 Standard Ikea dresser transformed with grey and green florals from Ikea Hackers.

Pretty vintage lines dressed up pretty in pinks.

Colorful and whimsical, perfect for a child’s room from Twice Lovely via Apartment Therapy

Standard chair, wrapped in brilliant stripes would work in modern or country spaces.

Then of course, there is always a VW you could cover!

(Where are people finding these old VW’s, anyway!!?) Adding a pop of color to a country bench draws your eye to a restful corner of your garden. 

Decorating a desk and an older dresser would be the perfect solution for coloring up a crafts corner! 

This gorgeous mirror is definitely a labor of love. Or you can buy it online from London Based company Squint Limited for 1200 pounds. Yikes.

So, definitely adding this project to an ever-growing “to-do” list for the upcoming long weekend. They don’t call it Labor Day for nothing! Susan

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