Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Very Hungry Caterpillar Dresser

Rhett has turned into a little bookworm. 
Which I am SO grateful for because  for awhile I was pretty sure he thought books made better flying projectiles than reading material. 

(Those are the days I lock myself in the bathroom for 2 minutes to regain sanity. Seriously.)

But one of his favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and that became my inspiration for this dresser. 

It started out as a nasty retro piece. I admit I bit my lip and grimaced when I saw it.

But I went ahead and brought it home. 
I figured that either the retro shape would make it or break it.  

I think it made it. :)

I admit I was REALLY super nervous to try and hand paint the illustrations. 
We made our own stencils and printed them on bond paper. 

Here are a few tips I learned about painting images with a stencil. 
  • Dry brushing is so important. Layering the paint helps give it dimension. 
  • Use your fingers! It helps with shading. 
  • Don't worry about it being perfect. Mostly because you'll drive yourself crazy. :)

Rhett wants me to get off the computer and read to him. 

Any guesses what book he chose? :) 

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  1. This turned out awesome! SO perfect for a kids room :)

  2. Wow! That turned out amazing! What type of hardware will you be using for the drawers?

  3. This looks so great! Do you have any before pictures of it? I love the shelf on the top.

  4. How fun! I think this is one of your best, I love the personal touches. It makes the piece.

  5. I think this is your best piece. If I was a teacher now, I would totally buy it for my classroom. You've outdone yourself my dear!

  6. this is so much and a great way to learn as well.
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  7. julia, that is just so fun! i love eric carle's designs and colors!

  8. This is so cute, Julia! I'd love this for my future kid, whenever s/he comes.

  9. Very Cute!!!! I just made a chest of drawers with paintings on it. Look at it at Let me know what you think. Teresa

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  11. I love that! My little guy loves that book too but we just made play doh shapes! :)

  12. I think this piece is so sweet and would look cute in any child's room. Julia really has the talent of taking an old piece of furniture and turning it into something beautiful and adorable. All I can say is "WOW!" Way to hit a home run in your business Julia!

  13. Very nice furniture. I love the simplicity of it. and the colors you used. For an easy moving that furniture, you should use furniture gliders. It enables even the heaviest of furniture to move easily and silently over any internal smooth floor including Carpet, Wood, Laminate, Marble, Tiles and Lino, whilst remaining stable for everday use.

  14. Oh, WOW!!! That looks fanTAStic! I'm so impressed...what a cool piece of furniture! My son loves that same book...and doesn't want me on the computer Would you share this here?

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  17. this is soooooooo precious! your little man has great taste!! this is going to be one of my features on tuesday at my linky party!!

  18. Wow! Nice artwork. I hope I could do that on my kids cabinets on their new room. It's so artistic! Thanks for sharing!

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