Sunday, July 13, 2014

Superhero Dresser Commission

I try to sell a lot of my stuff through Facebook groups. I've never had a garage sale in my life, and it kind of terrifies me! This way I can just post photos, and people want them or they don't. Anyhoo, I sold Ethan's old Transformers bedding to a lady from one of these said groups, and she contacted me about a week later wanting a SUPERHERO dresser after seeing my bloggy work!



diy superhero dresser

This was the target. The mission? Superheros fit for a 4 year old superhero in the making! :)




We talked a bit about what she wanted, and I showed her some photos I thought would be good for inspiration. This is the one she liked. So, I used my awesome (sarcasm!) editing skills to come up with a specific idea for her dresser.


I like to think that the finished product looks WAY better! ;)

diy superhero dresser

I did choose to sand this dresser because it was SUPER shiny. I was worried that, even with the bonding primer I use, it might not stay so well. I aired on the side of caution, sanded, primed, painted, and topped the whole thing off with polycrylic (after the decals were on).

diy superhero dresser

Originally, I envisioned using my silhouette machine to cut out the silhouette of each superhero on coordinating cardstock and just have that inside each drawer. However, the insides were very marked up; so, I nabbed some Avengers paper to cover the majority of each drawer.

diy superhero dresser
diy superhero dresser

The decals were relatively simple...after a bit of trial and error! All it took was printing and cutting out each image. Then I used spray adhesive to adhere one to each drawer face. I was sure to top off each image with modge podge for hardness and protection. I know normally that you just use modge podge only to adhere and protect....but it kept wrinkling and looking awful. I have never had good luck with using modge podge as the base. Operator error perhaps, but it took me having to redo 2 before I switched to the spray adhesive base.

diy superhero dresser

It looks WAY better than if I tried to hand paint it all - not to mention faster. I probably could have hand painted it, but it wouldn't have been pretty, symmetrical, and perfect. That would have made me unhappy. :(

diy superhero dresser
diy superhero dresser

What do you think? I hope her kiddo loves it. Even Ethan talked about how awesome it was, and that he might have wanted one a few years ago. Haha, he's too cool for superheros...but he sure was pitching the idea of me making him a Minecraft one!!! lol I guess we'll have to see...

Update: Some of you were asking about the logos I used, so here they are! I used my silhouette studio software to print them since it has a grid option for me to get a more exact size.










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13 comments:

  1. This is Awesome..where did you find the logos..I am having a bit of trouble finding those logos

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Give me just a couple of minutes and I will update the post and insert the logos I used!

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  2. What kind of paper did you print the logos on?

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    1. Honestly, it was just regular old printer paper! I thought about doing cardstock at first, but decided it would be too thick for the mod podge to work well!

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  3. What kind of paint did you use? & I have a brown wooden dresser so would I have to paint it all white and then the blue or just go ahead and paint it blue as shown in the picture?

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    1. Her dresser was just already white. If you're not going to sand it well, be sure and use a good primer like KILZ, then paint it the color you want. Otherwise you can just use paint and primer in one if you sanded it first. I just use Valspar latex paint. :)

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  4. What kind of paint did you use? &I have a brown wooden dresser so would I have to paint it all white and then blue or just go ahead and paint it blue as shown in the picture?

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  5. It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Love it.

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  6. did you just find the logos online & size them on your machine? do you think this could be done with the cricut? i'm a beginner with that machine but i might be able to figure it out if it's possible. i am looking around for ideas for my sons dresser. trying to salvage my old one, save some money.

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    1. Hi Anon! I actually just printed them with a basic PRINTER and hand cut them out. Then mod podge'd the color printed logo right onto the dresser! No fancy machine necessary! :) Hope this helps you save some moolah!

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