Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

I pulled out a bin from the garage the other day that was full of craft items; a pillow form, a costume that had been cut out, small jars of shells, thread, and a partially painted paper mache dress form, among other things.  I had wanted to do something with the dress form a long time ago. If I remember correctly, I ended up giving it to one of my little ones to paint because they wanted something to do.  Every time I start a craft I get bombarded from my kids to also do crafts. I end up letting them use all of my supplies plus I end up helping them more than I get my own crafting done. Believe me, I’m not complaining because I know someday it will stop and I will miss it.

So…this dress form needed a fix. When I took it out of the bin it was half painted. Finishing the black paint job, I then gave it a coat of gold.

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

Bad pic, sorry.

 

My thought was for flecks of the gold to show through so I brushed on my crackle medium and let the piece dry overnight. I painted over that with a buttermilk color. Watching paint dry is boring but I love to see the crackling happen when I use it.

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

I went digging for a small wooden candlestick I knew I had thrown in another bin.  It was already painted black but really rough. I sanded it down and repainted it. The dress form was too top heavy for the candlestick. I drilled a hole, about a quarter inch wide in the bottom of the dress form to fill it with sand.  I put about 3/4 of a cup of sand in it and used E6000 glue to adhere the two pieces together.

Finally, I get to decorate it. I printed out “Fabrique en Paris” and transferred it onto the back of the form with graphite paper and then filled it in with an ultra fine black sharpie.

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

 

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

I found a burlap ruffle, decorative tacks, and little muslin flowers at Hobby Lobby. The flowers were so plain once I started placing them onto the dress form.  I took a sharpie to the petals and colored the tips of some of them.  I actually tried a few colors until I settled on the light brown. As you can see above, the other colored flowers are back in the bag.

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

The burlap ruffle I put on with the tacks. The tacks were hard to bang into the papier mache. That stuff is sturdy.Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

Here is my final dress form. I would love to make a larger one sometime to stand in the corner of my bedroom.

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

Decorative Bureau Top Dress Form

 

 

 

 

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  1. Aren’t stored boxes the best for finding new project inspiration? It’s so much fun to open them up and see what has been tucked away…just like going shopping without having to spend any $$!

  2. You really have transformed this dress form into a beautiful ornament! Love how you’ve made it look so pretty. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul. Hope to ‘see’ you again this week!

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