MCM Dresser - Home Show Challenge!

MCM & a GREAT CHARITY!

When the Toronto Home Show Challenged me to take part in the 6th Annual Upcycle Challenge I, of course, said yes! It raises money for the Habitat for Humanity Restore Programmes across the GTA and raises awareness of the exceptional work they do.

So, for you to enjoy, here is my entry. 

 The 'After'

The 'After'

Of course, I was honored to be asked, and said 'Yes' immediately!

For those who don't know, the Home Show folks invite emerging Decor & DIY experts to take part in the Annual Upcycle Challenge. See who else is participating here.

For 2017, the challenge was 'From Runway to Home'. Sounds simple right? WRONG!

 That was the Challenge - From Runway to Home!

That was the Challenge - From Runway to Home!

The pressure was on - each piece will be on display at the Toronto Fall Home Show and available for a ‘buy it now’ price in support of Habitat for Humanity GTA. Oh my!

Well...this is what I started with!

 Gunky Yellow Varnish!

Gunky Yellow Varnish!

 Lots of repair work required!

Lots of repair work required!

The main reason for the challenge is to support Habitat For Humanity GTA, Re-store, Find out all the great stuff the Habitat for Humanity gets up to here.

We were given this picture as our guidance. There is some pretty cool stuff here...and of course there are some AMAZING participants!

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So here is what I did. First I decided on my FASHION INSPIRATION:

The classic Coco Chanel quote, 'Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance'.
 Being something of a 'Classic' myself, it seemed appropriate!

Being something of a 'Classic' myself, it seemed appropriate!

These words were my starting point.

Now you may think - that isn't 'RUNWAY' - well guess where the runway started? Yup!

I looked for a beautifully made piece of furniture with clean lines. I found just the piece at North York Restore.

BEFORE: This very heavy, solidly built dresser was covered in grungy yellowish varnish. There were a number of surface issues and needed a lot of repairs. 

 Lots of repairs were needed -but boy was it worth the effort!

Lots of repairs were needed -but boy was it worth the effort!

Inspiration Picture:

I knew that colour was going to be key, and what could be more stylish or elegant that the little black dress? Cate Blanchet, to me, an icon of elegance, came to mind.

Isn't she lovely...hmmm turquoise...gold...copper...

 Stylish. Classic. Beautiful.

Stylish. Classic. Beautiful.

Her beautiful 'LBD' with turquoise accessories was the one - stylish, simple and showcasing her natural beauty. The perfect inspiration for this challenge!

Time to get to work!

I started by giving the dresser a good clean, then removed the brass handles. Next it was time to sand those drawers. I had no idea what lay beneath...and WOW was I amazed!

 Look what happened what I treated the top draw to some Hemp Oil!

Look what happened what I treated the top draw to some Hemp Oil!

 A scuff all over the body and remove the handles!

A scuff all over the body and remove the handles!

Next was adding the 'LBD' part of my design. I opted for 'Coal Black' from Fusion Mineral Paint - it is a true black and one coat is usually enough!

I actually added 2 coats - simply because I noticed a spot where I had not sanded my repair smoothly enough.

What a difference a Black Dress makes to classic lines!

 Adding the 'LBD'

Adding the 'LBD'

 I just love the finish thIs Black paint Achieves1

I just love the finish thIs Black paint Achieves1

Next it was on to the drawer fronts. I LOVE a bit of interest on these dressers and I knew that if I could achieve a mottled finish on my Brass Handles (thank you Heinz Tomato Ketchup!) I would be adding some Azure and Gold and Copper Leaf - to mimic Cates Necklace.

 I even added a little surprise on the sides of the drawers. Only seen when opened!

I even added a little surprise on the sides of the drawers. Only seen when opened!

So out came the Frog Tape and the Azure Fusion Mineral Paint. Check out my little video and watch the tape come off!

I LOVE using tape to create a straight line! My top trick is to seal the tape with water. You can see on the video where I didn't let it dry. Never mind!

As well as taping off the Azure areas, I created triangles using a custom stencil.

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 Add a Stencil and Leaf Size.

Add a Stencil and Leaf Size.

I filled the triangles with Martha Stuart Leaf Size (glue). After 20 minutes it was ready for me to apply the Gold and Copper Leaf. I bought mine at a craft store. You can get fantastic leaf flakes HERE

Next it was a simple case of applying the liquid gold that is Hemp Oil to the wooden drawer fronts. I used Homestead House Hemp Oil.

 See how the Hemp Oil Feeds the Wood!

See how the Hemp Oil Feeds the Wood!

 I LOVE her!

I LOVE her!

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The wood, hidden under the yellow varnish, took my breath away and finishing it with Hemp Oil really brought out the beauty. Solid brass handles were given a treatment to create a riddled Gold and Copper Patina.

Adding Azure paint and a mix of Gold and Copper Leaf completed the look.

Perfectly inspired by the LBD! Classic yet fun!

The Dresser will be available to buy at the TORONTO FALL HOMESHOW and can be seen in the UPCYCLE CHALLENGE Area! There will be a public voting for the winner on Social Media -  I will keep you posted!

Have a great day!

Fiona XOXO

UPDATE

I WON!!!

Yes I did! I could hardly believe it. Thank you everyone who voted for me!