I picked up this chest of drawers at a mid-summer garage sale.
Finally in the fall, I painted it antique white.
All the while, I attempted to remove the green dragon – a thick green velvety material stuck to the inside of the drawer with an industrial strength adhesive.
I had to get it off. I used scrappers, scissors, adhesive removers, pliers, box cutters and straight razors. They all helped chip away at the green dragon but nothing was very effective.
I took out my orbital sander and sanded some of it off. Green bits went flying everywhere. It was joyous.
Yet, the green dragon still remained.
It was a shell of its former self, but it was still torturing that drawer.
And I just couldn’t get it off.
This dragon had to be slayed and the white paint needed a lift.
Where was inspiration when I needed her?
Well, wouldn’t you know, she was hiding in my fabric stash.
Luckily I’m a bit of a fabric hoarder and I happen to have two yards of a lovely blue and white toile de Jouy, the classic French textile.
Antique and intellectual. They complement each other nicely.
What I love about this piece is it’s history. It’s got bumps and bruises that make me wonder where it’s been and how it found its way to me. I did some minor repairs but left the character building flaws intact.
I applied some distressing techniques to give it an aged French provincial mood.
As for the dragon, well, I had no fight left so I decide to take the high road: I painted it.
Then I cut my beautiful toile and modge podged it the drawer. (I made sure to use something that is easy to remove.)
Bye bye green dragon, hello French beauty.
Look at those curves! She’s stunning indeed.
Where would you put her if she lived at your house?