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lauracherry
« on: December 29, 2003 12:12:47 AM »

Hey! I'm new here Smiley

I have this placitc dresser-type thing in my dorm room, and I was wondering if any of you had some ideas as to how I may be able to jazz it up a little.

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It's pretty boring at the moment

Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2003 12:44:40 AM »

Here is one post...
http://www.craftster.org/yabbse/index.php?board=5;action=display;threadid=429;start=msg3218#msg3218

I think she just used straight acrylic paint. But her dresser is different. (I have one just like yours, but haven't tried to paint it... yet)
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2003 02:34:55 AM »

i don't have one and have never tried either of these... BUT
maybe tape some pics of family, friends, or pets... and use it kinda like a picture frame/bulletin board
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find old magazine pics, old comics, pretty much just pictures of things that interest you and mod podge it to the outside of the drawers...

hope those suggestions help.  good luck!!!
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2003 08:38:05 AM »

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I have this placitc dresser-type thing in my dorm room, and I was wondering if any of you had some ideas as to how I may be able to jazz it up a little.

You could definitely paint it. And then, line the insides of the drawers with pictures and whatnot, and gloss them down. You might also want to consider using either chalkboard paint or magnetic paint (or both) on the fronts of the drawers or the top of the drawer unit, then you could stick things / draw things on them and redo them whenever you felt like...
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2003 11:06:10 AM »

Try taking a tablerunner and lying it over the piece, so that the top and sides are covered. Then taking matching (or not matching) placemats and either adhere them to the fronts of the drawers or inside the fronts of the drawers.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2003 02:21:07 PM »

 you could modpodge a collage of pictures and cut outs from a magazine... or glue fabric on it
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« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2004 08:26:06 AM »

spary paint it with that new plastic paint
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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2004 08:05:57 PM »

 I'd definately Modge Podge Pictures to it. Make it a personal collage. Add other things as well, for example if you have some pictures of you traveling, stick stamps around it, or pictures from a concert and attach your concert ticket.  adding other items to it (stamps, ticket stubs, small "light weight" items) would definately be fun, I'd try attaching some flat glass marbles also
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2004 09:07:07 AM »

i don't know...if you wanted to do something that didn't look so collage-y and hodge-podgey, since the piece is plastic and not wood...you might try cutting out some shapes from some cool wrapping paper.... you could get one of those large circle punches and cover the whole thing in random pretty, patterny polka-dots...

or, you might try buying those things like they have on filing cabinets that list the contents of specific drawers, you could see if you could get some big ones and screw them on--- then you might make some very cool labels to go in them...

or, you might try getting stencils (letters are always cool) you could spraypaint stencil some of your favorite phrases / poems / lyrics  / whatever all over it.

but since the orig. piece is plastic, it seems like a fresh, modern design for it would look really cool and purposeful..
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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2004 02:27:08 PM »

i think you could make it very pretty and non-cluttered by making horizontal stripes in different colors of electrical tape for the drawer fronts, and either paint the top/sides a solid color or cover in the table runner as already suggested, or with other fabric.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2004 11:32:16 AM »

I'm a big fan of that spray paint that adds a rock type finish to whatever you apply it to.  Maybe you could do the white plastic parts in that and find something to do with the actual drawers to accent it.  Or do the whole thing in it to make it look different.  I'm not completely sure it would stick but an interesting idea.  I like to use the paint for bases to paintings and such since it comes in a variety of colors and pretty close to just being a textured white.  

I like the idea on the other post about the addition of song or poetry lyrics.  Can be really pretty.  Maybe just doing it on the drawers?  Being the sides of the drawers are exposed, you could do a lot of graffiti type things.     Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2004 12:52:25 PM »

you could modpodge a collage of pictures and cut outs from a magazine...

That's what I would do. Grin
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« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2004 01:37:24 PM »

Well, what about band stickers or bumper stickers?

Most are vinyl and will wipe clean if you spill and you can always layer them for a funky look. I'd also recommend getting some fancy trim from a fabric shop and doing the edges with fringe or beaded lace. oooh!
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« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2004 08:08:30 PM »

You can buy plastic containers with flat sides and attatch them with velcro to the sides of the storage unit. You can use them to store pens and pencils, paper clips, crayons, etc. This creates kind of a craft-island. That's what I did after seeing it done for a family room on one of those TLC shows. It works well for children so that they can take the crayon box off and put it back on, it teaches them to pick up after themselves, kids love velcro!
  I also like the spray paint idea, try putting on some heart or star shaped stickers first, or masking some stripes, then peel off after the paint dries, it looks really cool. You can get beaded fringe at walmart for 2.00 a yard, applying that to the top edge or under the handles could look nice.
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