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Originally published Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:01 AM

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Poster art transforms a dresser

Craft: How to turn a plain dresser into a showcase for an art poster.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Give a boring dresser a quick new look by sticking your favorite vintage-style poster right on the front. This design idea can be completed in an afternoon and the results are amazing. One of my favorite things about this project is that you can truly alter a piece of furniture to your personal style and taste.

The dresser used in this project was new from a big-box modern-furniture store and features a flat front. No painting was needed before beginning the makeover on the unfinished dresser.

You may have to prep your dresser. You will need to sand and paint it and remove any hardware.

A poster was used for this transformation, but you could use so many different types of papers. Wrapping paper, scrapbook paper or even fabric can be used to alter furniture.

When selecting a dresser to alter, look for pieces that are in good condition with flat front drawers. Don't worry about hardware, as it can be removed and replaced after the makeover.

Have fun creating a revamped piece of furniture for your home.

Supplies Needed:

Chest of drawers with flat-faced drawer fronts

One poster

Yardstick

Pencil

Rotary cutter

Self-healing mat

Sewing or paper weights

Spray adhesive

Mod Podge

Brayer

Foam paintbrush

Steps:

1. Remove any drawer pulls, if any.

2. Hold the poster up to the chest of drawers and determine and measure where the top of the poster will fall on the top drawer. Measure the height of each drawer and the distance between each drawer.

3. Measure and draw lines to divide the poster into sections corresponding to each drawer and each dividing space between each drawer.

4. Place the poster on the self-healing mat. Align the yardstick on each cutting line, weigh the yardstick and poster down with sewing weights. Use the yardstick as a guide to cut each line with the rotary cutter.

5. Keeping the poster strips in the proper order, apply each poster piece to the corresponding drawer or spacer piece by spraying each strip with spray adhesive and positioning in the center of the dresser section.

6. Use the brayer to flatten the poster and ensure it adheres well. Allow the adhered strips to dry.

7. For an aged effect, use a sanding sponge to slightly sand the edges of the dresser sections.

8. Using a foam paint brush, apply Mod Podge medium to each dresser section to protect it.

Cathie Filian is a lifestyle expert, TV host and craft-book author. Learn more about her on her blog www.cathiefilian.com.

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