I couldn’t really think of anything to give my son, Cooper, when he graduated from the University of North Carolina this past summer. I just remember thinking how proud my father would have been. My father, Robert Cooper, was a friend, Cooper’s namesake, uniquely special grandfather, veteran and loving husband. I went through some old photos of Bob (as he was known by) when he was a young boy in Kansas, and found one special black and white that I fell in love with.
I then chose an old chunky four drawer maple dresser that I had in the back of my store, The Mill at Gibsonville in North Carolina, that felt perfect. I measured the dresser and then had the photograph
blown up to poster size at our local camera store (it cost roughly $40) big enough to cover most of the front of the dresser. Here’s a step-by-step so you can create your very own masterpiece:
1) Choose a complimentary American Paint Company color that will blend in with the poster, giving it the effect that the poster and color are blended together. Since I had my photo done in black and white, I chose Lincoln’s Hat as my base color.
Remove the hardware, paint the piece and set aside. Paint any remaining coats as needed and let dry.
2) Lay the piece in a position where you can easily apply Mod Podge adhesive to the surface area where the poster will be applied. Apply a “light” coat to the back of the poster and with a couple of helping hands, apply poster to the piece (from bottom to top) while rubbing out the bubbles, gently, as you go with a wallpaper smoother or other soft straight edge. Some bubbles will naturally remain so don’t worry too much.
3) Giving the poster enough time to dry, use a sharp edged razor or exacto knife (a fresh blade will do the best cutting) and cut along the lines where appropriate. After cutting, where appropriate, remove the drawers and set aside.
4) Apply a healthy coat of Mod Podge over the entire piece (and drawers, if indicated) and while wet, rub the edges of the poster with a sanding block and/or sanding paper to give a vintage effect.
5) After the piece has completely dried, seal your painted wood (and hardware ) with the American Paint Company finish of your choice. Let dry, apply hardware and love.
6) Locate an APC retailer near you by visiting the website at americanpaintcompany.com and clicking on ‘Find a Retailer’ on the menu bar.
“For Cooper, Remember me, Bob”
Post courtesy of Chris Smith from The Mill at Gibsonville in North Carolina