Recently a blogger, describing a project that was giving her some difficulty, used the phrase “I enjoy a good challenge.”
That sounded good – character building even – encountering problems and through patience and skill rising above them.
And I suddenly realized something.
I do not, in fact, “enjoy a good challenge.”
No, I prefer to get an idea, know exactly how to do it, execute it quickly and then sit back, eat ice cream and bask in my own cleverness.
(The fact that this never happens is completely beside the point. It also does not stop me from eating ice cream.)
So, a while ago my sister sent me a picture of a dresser made up to look like an old camera and I was intrigued.
I know what you’re thinking, “old cameras?! David! We never saw this coming! Who knew you liked old cameras?! You have so many layers! You’re just an endlessly mysterious onion of a person”
Any you are correct but you really might have had a just few hints…
Anyway, the creator of the awesome bureau is very talented (you really should check out her blog) and quite an artist. She hand-painted the camera graphic which is super cool.
But sounds kinda challenging.
So I had to figure out the easy, cheaty way to make my own version.
I wasn’t totally sure my plan would work so I was pretty happy when I found that Michaels sells little, tiny “starter bureaus.” Perfect!
I grabbed a vintage camera and got to work.I snapped a high resolution picture of my camera, resized it to the dimensions of the bureau and printed it out.
I then I cut the little knobs off the bureau.
(I also then lost the little knobs and later had to dig through the trash to find them. Challenging!)
The only problem was that the drawers had spacers between them and if i just painted them black it would break up the camera graphic too much. So I tried it this way:
I removed the drawers, ran a bead of Mod Podge around all the edges and adhered the photo in place.Once it had really dried I carefully ran my knife around all the openings so that I had sections that were the size of the drawers. Then I mod podged those sections into place on the drawer fronts and trimmed away any excess.
Once it was dry I sealed it with more Mod Podge.
After recovering the wayward knobs (and feeling my character build in the process) I “painted” them with a sharpie and stuck them on with some E-6000 glue.
I also painted the sides and back of the bureau black and gave it a light sanding for a slightly distressed look.And there you have it. Not too challenging. My character remains relatively shallow and I feel that ice-cream is within my grasp!
Bonus: I have a tiny, little dresser that looks like a camera!
So, since that worked now the quest is on for a real-sized piece of furniture to work on. I don’t know that I want an entire dresser (I also don’t need a new dresser) but perhaps I could replace my sofa end tables? That would look kinda cool I think.
UPDATE: I’ve been asked if I could include my picture of the Brownie so that others can make this project. If you right click on the link below it should give you a high resolution PDF of the front of the camera. Brownie Camera Graphic