A Little Taste of Paris – mini tutorial

As a little girl, I always wanted to visit France. Isn’t that normal? In high school, when my grandmother begged me to take Spanish as my foreign language requirement, (I never did pick it up quite right growing up), I chose french instead. What?! It’s romantic!

Anyway, I fell in love with this project because it gave me a chance to create a little piece of France myself.

Here’s the Before picture of the little night-stand.

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Of course, it had all three drawers, but i’m a terrible photographer and blogger so I had already started my project before It occurred to me that I should take pictures. Meh.

I opened up word, and from my heart, typed up a little story about my hubby and my 4 month old son. After I was through, I used Google translate to translate the text into French. (This took a few back and forth translations as of course, not every sentence matches perfectly). Then I printed out 7-8 copies.

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I set the oven to 395, and then made a cup of Earl Gray Black tea using only half the mug instead of a full 8oz. I just wanted the color to be a little stronger. Please keep in mind,

I AM IN NO WAY A TEA STAINING PAPER EXPERT PERSON THING

I simply did what I thought would work and ran with it.

Anyway, I crumbled the paper into a ball and dunked it into the tea, then carefully, opened the soggy paper back up onto a cookie sheet layered with parchment paper. After it was fully open on the sheet, I squeezed the tea bag onto the paper to create darker wet spots, and then put it in the oven for about 6-10 minutes so the paper could soak up the color.

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Let it dry overnight, or at least until its dry to the touch.

Once the pages were dry, I tore them into smaller pieces and decoupaged them onto the drawers using Mod Podge.

MAN. I LOVE THIS STUFF.

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Once the drawers were dry and set, they looked pretty cool.

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Add some paint to the body, decoupage a giant Eiffel Tower across the drawers, throw on your painted knobs, and adore her beauty.Voila! C’est Magnifique! (See, I told you I took French.)

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Thanks for Reading. :)

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