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Rock Star Decal Furniture Makeover Before And After

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Tutorial: Rock Star Decal Furniture Makeover Before And After

Furniture decals or transfers are a big thing right now. There are special sticky rub on transfers and then there are the peel and stick decals that are made for walls and other items. The decal I used is peel and stick and probably is not meant for furniture but you guys know me. I’m a rebel.

Rock Star Decal Furniture Makeover Before And After

Peel And Stick Rock Star Decal

What do you do when you have a plain white slate? Just about anything you want to. What the piece looked like before……

furniture before Petticoat Junktion

…..came from my favorite junk shop just like this. The price was great although I can’t remember exactly what it was. I knew when I purchased the chest that I would just leave it painted white and do something about the knobs and maybe do a bit of distressing.

Then I got to thinking about decals or stencils or maybe a bit of metallic spray paint on the drawers? I decided to have a look around at one of the craft/hobby stores.

rock star decal Petticoat Junktion

I found the peel and stick décor decal at Hobby Lobby. The decals were all on sale for 66% off and it was less than $10. I liked the colors and the coolness. Perfect for a teenagers bedroom.

spray painting hardware Petticoat Junktion

I decided to spray paint the hardware first so it could be drying. I removed all of the shiny brass knobs and gave them a coat of flat black spray paint. I used flat black because I didn’t want shiny knobs to take the focus off of the “Rock Star”. Shiny hardware would compete with the decal for attention. The spray paint is the $1 kind from Walmart.

decal decor rock star Petticoat Junktion

I cleaned the chest with Simple Green then distressed the edges of the drawers and the chest casing. Underneath the white paint is yellow paint. You can see it peeking through just a little.

placing rock star decal Petticoat Junktion

I positioned the decals the way I thought the looked best. Next I cut the guitar decal so it would fit only on the drawer fronts, not any of the decal on the casing.

I stuck the decals on and they worked great except on the edges where I curved the decal over the top and bottom of each drawer. The decal adhered fine on the flat surface but  not over the curved edges of the drawer front. I dabbed a bit of glue to the top and bottom edges of the decal so they would lay down on the curved drawer edges.

furniture makeover perfect for a rock star Petticoat Junktion

And that was that. How perfect is the chest now?? I love it. patting myself on the back.

rock star decal furniture project Petticoat Junktion

I usually stencil when I want to add a bit of flair to a piece but I like this alot. I have a complete step by step tutorial showing how to add depth and dimension to a stencil design and it’s so easy. The finished design doesn’t look flat or blah. The technique doesn’t require layered stencils and you can get the look with any stencil. Find the tutorial here….How To Stencil Like A Pro | Layering Paint Colors

What do you think? Is this piece a Rock Star? Leave a note!

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As always, thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Oh my goodness Kathy, this is great!! You always have fresh creative ideas. I just love it.

  2. I can’t draw worth a lick either, hence the decal. How about stenciling or if you know someone with a Cricut or Silhouette they can make decals.

  3. Looks great! Do you know of any place that might make custom decals at a reasonable price? I can’t draw worth a lick but I have some great ideas for decorating a plant stand I’m painting!

  4. I always wanted to something like this but never had a piece of furniture to do it on. This is really cool. Did you have to do anything to help seal it or anything so no edges would accidently come lose and curl up.

  5. I love how fun this is, Kathy! On the day I came to visit this post originally, my computer froze and I never made it back to comment. I think about it every time I see you on FB. Silly I guess, but I just wanted to let you know how cool I think this turned out. My son would love this for his room! XOXO

  6. I just love this project! Thank you so much for linking up at Redouxinteriors, featuring tomorrow!

  7. Oh my, Kathy – you ARE a rockstar! I totally thought you painted that guitar and vinyl in that size at Hobby Lobby? I’m thinking I need to plan a trip over there tomorrow just to go check it out (along with a list of about 50 other beauties!) Have a great week!

  8. Kathy you never cease to amaze me. What a creative idea- I know there’s a rocker out there who will absolutely love this! Such a cool piece.

  9. You rocked it! That decal was perfect for that funky little dresser. Great job, Kathy! 🙂

  10. What a fun and creative way to make a rockin’ dressier 🙂 Great job, Kathy-as usual!!
    Happily pinned 🙂

  11. At first glance I thought you hand painted the guitar on and I was going to be SO impressed! haha. But it’s still amazing 🙂 So creative!

  12. Kathy girl, you are a rock star! And so it that hot dresser! What a cool, creative way give it a big personality. Love it!

  13. Amazing! I love this decal with the white paint and I’ll bet you’ll sell it very quickly. This is a fun makeover!

  14. kathy had me fooled i thought you painted it also or at the least stenciled ha ha, this is definitely some teenagers dream you do rock xx

  15. You rocked (pun intended) this one Kathy! And yes, I did think you painted the guitar and letters until I read further. Love what you did with this dresser!

  16. You rocked it! LOL Seriously, I love this makeover. I’ll bet it flys out the door really fast at your shop too! Love the out of the box idea for the decal too:)

  17. Love the white chest with the decal. Also the feed sack chair is a must have! Need to visit my feed store soon. Thanks for all blogs.