So I spend an enormous amount of time on Pinterest. It’s pretty addictive once you get started so basically if you don’t have any free time – DON’T go and check it out!!!! My name is Sally Littlestone and I am a Pinterestoholic.
I love it for so many reasons. My dreams for our future houses, ideas of what to cook for our next dinner party (or for those that know me, my dreams of what my husband will cook at our next dinner party!!) but now that I’ve started Revived London it’s also an amazing source of inspiration.
To date, this is probably my favourite project. I was scanning Pinterest one day when I saw this amazing picture. I just fell in love with it. I thought it was so striking but equally such a clever idea.
So I went off and started to work out firstly how I would go about doing this but also with what words.
I had recently just picked up a really large Chest of Drawers which was beautifully made but equally was pretty big and needed something different done to it to make it attractive to both males and females!! I therefore thought this would be a perfect piece.
I initially thought of capital cities but when I started writing down the most famous I thought perhaps it might be better to go with “trendy” cities – it was quite interesting arguing with my husband about which ones got onto the short list. I won obviously!!!
So firstly I printed the cities onto normal paper and set them out to make sure that I had chosen the right font and sizes for the piece.
I then printed the same letters onto sticky back paper. I then poured myself a glass of vino, took a deep breath and set about cutting out with a scalpel every letter perfectly – it took longer than expected but it was actually really therapeutic. Make sure that you do each city separately and put then in different piles because it is a real headache if you were to mix them up by accident!!
I then drew very subtle lines on the chest of drawers to make sure that I lined the letters up correctly. I was quite nervous about sticking the letters on as I really didn’t want to make a mistake and equally I had to make sure that all the letters were stuck perfectly so none of the paint would leak – I used a credit card to smooth the letters out to make sure there were no gaps.
The below picture is as I have started to stick the letters onto the piece. The joy of IPhones (or any smart phones (is that I had taken a photo of when I had stuck the initial paper so I knew which cities went were)
Once they were stuck, I then painted over with the gorgeous Graphite Black. I’ve never been so impatient as I was waiting for the paint to dry but I knew I had to wait properly otherwise it could ruin the whole piece.
The next morning I came downstairs and had the exciting job of peeling the letters off. They came off so easily I couldn’t believe it and the result immediately was truly amazing. I just couldn’t believe it. There had been a bit of smudging but nothing that couldn’t be fixed with a little paintbrush and a bit more paint. It actually blew me away. I couldn’t believe that it had turned out so well.
I haven’t put it up for sale yet as I’m still trying to work out prices however I had a friend over the other day who fell head over heels in love with it and has asked me to commission a dressing table that she already owns and she wants me to do a similar thing but with names such as Chanel, Givenchy and L’Oreal – I can’t wait to get my hands onto it – I’m definitely thinking a more intricate typeface – which should make cutting out even more difficult!!!
So what do you think? Can you think of any other ways to cover furniture with words and lettering – I’ve got so many ideas but just not enough time (yet)!!!
Thanks as always for reading.