Although I had seen Chrissy's gorgeous version on Sunday, I had already decided to use the same paper she did (Chapter 1 Motivate) as the main decoration for the drawers before she brought hers in - so while there are similarities - there are some differences as well....
I started by putting together the chest first and then painting it ( I found that if you paint first the wood seems to swell a bit - and what went together easily in its raw version, requires a bit of brute force when it's been painted) with Kaisercolour acrylic paint in black. I assembled the drawers using Sarah's method of using Glossy Accents up the seams and holding it for a minute or so until it grabbed hold, as I didn't want to cover the backs and sides of the drawers. They were then painted black as well.
I used the absolutely gorgeous Chapter One papers for this one - I must admit that the cool blues and greens on white with black accents are right up my street (almost as much as my favourite red black and white!) - and by sheer coincidence - just happen to match my bedroom and I needed some new storage for my bling!
The main sheet was the Motivate paper which is just the right size for covering the three drawer fronts and the top of the chest (the only bit of waste from this sheet was a tiny strip the height of the 3 drawers and 1/4" wide). I used the equally lovely Flourish paper on the sides, although I did cut it carefully to ensure I got the patterned sections.
Once I had the drawers covered, I bashed the edges with a black inkpad to soften them and blend them into the black sides, and I inked the top piece before I stuck it down. As you can see from the abundance of blooms, (link takes you to the olive ones but i used the sea breeze version too!) wood flourishes and crystal swirls, a lot of Merly's stock found its way into my pizza box over the weekend, although I had a few green crystals left from making the retreat samples so I did use them as flower centres on the paper daisies.
As you can see - I used a wooden lamp post, a swirl, a butterfly and some leaves from the wood flourishes collection - all inked black and stuck on, before going mad with the big bushy roses!
Now that the cabinet is finished I'm going to create some dividers for the drawers so that my bling doesn't end up a tangled mess!
I'm absolutely delighted with my effort - but as I went to post this entry this morning I see that Chrissy has put hers up on the Merly Impressions blog today as well - so you can check hers out (and maybe go shopping while you are there?????)