Thursday, July 06, 2006

Jungle redux

Oh I forgot to mention that Tony and I finally got the dresser finished for the littles' Jungle Room. We stripped and sanded and all that and eventually got bored of sanding and just primered the darn thing. Tony put on two coats of primer, then a couple coats of khaki paint.

You see, to fit the jungle theme, we decided that their dresser should look like a trunk or crate that has been hauling items to their expeditions. So we painted the dresser khaki and printed out a variety of travel stickers from exotic locales-- the internet is great for this kind of thing, we found some excellent "stickers" from Cairo, Casablanca, the Queen Mary, Mexico, and other far-flung destinations. We cut the travel stickers out and glued them to the front of the newly-painted dresser, tossed about like they'd been carelessly slapped on by some dockworker. Tony found five cool maps on the 'net, New Guinea, the Amazon, the Congo, Madagascar, and Africa itself, printed them and cut them out, and then glued them to the top of the dresser as if they'd been left there by someone who was deciding on the next destination. All the maps and stickers were then coated with spray-on polyurethane.

The last touch was stenciling-- Tony stenciled on the words "FRAGILE" on one side, "HANDLE WITH CARE" on the front, and a "USA" in one corner, in black paint. It really completed the look, making it look amazingly like an old crate. He put plain unfinished wooden knobs on all the drawers, making it look nicely rustic. And it looks . . . great. I am amazed how well it came out, really.

So the jungle explorers now have somewhere to stow their gear. Now if only they would do it!