Monday, May 6, 2013

French Antiqued Dress Form Makeover

Giving this dress form a new look
with an old finish.
Several months ago
as I updated our guestroom,
I also decided to antique the dress form that lives in that room.
inspired me for this makeover.
Visit Carol to read about how her dress forms are making her famous!
You will be inspired too.
I have antiqued many a treasure in my painting journey
and this form was so much fun to makeover.
Starting with a wash of burnt umber
watered down and lightly scrubbed over the form
using a cotton t-shirt.

Fly specked with a stencil brush to give a aged look.

French graphics from The Graphics Fairy.  
Transfer with a blender pen and darkened with a sharpie pen.

Distressed the wood and antiqued the stand.

Crocheted collar with vintage pearls.

Added a french word sash around the waist.

Vintage lace added to the hemline.
Antiqued makeover complete.
It's amazing
what a little water and paint
can do.
Along with
French graphics
and accessories.
I'll be back to share the whole room makeover soon.
Till then,
Have a great spring day.
Celestina Marie
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suziqu's thread works said...

Your dress form makeover Celestina is sooo very impressive.
What a lovely job you have done!
Hugs for a sunny day,

miss flibbertigibbet said...

It looks wonderful! I have one to do and just cannot seem to get to it! Someday I guess! I love the crocheted collar!

Irene Helms Designs said...

She is exquisite Celestina Marie! Can't wait to see the room make-over as well.


Denise said...


Old Time Cindy said...

That is so adorable!
Farmhouse hugs,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's beautiful, Celeste! I love how you darkened the wording with the Sharpie. Faded is nice but these fonts are so pretty they should be seen. Love her sash!

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

She is gorgeous...can't wait to see the rest of the room! Hugs, Penny

Ruth Welter said...

Hi Celeste, this dress form is so pretty with the antiqued finish...beautiful job.


Laura Turner said...

Well, haven't we been up to the same thing this weekend! :-) I love your dressform--I believe we've created girlfriends or cousins. Nice job!

Laura from

Mari said...

She turned out beautiful Celeste my friend ;)
Love it...


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh Celeste thank you for the shout! Your form is perfect, love the French neck and lace. I cannot wait to see your whole room!!!!


Valerie-Jael said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, what a fantastic makeover! You have made a real treasure there! Valerie

Dorthe said...

Oh it is so wonderful,-I love your makeover, ,the umber and the way you added it, looks so gorgeous, and then the spots of dark,and the beautiful add of the collar and the waist bow, makes this such a lovely altered dress form.
A beauty in your room, dear Celestina Marie.
Hugs, Dorthe

Jenna said...

Hi Celestina, Lovin your dress form! Everything you make comes out so beautiful, you have such a talent. I can't wait to see more of your pretties... by the way, the burlap wreath you made Is so pretty. Have a great day! Hugs

Bente said...

Wowwww. The dressform turned out so beautiful. Love it.

Hugs and thank you so much for your visits.

1CardCreator said...

She looks gorgeous, looks like the real thing! You have such a lovely way of knowing exactly what to add to make it look so realistic! ~Diane

izary said...

śwIEtny pomysł, o wykonaniu nie wspomnę :) a szydełkowy kołnierzyk przypomina mi moją babcię :) nosiła taki do uroczystego ubrania :)

cynthia lee designs said...

Your dress form turned out so pretty!! love it!! I have an old one that the fabric is rotting away. I've been trying to figure out how to make her over. I wonder how hard it will be to put new fabric on her.

Donna said...

Oooh, la, la! Your dress form makeover is tres magnifique, Celestina! I love how you have aged her, and added the gorgeous crochet and lace trim. Does she have a name? She looks like a "Colette" to me:)

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

She's gorgeous. I wish we could all look so much better with intentional aging:-) Love the shoes next to her legs.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

ohhhhh, that is almost too fabulous! Celestina, it's beautiful; well done.

Createology said...

Tres Chic and ever so beautiful. What is her name I inquire? I think you and Carol really have the right stuff for transforming these dress forms. Simply Fabulous Darling...

Anonymous said...

Oh C, now this is a true gem! I love her. I have an old fashioned wire frame form with a metal pole and I can't decide for the life of me how I want to do her up. I'm thinking some crepe, fabric flowers tattered.. then I switch to dress her. It'll come as the room comes together I'm sure. Yours though, so very inspiring. Hugs. Tammy

Stampin' VMG206 said...

Beautiful! I love the sash.
I'm visiting you today from Tuesdays at our Home. I co-host a Linky Party Tuesday and would LOVE for you to add this. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog, leave a comment and Link Up, too!
~ Megin of VMG206
Join me each Tuesday for Brag About It Link Up Party

Miss Val's Creations said...

Absolutely beautiful Celeste! My favorite detail is the french word sash. The paint looks gorgeous!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Oh I just love it! So chic! I've always wanted a dress form. I think they are so neat.

Thanks for the sweet comments about my feature! I'm glad you enjoyed it and really appreciate your kindness :)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Celestina, this is so beautiful! What an artist you are. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party which is still live. Here is the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Kadee Willow said...

Oh, my heavens! This is adorable! You might have been inspired by another fabulous blogger but you have made this so "Celeste" looking! I love that wide crocheted collar.. great find. And adding pearls? I'm in heaven!!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Very nicely done. I love the antiquing you did on this dress form, and the sash is totally my style. I would love to know where you found the fabric.

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

You've aged your dressmaker form beautifully! I can't wait to see the room reveal!

Mari said...

Hi my dear friend Celeste, oh my I would not mind being your guest in that gorgeous room ;) it' looks soooo inviting and cozy ;) love every single thing about it ;)


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

She's perfect. You are so creative. Everything you touch turns into a thing of beauty. laurie

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

So pretty! Great aging technique for the fabric. Looks quite authentic!

Tina said...

i love everything vintage

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..