Tuesday, May 6, 2014

French Dress Form Makeover

Giving a dress form a new look
with an old easy to do finish.
Last year when I updated our guestroom,
I also decided to antique the dress form in this room.
inspired me for this makeover at the time.
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 paint,
watered down and then lightly scrubbed over the form
using a cotton t-shirt.
Previously I hand painted the form
right over the damask fabric. I shared this in another post
a few years ago.

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

French graphics from The Graphics Fairy.  
Transferred on the form 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 words 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.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great spring day.
Smiles and Southern DayDreams!
Celestina Marie


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It's just beautiful, Celeste! I love the antique look you gave the whole base and then the graphics you added. It definitely looks vintage! The added lace at the bottom is a nice touch as is "her" sash. : )

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Lovely Celestina! Whenever I see the dress form I created it always puts a smile on my face! I WILL one day, however, splurge and buy one of those antique dress forms with the cool wire cage at the bottom!!!

Sola Scriptura said...

How pretty! I really like the crocheted collar and vintage pearls!!

Julie Marie said...

Oooh la la Celeste!... she is absolutely beautiful... love all the pretty changes you made... the crocheted collar and vintage pearls are exquisite!... xoxo Julie Marie

Down Blueberry Lane said...

Absolutely adorable!! You always do great work with your painting. Too bad you aren't closer I'd try to take some lessons.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

She is absolutely beautiful!

Valerie-Jael said...

What a wonderful alteration, this piece looks so elegant, you would never know it wasn't an original antique! Fantastic work! Hugs, Valerie

Jan Hermann said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love the mannequin and the French Makeover!

Donna said...

Oooh, la, la! She is gorgeous! Love the transformation you gave her, and all of her wonderful accessories. Does she have a name?

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...


Anonymous said...

How very pretty. You are so talented and creative. Have a great evening.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your lady is very lovely and you really did a wonderful job on her. Does she have a name?

Denise said...

Wow, that is really lovely.

Debbie Harris said...

She is a beauty in deed! I love the lace and pearls, ooh so sweet. Those lace curtains behind her are quite pretty as well. :-) Beautiful job.
Blessings to you

cynthia lee designs said...

So pretty!! I have a vintage dress form that I got from a friend's shop that was going out of business. The fabric is coming off and needs replaced. Thanks for posting about yours...it gives me some inspiration.

Kathy said...

I adore the sash and crochet collar, nice touches!!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Perfect! Love all the extra steps with the paint and stencil. The sash, collar and necklace make it so special.

1CardCreator said...

She looks beautiful, love the sash! ~Diane

Nancy said...

Celeste the form turned out Beautiful!! Have you ever named her? My forms are all Old Fabric Ones, don't think a overall paint job would be too much appreciated~

Huggs, Nancy

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

Ooh-la-la! Your dressform is tres chic ma belle!! Love the look - anything Frenchy penetrates my heart. You did a truly fabulous job on this Celeste!

Bisous, Edie Marie

Createology said...

And as lovely as she is I missed her name. Tres Chic with your special touches. Creative DressForm Bliss Dear...

farmhouse-story said...

she's gorgeous, celeste! now she needs a name:)

living from glory to glory said...

Hello Ceelste, I am just having a ball looking around your lovely blog! So lovely! I am so excited to see your creative touch! I think you must have the gifting of making all things more beautiful.
I want to thank you for your kind words!
Blessings, Roxy

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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..