This is the first time I’ve painted Harlequins and I love adding Peek-a-Boo designs to my drawers! Check out how easy it is to add this special touch.
Supplies I Used
- Paint colors of your choice: I used DIY paint in Letterpress Gray and Vintage Linen.
- Ruler: I used my acrylic ruler that I had used for my lining of the drawers project, click here.
- Angle paint brush– Here is a example of an angular brush I used for hand painting my harlequins.
- Cardboard or a sturdy paper product to make a diamond shape and scissors.
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A little history
I purchased this dresser over a year ago and she was stripped of her hardware and painted an ugly green with swirls!
I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do with her, but this dresser was in great shape but very ugly and I knew I could change that!
Making my Harlequin template
The side of my drawers measured 6″ and I knew I wanted my template to be approximately 1/3 of the drawer.
In a way, I kind of messed up since I made my template about 3″ instead of 2″.
But I still love how they turned out!
I am not good at math, so this was completely a process of guessing!
I took a piece of card-stock since I wanted my template to be sturdy.
This paper measured approximately 3″ by 3″.
I then folded this paper in half twice so I still had a square.
Then I used my scissors and cut from one corner to the other.
Next, unfold your paper and you should have a true square.
From here, fold it back the way you had it.
Use your scissors again and cut from one corner to the inside of next corner.
You should have a diamond shaped harlequin!
You can repeat this last process until you get the diamond shape you want.
Prepping your drawers
I painted my dresser in DIY’s Letterpress Gray.
As a base coat, I painted my drawer sides in the same color.
I noticed after the paint dried, I had some bleed through of some kind of oil so I applied two coats of Dixie Belle’s Boss primer.
Once this dried over night I was ready to reapply a coat of Letterpress Gray and get started!
As I mentioned earlier, my drawers are 6″ so I measured the midway point with my acrylic ruler at 3″.
Once I had two 3″ measurements marked, I then lined up my acrylic ruler and drew with a pencil a straight line down my drawer.
This marks the midline.
I then used my template and started at the front of the drawer and placed two corners of the template on the line.
Once again, I used my pencil and marked round each side of the Harlequin.
I didn’t worry about drawing the complete Harlequin, I wanted the angles.
Then I used my ruler and lined up where the angles were marked in pencil and drew along the ruler across the entire drawer.
I then repeated this with the other marking.
Once this was done, I used my template again and lined it up on the midline and worked my way down the drawer.
For a clearer picture of how I did this, check my short video below!
I find painting to be very relaxing and this was no exception.
For painting Harlequins, I used an angular brush.
Using an angular brush will make this process easier.
I painted my Harlequins in DIY’s Vintage Linen.
It’s best to start in the corners and work out and use the pointy end of your brush in those corners.
Let the brush do the work for you.
Outline your pencil markings in your paint color of choice first and then paint inside your Harlequin.
For a rustic look, one coat is perfect.
I worked my way down the middle of the drawers painting the diamonds to keep myself from messing up and painting the wrong area!
Even if I had, It would be an easy fix by just repainting my base color over my mix-up!
Each drawer was done the same way.
Sealing my Harlequins
Once my drawers were all embellished, I sealed my drawers with Dixie Belle’s white wax.
White wax over Letterpress Gray gave my dresser an acid-washed denim finish that I love!
And that is it!
click below to see my diy video
My New-to-Me Dresser Blog Posts
Wanna see how I lined my drawers with fabric? Click here!
Click here for how I added decorative moulds to my drawers
Do you love Harlequins? Click here for how I peek a boos to my drawers
Check out how I color coordinated my new-to-me dresser! Click here!
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Hope you have a great week and happy crafting!
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