Thursday, March 1, 2012

Mom, I love the cross-dresser!



"Mom, I love the cross-dresser in the basement!" 




Those are the words that my youngest rushed up the basement stairs yelling the other day. I panicked for a minute, thinking first, WHO is in my basement? How am I going to get my kids out of the house safely? And then, how on earth does he even know what a cross-dresser is? I mentally moved out of this neighborhood. Those other kids are terrible influences on my baby!


Then, I remembered that I had just started a Union Jack dresser and had only painted the center "cross section". Whew, that was a big relief! I am not really in the mood to move! But, after the "Is your mom a stripper" incident and then this, I was a little worried! 




I was inspired to paint a Union Jack dresser because my husband is Norwegian. Like 100%, proud Norwegian. His family knows their history, and came over on boats. I have no idea what my family heritage is, except that, someone, somewhere used to live in England. I have decided that I am British. They have great accents, call their mom's "Mum", and eat figgy pudding. I don't know what figgy pudding is, but I wish someone would bring me some! 


I painted this dresser a base coat of ASCP Aubusson Blue and the white is Old White. I sanded these two colors before applying the red. The red is crafty paint, because I remembered Miss Mustard Seed saying that was a good idea to prevent the white from turning pink when sanding. Because I did not want to defile the flag of my people, I used Folk Art paint.




If I ever do another one of these, I will actually measure it out but, I couldn't find a tape measure and I wanted to get started, so I measured it with my laser beam eyes and a scrap piece of fabric (don't ask). I think it turned out swell. Did you hear my accent when I said swell? I am British you know.




So here is Jack. Just Jack. And I love him.






Showing Jack off here this week


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19 comments:

  1. Too funny! But in all seriousness that "cross dresser" is an amazing transformation!

    Cheerio Miss Figgy Pudding. :@

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  2. Dude! You have a very diverse household what with the strippers and crossdressers! Hahahaha- Laughing my behind off. Give that darling boy an extra cookie for helping us all start the day with a grin!

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  3. Beautiful cross dresser! Err umm, I mean dresser!

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  4. I don't want to burst your bubble, because I'd be very happy to have you as a fellow Brit but we rarely eat figgy pudding or say swell. We do however eat toad-in-the-hole and bread and butter pudding (lol) and I think your chest of drawers is absolutely FAB (like all your makeovers)and I won't tell anyone that you're not a Brit - Mum's the word (which means I'll keep quiet about it, like any good Mum would !!!)
    Fiona - south coast of England

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  5. Completely adorable story!!!! Entertaining, yet very impressive!

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  6. I LOVE this!! I have always wanted to paint one, but have been too intimidated. This might have given me the push I need!! I am your newest follower. Stop by sometime!! Sarah

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  7. I want to do one of these so bad, but I'm scared. You make it look easy. Anyhoo...if you get a chance I'd love for you to link up here: http://www.decoratinginsanity.com/2012/03/furniture-friday-7-and-link-party.html
    xo...mONICa

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  8. Oh now that is funny! You did an awesome job on this dresser, I like the new name, it gives it some character.

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  9. Your post made me laugh out loud....that was great! I love the dresser, you did a great job!

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  10. beautiful job! and i love the things my kids also tell friends.... my son's last year of pre-k they made cards for the moms. they card said "my mother wishes for...." and when you opened it there was a picture of what you wished for and the teacher had written it. there was a picture of a person next to a rectangular blog. and it said "a dresser" . the picture was me next to a dresser. his teacher kept asking him if he was sure that was what he meant... ah yes, teacher, he knows me well!

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  11. Fabulous! I'm actually painting my next dresser like this so it's helpful to see how you've done it! Great colors, overall an amazing makeover :-)

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  12. This turned out great! I was excited to see you used Aubusson Blue since I just picked that color up! It was a last minute switch from the Napoleonic Blue, and I'm glad I went with Aubusson! Too funny about kids too - they sure keep us on our toes!!! Lol ;-)

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  13. Very pretty and a great story to boot! Please come over and link it up to my Creative Inspirations party happening now! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the dresser, you did a great job!

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  15. your dresser turned out beautiful you did a great job... love union jack!

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  16. Such a cute story. It gave me a good laugh this morning with my coffee. And the colors on the dresser are just fabulous.

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  17. Nice job! Who needs a tape measure, anyway?

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  18. Laughed til I cried at the crossdresser story. It really turned out sharp...with your laserbeam eyes!!!!

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