February 11, 2013

How To Make A New Dress Form Look Old

This is an easy way to make a new dress form look old

It's one month until the dress form ball!  

I'm busy getting my dress form ready and thought I would show you how I aged it

The kind people at Barr Display gave me this fabulous new dress form.  They cost $69.99 plus shipping and you can order them HERE put item #8546 In the search box

This dress form is covered with a thin t shirt material that I sprayed with Walnut ink

Immediately after I finished spraying the form, I used a damp cloth and blended the walnut ink.

Then I sprayed the base with black paint, brushed on some white school glue, and painted over it with white paint, giving it a nice aged crackle finish

Now the fun part...Adding Graphics!

I printed graphics from Graphics Fairy and made some graphics of my own. I used the Blender pen method for transfer. Graphics Fairy has a wonderful post of 12 different transfer methods HERE and the blender pen tutorial is included in the list

I practiced by putting her name "BELLE" (As in "Belle of the ball") on the bottom of the back

Then added more Graphics to the front .........

....And I was DONE!

I took the finished form to Barr Display to show her off....Before and After.  Barr Display has tons of dress forms, large and small.  You can see their table table top dress forms I transformed HERE and HERE

Now... Belle has to choose her gown for the ball...Decisions...Decisions!

I hope you are all getting your dress forms ready.  We often speak "Blog talk", so let me explain.  March 11th I'm having a dress form linky party.  This is where I do a blog post about the ball and you can write  a new blog post or use one you have previously written about your dress form.  At the end of my post will be a spot for you to  link your blog post.  If you want to join, but have never linked  up a post, you can email me (email button on the top left of my blog) anytime the week of the ball and I will link your post up for you.  No one gets left out of this party!

OK, so who's coming to the dress form ball???  
The Catering staff is all over me trying to get a head count!

Happy Creating!


Linking up with:
Savvy Southern Style Wow us Wednesday
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thursday
Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursday


Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

I'm coming...count me in! Love your redo Carol. It looks amazing!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Fantastic tutorial!

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Hi, Carol!

Could you share the link of last year's DFBall? I attempted to find it here using a label but still can't locate it. I guess I want to see "if" I have anything "to wear" (I don't here in Manila). And I wanted to see all of last year's finery. So fun!


P.S. Belle of the Ball. Ha: She is!

Ruffles n Raspberries said...

Awesome job carol! Was at your booth last week too.. sooo cute!!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

now this "aging" process looks wonderful !
I am going to put Giselle into a vintage prom dress. She is really looking forward to it .

Anonymous said...

beautiful!! I'm coming to the ball but I will be coming alone, no guest for me, lol.This nest barely has room for us let alone a lovely dress form such as this,!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very neat outcome, Carol! I love the different graphics you added to it.

Anne said...

I better get my girl ready for the ball!Yours looks amazing!Thank you for sharing this process!It looks so authentic.

Jennifer Pearson Vanier said...

This is wonderful! I have the same dress form and would not have thought to alter it this way but you have me inspired! Thank you so much for sharing.

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Wow, what a transformation! Just goes to prove that we do get better with age.
I'm hoping to find something for my gals to wear to the ball, they're just so picky these days.

Teresa said...

Your crafty and Artsy Gifts know no Bounds?! Too too lovely.

Thank you so much for sharing. Have a Wonderful Week!

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Wow! I'm so impressed how vintage your dress form now looks. It's gorgeous looking Carol.

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I want to come, but I can't find a dress!

Pam said...

Hi Carol, your dress form is spectacular... Great aging and stenciling! I will be looking for my form and use your methods in sprucing it up! Thanks for the great tutorial!!! xo Pam

annieg said...

What a hoot! I need to do that to my dress form but I've never even transferred graphics, so I may need your help, my friend. I can't wait to see the other Belles. What fun!! <3

Marilyn said...

I ordered my table top form last year and really wanted to get her ready right away, but life just keeps happening around here. Might be a chance before March, this year. We shall see...but I love visiting even if I am a lame crafter these days!♥♫

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I am coming, of course!!


Karen B. said...

Hi Carol,
love your tutorial and love the way your dressform looks now ~ beautiful!

Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Createology said...

Barr Display should be in crazy love with you dear!!! Belle is Beautiful. Your ability to travel back in time with Belle is amazing. She is stunning and you are brilliant. Creative Hearts are Happy Hearts..

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, Love your aged dress form. I bet Barr Display went crazy over your redo.
It turned out fabulous.
I finally got my table top form completed. The girls here are ready for the Ball. They are fighting over who's going to go. I am leaving it up to them. LOL
I have out of town company coming then, but I will have my post up and ready ahead of time.

Have a great week.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Bente said...

LOVE it. Just beautiful

farmhouse-story said...

oh, my, carol, belle is fabulous!! you are so clever--she really looks old!

Anonymous said...

I have this exact dress form and love the way you aged it!! I need to do that with mine!!! You are just so great at dolling things up Carol!!

Hope to join in on the fun party!

bee blessed

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

What an impressive transformation! Graphics fairy comes through again....

Great job!!!!! I'm also impressed you received the dress for for FREE!

I'd love to join up...I may need a reminder. Will jot it down on a note at my desk here just in case.

Bella Rosa Antiques

Ana said...

Ooh Carol,
This sounds like tons of fun. I will definitely put it on my calendar. Now off to get my dress form ready. Belle turned out fabulous.


Donna said...

Wow, what an amazing transformation! I never would have guessed that Belle wasn't vintage if you hadn't shown us her before! I purchased a dress form a few months ago, and I have had so much fun with it!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Count me in <3

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Carol,
I always learn amazing tips from you! Whata transformation, lovely!! I Pinned the white glue trick, what a fun tip, the results are beautiful!
Have a Great Week:-)

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love what you did here--you are so creative! I am yet to get a dressform--though I want one so bad! I will be checking out the ball for sure :)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

She is sure looking GOOD!!! Thank you for sharing her at my party.


Unknown said...

I would love to join in! I really like the way that you aged that form. It looks amazing! Should I grab your graphic, which by the way, is very cute, and add it to my sidebar until the event?

Little Miss Maggie said...

I love your new age(d) dress form. I might have to order one for myself. I dug out the dress form I want to take to the ball, but I have to confess she's a little more provacative than I remember. I need to tone down her femininity a little bit. Love the word transfers you used.

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Genius idea!! It's lovely. Love the stencils you used.

mail4rosey said...

You did a great job aging it.

Unknown said...

Can't wait for the party! You did a fab job on aging yours.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

I love how your dressform turned out. What a wonderful and amazing transformation!
I'm glad I came over from Knick of Time and will be happy to join the Dress Form Ball.

PattieJ said...

I LOVE it!!! Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I want a full size dress form so bad.... but I wanted one that was vintage looking and I know I will never be able to afford a real vintage one. I am going to order one like this for sure!Yay!! I can't believe I am finally going to have a vintage looking dress form!!!


Maureen said...

Awesome! Your transformation is wonderful... my hubby gave me a vintage dress form for Valentine's Day! So YAY! She can attend, can't she? ;)

I have already added your badge to my blog and have begun to work on what mine will be wearing! I can't wait!

Irene Helms Designs said...

Wonderful project! I just finished my table top form after reading your earlier post on how to do this. Guess I now have another project in my future. Great inspiration!

Maureen Wyatt said...

I'm in and pinning to make a dress form!

JP said...

Isn't she absolutely lovely!!! Pinned her for you!

salige lavendel said...

Wow, this is really beautiful work!!

pipigirl said...

not me , again... but next yr. for sure. i got a barr catalog the other day and my honey said...pick one out. yippeeee! so, im already planning, for next yr. certainly hope you are having again. cant wait to see the girls attending again this yr. i will again, be sitting this one out. but im not going to be as drama in my comments as last yr....

Anita said...

So glad I found your blog and that there is a store local to me and your store. I can't wait to get my dress form.