How To {Vintage Calligraphy on Furniture}

I bought these stamps at Hobby Lobby to use on a settee I had upholstered, but that didn’t work at all.  The ink didn’t show up on the painter’s canvas, so I stuffed these into a drawer in my workshop.  Some of my projects are a total fail, and I’ve learned to not let that stop me from trying new things.

Stamps & Ink from Hobby Lobby


When this buffet came in, my original plan was to just paint it Behr Powdered Snow with Ralph Lauren Tea Stained Glaze, and Behr French Roast for the top.

Buffet Before

After I had the base solid white with Behr Powdered Snow {WD 700}, I thought about these stamps in the drawer and decided to give them another try.  The ink pictured here is waterproof, and this is important because I put the Ralph Lauren Tea Stained Glaze on after I had stamped the door inserts and sides of the buffet.  {I tried using Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White as a base on another piece, but it’s just too yellow.  Once I added the Ralph Lauren glaze, it just looked dirty.  To recreate this look, you need a whiter base- and Behr “Powdered Snow” is the perfect crisp white}

 {These stamps are $10.99 each, but they do go on sale for half price every couple of weeks}

Close up of Stamped Side

Buffet After

Close up of Door

 I named this look “Vintage Calligraphy”, and I’ve done it on several pieces since this buffet.

 {I loved the buffet so much that I didn’t sell it- it holds our TV in our home}

 Here are a few more “Vintage Calligraphy” pictures..

Vintage Calligraphy Chest

Vintage Calligraphy Chest Drawer

  Do you have some supplies from a project that went wrong?  Pull them out and try something different this weekend- you might just create something you’ll love!

I’m off to go figure out how to have a linky party here- would you like to link up your projects and show them off?

 I would love to see what y’all have created!


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  1. says

    I love this! I just completed a dresser redo using Mod Podge like on your “Love Letters” pieces. I can’t wait to try this! Your ebooks have been very helpful! I’ll be looking for your linky party!

  2. mary says

    love the glaze looks. Do you put the Ralph Lauren glaze on with a brush and then wipe off?
    what about a sealer. Thanks! I am going to try this on a bookcase!

  3. Lynda says

    What a GREAT look… I Love it and have the perfect place to use it. TY so much for the instruction and the Idea… I love it that you actually put the colors… That helps us beginners to have a place to Start from… TY TY TY…


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