I have been looking for a new dresser for my room for almost a year now. I didn't think I was asking for much, something solid wood, not to expensive, no mold, you know basic stuff. Well it is more challenging then not, since most people want $100.00 or more for a dresser.
Until that one special day, I went on craigslist to check out what was new (like I do every day) and there is was. An ad for a solid dresser, been stored in the garage for over a year but no mold, and the best part $25.00! Yeap, it was mine. I bought it pretty much off a photo on craigslist.
I have to forewarn you, it was not pretty...
But I saw potential! I already had colors in mind so it was time to get busy.
First, I removed all the hardware and sprayed them a brush silver.
Keep in mind 2 light coats of spray paint always turns out nicer then one heavy one.
Then on to sanding...
See the nice bones :) I did not sand off all the color since I was going to paint it, just all the shine and cleaned up any scratches.
Now primer, paint & wax
I did take a trip to Lowe's and buy all new (I have more than one project I want in these colors so wanted to make sure I had enough). A sponge roller gives you a more even coat and no lines to contend with on your furniture. I did use one more thing not in this photo and that is polyurethane (I will explain that later).
2 thin coats of Brown Velvet (love this color)
I could have stopped right here and just put the handles back on, it is so pretty.
But, I had other ideas! :)
I started with paper and pencil
I drew out the dresser then with a colored pencil I drew where I wanted my flowers.
I used Blue Sail for the color and LOVED it!
I think it turned out perfect!
Now to top coat it.
Here is where the polyurethane comes into play. I desided to use it on the top of the dresser since there is a chance a glass might get sat on it and I wanted the extra protection.
I did only use this on the top and the sides of the top.
For the rest of the dresser I used Paste Finishing Wax & Cheese cloth
My Mom will be VERY proud when she reads this post and sees I wore gloves while using the wax! :)
This was my first time using wax, I love the final look and feel of it but WOW own a buffer! (Will share that story later!)
All that was left was to put the knobs back and admire the beauty!!
I just LOVE how it turned out and looks perfect in my bedroom. I can not wait to start using it!
So, I want to take this time and share a funny story with you. My Mom and I scheduled some time to go shopping a few weeks back and yesterday was the day! We were both so excited we were going to Birch Run Primer Outlet and going to shop til we drop. We both grab a piece of silverware from our collection (since we are missing pieces and wanted to add more) and a few dishes to buy a new dish set. We get to the mall, do all the kitchen stores and realized the Oneida store was no longer there and we were not getting new silverware. Let me remind you this is the #2 reason for going! :) #1 was some going old fashion quality time together SHOPPING! So, we moved on and shopped other stores, tool and hardware stores to be more specific! We each bought,a jig saw, Orbital Buffers (to use with furniture wax since my arms hurt for 2 days after buffing the wax on my dresser by hand!), I bought a new mini sander, and she bought a new drill. Yeap, 2 girls leave to buy dishes and silverware and come home with gads of tools! LOL And I think I am more excited about the tools then I would have ever been about the silverware! :) Does this mean I have been bit? Bit by the furniture bug?!?!?! I would have to say, I think so! :)
Well have a great night and watch out the bedroom redo this dresser is going into!