Sunday, August 16, 2009

Another furniture transformation

Here's yet another furniture transformation. As I mentioned in my first post, we moved into our house with hardly any furniture, so I'm going to be refurbishing a lot of things within the next year or so (so hold on tight :)).

My neighbors were going to give this away to goodwill; I don't blame them, I probably would have too if it weren't for my current lack of furniture. So, given that I'm so desperate, I snatched it up before they could give it away.

So, this project definitely made me a believer in primer. I initially started spray painting the whole thing, and after about one can of paint and only a small noticeable difference in color, I gave in to the allure of primer. As you know, I like to get things done quick. Therefore, I like to skip unnecessary steps. Apparently, this one small step was necessary (tear in my eye, sniffle sniffle; there goes my patience). After a can of primer and two cans of spray paint (and three days later), I finally have a dresser in our guest bedroom.
(PS. don't mind the attic access panel I attempted to hide behind the mirror). Mentioning the mirror, it was originally dark dark purple so, now with my new knowledge of primer, I was able to paint this one quickly :) to match the dresser.
I distressed the dresser (like I pretty much do to all my refurbished furniture)
Here's a another view :)

20 comments:

  1. You did a good job. I love painted furnature. I am gearing myself up to get started on my book cases right now. And I know with this project I will have to use primer too.

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  2. It is absolutely AMAZING what a few cans of spray paint can do! The dresser and mirror look fantastic. I love me some good trash to treasure!

    ~Amanda

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  3. FABULOUS,it looks like a new dresser. Love the idea for covering the attic access, that's genius! thanks for linking up to Trash to Treasure Tuesday!

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  4. I would just like to thank you for saving us all from that eyesore that was formerly known as someone's dresser! I love fall, but really? It looks great now!

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  5. What a great makeover. It looks amazing.
    This is my first time to your blog. I hope you will come by for a visit and stay awhile.
    Its So Very Cheri I also have a party on Mondays called the Knock Off Knock Out go check out some amazing projects.

    Cheri
    Its So Very Cheri

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  6. Great job!!! I always use primer now. I know it's an extra step but it cuts down on spray paint and it just gives it a better finish.

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  7. This is my first time at your blog too. I love the new look. I have 2 dressers waiting to be painted. Thanks for showing us this. Come check out my blog for lots of fun and contest all the time to win things. www.lilbitoldlilbitnew.com at dublshot@comcast.net
    My friend Gail always has blog contest too and she'd love to have you come by www.thesassybeach.com

    Toodles and see you soon Kath'

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  8. Very nice! Totally transformed it!

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  9. "with my new knowledge of primer" made me laugh :D

    It looks infinitely better and so beautiful! What were the original painters thinking!?

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  10. Wonderful job!!!!! I love redoing dressers... they are probably my favorite!

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  11. That's an amazing transformation!! I totally love it now. (And I didn't notice the attic access till you mentioned it.) ;)

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  12. Looks great plus extra points for snagging a free dresser, just don't show the neighbors or they may want it back!

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  13. I love that! The dresser looks so much better and I love distressing! Great work! ~Ashley~ shanty2chic

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  14. Ooh! Very nice! I am going to have to get out some new hardware and get to work on the dresser in my dining room!

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  15. Beautiful, its amazing what a difference a can of spray paint makes.

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  16. No way it would go to Goodwill now! Love it!
    :)Lisa
    kssnnikkel.blogspot.com

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  17. Great job..primer? what is primer?! Just kidding, seriously, I understand your frustration :)

    I have a poll up on my blog about my BIGGEST decor dilemma. Come on over and vote, I need all the help I can get!

    http://imnomartha.blogspot.com/2009/08/first-poll-ever-to-paint-or-not-to.html

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  18. Great job... I love thrifty projects, they're my fav!!!
    God's blessings, Sarah :D

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  19. Very nice. Next time you work on wood, you might want to skip the spray paint completely.

    Just rub your item down with medium grit sandpaper, be sure to wear work gloves to save your manicure. :D this only takes a few minutes as you just want to remove the shine and give the paint something upon which to stick.

    Now grab your favorite shade or latex paint, flat, satin or glossy. You can use a roller for the big sections and a brush or sponge for the small areas. One coat, maybe two and you're done. A clear sealer like Varatex can top it off but it's really net necessary as satin and gloss are highly washable.

    When you're done just slap the lid on the can and use next time. The oclor selection is endless, the smell and mess are minimal, there's very little waste, and the remaining paint can be tinted again if desired. Best of all, it's cheaper to buy boring old latex (you can even get it at Walmart) than all that spray paint.

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