When spring comes along so does the decorating bug. As the seasons change it's nice to see some change in our home too! My bedroom has been an ongoing project for the past 3 weeks. Everything has been redone from the walls to the floor. After all the hard work, it's time for the fun part!
My old dresser had been falling a part. LITERALLY. The drawers were eating my clothes. Finally, after using the good old fashioned duck tape, I got fed up and threw it on the burn pile. I was eager to get a dresser and immediately started looking online. I wanted something to go with my farmhouse theme, which looked to be pretty pricy. Although I knew getting a brand new dresser would be quick and easy, I decided to save some money and get my hands dirty.
Me and a dear friend were shopping in a peddlers mall, which is basically a mall of used stuff, and came across this dresser ( before picture posted below) for only $15! Some of you may look at this picture and think "WELL DUH, that thing was ugly". However, I knew this dresser had some potential. The physical elements were all there, not pretty, but hey they existed! So I went with my gut and purchased it and man was it worth it! I got a $15 dresser and transformed it into a dresser that people pay big bucks for. It only took me a day and cost me about $60 to do it.
Here is a step by step guideline of what I did!
STEP ONE: Sand that baby down! It doesn't have to be perfect, but you want to make sure any gloss is sanded off to ensure the paint will stick. This step took me about an hour. As you can see in the picture, there are some spots I missed, but it didn't effect it any. Make sure you take off all the handles before hand to make the process a little easier.
STEP TWO: Vacum it. After sanding, there will be dust everywhere, including inside the drawers. I used the wide handle that went with the vacuum and it actually worked pretty well! If you don't make sure all the dust is gone, it will mix in with your paint!
STEP THREE: Finally it's time to paint! I got my paint from Lowes and chose to do two different colors. One for the main part of the dresser, the other for the drawers. I got the Valspar paint with the chalky finish. Keep in mind that stain will be going over the paint when choosing your color. I started out with purple and lavender, but after wiping the red oak stain it made it look more pink; which I loved! I put two coats of paint on it , but you could probably get away with just one.
STEP FOUR: Once the paint drys, it's time to sand it again. You only need to sand it enough to rough it up a bit. This will give it that vintage look that will also bring out the stain! After I stained it, I also got a sharp edge and made some scratches to give it some more character. Like I said, you don't want to sand it too much. If you do, it won't look as natural.
STEP FIVE: Your almost done! Now it's time to stain. You can choose any color you want. I decided to go with a red oak stain to give more of a pink tint. You want to add enough stain where it will fill in all those cracks. I applied two coats on mind. Make sure you rub it in good! Below is a before and after comparison of the stain!
STEP SIX: This is when all those small finishing touches come in! After the stain drys you will want to put a clear coat on it. I just purchased a clear enamel spray paint from Lowes. FUNNY STORY; make sure it's clear!!!! One time I made the mistake of not checking before applying. I had finally finished a sign and sprayed it red. Don't make the some mistake!
I got my handles from Lowes also. Lowes is basically my happy place. You can find almost anything there for your projects!
THE LAST STEP: If you want to make it even more fancy you can apply some liners in your drawers. You can get fabric at Walmart or Hobby Lobby. I got mine at Walmart for sale. Basically I just measured it out, did a mockup, and cut multiples from that mockup. I hot glued mine in, but i'll probably end up stapling them just to ensure they stay put. Whats nifty about liners is that you can spray your favorite perfume on them and it will make your clothes smell good :)
It's a little work, but make sure you have fun with it! Get creative and don't be afraid to get some paint on that manicure :) If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!