Sunday, July 1, 2012

the day I painted that ugly old dresser.

For a year now we have had this as our entryway.

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You are greeted by a old, worn out dresser that was gifted to us by my In-laws, and a $30.00 window pane mirror that I happened upon at an antique store. I love both pieces, I think they both have great character and both serve their function well. However, I hate that they don’t go together in any way shape or form. I also hate that it is more mismatched wood, in a house with a lot of dark brown already. Having dark leather furniture has forced me to get creative in ways to brighten up our space, and these two pieces happened to be the ways I went about that.

So yesterday, when our projected forecast was 105 degrees outside, I decided it would be the perfect day to refinish and paint these said pieces. The husband wasn’t thrilled, but he humored me in going to Lowe’s to pick out paint colors only if I promised we could get froyo on the way home.

So we ventured out, picked out our colors, ate our froyo and headed home.

Once the little guy was asleep we set out to complete our project. I say our project- because I have to give him some credit, he helped me sand them and he painted with a brush as I painted with a  roller so it didn’t take us that long.

 

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I have to say..I’m pretty proud of how they turned out…it adds that perfect pop of color and brightness to our home and lets me truly enjoy two things I already loved.

Luckily we didn’t have to sand very much to get the original finish off, and after three quick coat of paint and a few hours of drying time, the dresser and mirror were ready to move back into the house. Luckily when the highs are over 100 degrees, it doesn’t take paint long to dry at all!!

The picture really doesn’t do the paint color justice, it is Valspar’s La Fonda Mirage, although I think it is more closely matched to Valspar Aquatic Edge. It is kind of a seafoam/blue/green color. Really refreshing and bright.

 

So, summer project number 1 down…I’m going to attempt to take on the dining room table next if I can convince the hubby to help me take it apart ;)

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