Friday, June 26, 2015

The disappearing green dresser

Seriously, I barely had time to look at it.

We put this dresser and two night tables in the booth and the dresser sold the next day, with the nightstands right behind it.

Wow, and this was like my maiden voyage after breaking my leg. Picture in your mind: me thunking around, painting this while using a walker. It was challenging.

I don't know why I didn't have the mirror put on before taking pictures.
So, imagine a large, pretty mirror on there. Nice, huh?

I mixed the color from what I had on hand and I added chalk the second time I painted the top. Because I didn't sand enough, the laminate was too slick for paint to stick to.

YES, I sanded it. sheesh. I just did a really rotten job. I was in a walker, for Pete's sake.


I was able to rub the paint off the entire top. The drawers were sanded by a girlfriend. Thank goodness I wasn't sanding the entire thing. I shudder to think.

For the accent trim, I wanted to be subtle instead of painting a coordinating color. I tried a few things but ended up using silver metallic wax. The photo doesn't to it justice.

At the same time we painted these nightstands.

I almost passed these up because I thought they were press board and laminate, then I tried moving one and that baby was heavy! So I looked closer and they were hardwood. Beat-to-crap hardwood, but none the less. But why would anyone paint something to look like laminate?

Aside from the warped and broken top (above) there were a couple pieces either chewed up or missing. I fixed all that and set my visiting girlfriend on painting them.

I didn't take pictures because we've almost all seen the dread tannins from Mahogany. Still, we watched with dread as our white paint turned pink.
Kilz primer fixed all that, then the white "chalk-like paint" was reapplied.
The pulls were painted Oil-Rubbed Bronze, the tops were painted with Fat Paint black mixed with craft paint brown.

 Some distressing - I had put wax on at the very start.

The small things.
My wild turkey buddy was hanging out.
The finished nightstands are at a new home.


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    1. Me too! Right now I wish I could paint but it's too hot. I paint outside when I have large pieces. When this heat breaks I'll get busy and have some stuff to post.

  2. Glad to see you back and blogging! Love your work! I really hope that your leg is better. You were recovering a chair when my sister & I came to your house and met you. Did you get it finished? I was amazed at how much you were able to do while using the walker!

    1. Hey Girl! Come up and buy more! No, I never even started that chair after I got all the fabric figured out. The chair seat gave out to springs so I got another chair.
      I am off the walker now and not even using a cane much. But as I said above, it's too hot to paint.

  3. That dresser looks amazing! It is amazing how the paint completely transforms it into something that looks like you bought it brand new! I have a dresser that I want to paint a funky blue or green to go in my office. Have you ever tried mixing the white chalk paint with leftover wall paint?

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