Monday, November 4, 2013

The Little Dresser

True to form of me changing my mind on what direction the nursery was going to go, I had to redo a couple things that I'd started from when we were going to do the bird nursery.

The first thing I had done was put a coat of yellow paint on the drawer fronts of a home made dresser we had bought off of craigslist. The thing isn't very well made, and because it's home made, it isn't the smoothest thing- but we couldn't beat the price and the size is good.

I had plans to paint the shell of the dresser once we got our wallpaper in so I could color match, but never did it since we never ordered the paper!

When we went a different direction and we painted the room white and green, I decided to continue that onto the little dresser to help it disappear. The room is super small, so I wanted the furniture to be as invisible as possible.

I used the same white and green as I'd used on the walls- you can find the formula for the green here.

All this took was a quick sanding, two coats of KILZ, and a million coats of the fucking Glidden paint from hell, and two coats of Behr Paint and Primer in One.

That's right, we ended up going and getting another gallon of white paint in Behr in hopes of finishing the damn painting and, what do you know, two quick coats later and the painting was done! (After wasting like, two months of our lives on the Glidden.)

I put these glass knobs on from World Market (Clear Floral Glass Knobs) because they matched the knobs (Floral Glass Brass Knobs) we ended up putting on the other dresser (don't worry, we haven't talked about that yet... it was too dark to get a good picture) I figured since the drawer fronts on the little dresser we bought were white, they needed a splash of green, while these drawer fronts were going to be green, so the needed a touch of glass. I thought the clear glass looked like the center of the green knobs. One is brass backed and the other is nickel, but when they're on the drawers you can't see the nickle.

Photos Via World Market

All said and done, the little white dresser is still obviously banged up, but it is much fresher.

I haven't done the mirror yet- I figure it will be easier to spray prime the mirror and it is sadly past spray painting season in Michigan- I'll get it done and attached next spring- it's not like the baby is going to be looking at herself to do her hair every morning anyway.

All in all, I think it is a great improvement from where we started- and honestly, I'm just happy to have something done!!

What did you guys do this weekend?


  1. ooh, it looks like a brand new dresser now!

  2. I like it much better white/green. Looks great :)

  3. I like it much better this way, and I'm so happy to read that you are having a little girl!

  4. It looks great! That coat of white really freshened it up!

  5. Really like the new colors--and those knobs are sweet. I learned long ago that good quality paint is worth the money it takes. I had a room from hell with Dutch Boy many years ago. Behr is usually good in two coats for us, too. Speaking of paint and weekends, I spent much of Sunday with a paintbrush in my hand. Went around the house doing all kinds of touch-ups and finishing things that never quite got done when the job was originally done. Can't believe what a difference it made and wish I'd done it much sooner. Live and learn!

  6. Love the dresser update! Looks great!


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