Hope you enjoyed my Black and White series this week. I am definitely ready for some color. But I still have shades of black coming next week. I don’t know about you, I get on these “color jags”. I will paint something one color or hue, then suddenly I paint everything in that color for a while. Don’t worry, my mood wasn’t black, maybe a little grey at times….
I got this dresser for FREE (my love language) from Rachel’s dance teacher, Mindi, who is an extraordinary individual for all kinds of good things, and not just because she gave me this dresser they were no longer using.
We started off by giving it a very thorough sanding, then I filled in the decorative “gap” on the top. I don’t know why furniture makers did this, but I find it often. I almost always fill it in with joint compound. Works great, dries fast, sands fast, and is very paintable. I usually use this instead of wood filler, which has it’s place too but is a story for another day. I always prime first, then fill. I don’t know why, but I think sometimes after you have primed a piece, the glaring holes and divets stand out more.
again! I didn’t get the before, before. I promise I am doing better now!
After the primer had cured for a good 24 hours, I sprayed the entire piece with Sherwin Williams “Tricorn Black” in Gloss. My client wanted a more contemporary look, so we went shinier. Sherwin Williams makes a line of paint now that holds up to tons of abuse. It is called “Solo”. It has a lot of acrylic in it, and a strong smell, so definitely you will want to use a mask when working with this paint.
The original hardware was really cool, but very tarnished. I sprayed it out with Rustoleum’s “Hammered Metal”, which is one of my favorite spray paints. The hardware for the top drawers was missing, so I simply repeated the process using just plain wood knobs from Home Depot.
After the paint had dried for 24 hours, I did a few coats of a good polycrylic, and the dresser has a brand new life.
I love how the legs really showcase the sleek of this dresser now, and my client couldn’t be happier.
And…..in case you are really tired of all the black, here is an old Oak Kitchen Table I did in a custom mix of Red. I used a combo of CeCe Caldwell’s Sedona Red and some leftover Sherwin Williams acrylic paint I had on hand. The end result was the perfect red, matte finish, and totally durable.
And no. There is no before picture. I know. I know.
This table goes with the ugly chairs, which thanks to all the great comments, won’t be ugly much longer! PS If you missed all the fun, you can read about those ugly chairs HERE.
And that about sums up what I did the last two weeks. Oh and did you see? I painted my driveway red too!
See you back here at 2:00 for the weekend party!
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