Part 1: Before
I don't have a true before photo because I deleted them all to free up storage on my phone. Just picture this dresser covered in a chipped glossy blue with red paint peaking out. Each knob was its own unique color. This mini dresser was obviously used for a kids room and probably looked great in that environment. It didn't look so hot next to the dumpster. Normally I wouldn't pick up something that needs that much paint removed but this baby is solid wood and easily fit in the back of my minivan. I was sold and my daughter was tired of treasure hunting and wanted to go home. Not sure my love of junk is catching fire in her soul.
After I closed my booth I was left with too many projects to complete. While I had no need for this dresser I just couldn't part with it. For a time it functioned as a craft storage...when I could get to it that is! Definitely a craft hoarder, here.
It took a few coats of Citri strip to get this paint free. It's a project I would come back to several times over the course of months. No joke. There was good-reason I almost left this where I found it, I really do not enjoy stripping and sanding. Especially when the paint was apparently applied by a generous-spirited individual wielding a spatula.
Then it took many many sheets of sandpaper to wear off the layers of stain. Underneath was a lovely pale wood.
See a theme? I've been partial to a wood stained top with painted drawers which was always a quick seller in my booth. It's still a look I adore. Since this dresser had no specific room to fit into I picked it for the experimental look of stained drawers. It's easy to paint over the drawers if I end up not liking the look.
And here she is all painted and stained in a walnut with no sealer. I loved the wood look but was iffy on the bright paint. This would fit into a bohemian style room given its funky fun color. While I like looking at pictures of boho-influenced spaces its nothing I carry into my home. So here she sat while I waited for inspiration.
Notice the knobs? I pulled pulls from my stash...a terrible pun, I know and decided on a quirky look for the top drawer. Also known as: I ran out of enough matching pulls. Anyways, a couple coats of off-white DIY chalkpaint pulled the pulls together...there I go again. This is what a second glass of wine gets me: stupid silly in my own mind.
And inspiration came from a basket of photo frames.
I'd collected several wooden frames and painted a few of them all the same color using the same DIY chalk paint above. These frames were for a craft fair booth and I did care if they sold. The bright color wasn't working, I wouldn't hang them on my walls anywhere and didn't think anyone else would either. And the bright color didn't fit the theme of my booth.
So they sat.
A lot of my projects sit. I like to think of it as creative marinating and it pays off.
|left frame: 2 coats of stain ** right frame: 1 coat of stain|
I was staining another project in Espresso by Minwax when my eye caught the forgotten bright blue frames. Why not? The can was already open so a couple quick coats on the frames and I was in love. IN LOVE people! I may paint a hundred projects in this layered color: bright blue paint + Espresso stain.
Part 3: Finish
The stained top and drawers received some generous coats of Espresso stain as well. More on the inspiration for that later. It involves another project and a different technique.
The drawer sides were given the same facelift...
...and the back. She's a beauty all around.
Oops, forgot to push the drawers all the way in...a bad habit. You don't want to see my side of the bedroom.
My favorite mismatched knob, a ReStore find.
What do you think?
It's a keeper.
And where does this gorgeous dresser end up?
Stuffed in my closet.
It currently holds my husband's ACUs in-between reserve weekends. Eventually, it'll shine in a more prominent place in our home, she's too pretty to hide. We are actively finishing our basement which includes the creation of a master suite for us. I look forward to furnishing our new space with this gorgeous beauty!