If you haven’t ordered it already, I would highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of John & Sherry Petersik’s (from the famous and ever-inspiring blog Young House Love) DIY book. You can get a copy of their book here for under $20… trust me, you’ll thank me later! In the meantime, check out their blog for some hall-of-fame DIY inspiration. #theworldseriesofdiy
This book and the lovable YHL duo inspired Matt and I to complete our very own Ombre Dresser (page 304 in the book).
Ombre = color fading from dark-to-light OR color fading from light-to-dark
Ombre can be incorporated into everything and anything! We set out to incorporate Ombre into a dresser Matt brought over from his parents’ house.
This dresser is full of more than Matt’s socks, underwear and old T-shirts; it’s full of lots & lots of history for Matt. His mom and dad refinished this exact dresser for Matt’s nursery back in the day. When they offered to send over this treasure full of Matt’s childhood secrets, we couldn’t resist! We were honored and excited to have the opportunity to start our new house by refinishing the same dresser that awaited Matt’s arrival years and years (and years) ago.
To get started, we took out all of the drawers and removed the hardware. (Philip’s screwdriver needed)
We plan on adding new hardware eventually and even if we didn’t, we need to take off the hardware in order to sand and paint. Here’s a closer look at the original knobs.
With the hardware removed, we were ready to start sanding. We grabbed our power sander and we Matt got to work.
After some serious sanding and quite a few pieces of sandpaper later, we were done with the sanding process and moving on to washing. It’s important to wash the dresser down and remove all the dust particles in order for the paint to stick to the surface later on. To wipe down the dresser, use a damp cloth full of soapy water and get as much excess dust off as possible. (Make sure to focus on the corners or awkward spaces). This is also a time to look at the original surface and be sure that you sanded evenly throughout the entire piece of furniture. To ensure the dresser has dried completely before painting, allow the dresser to sit overnight. We waited about 7 overnights to ensure the water was very dry (or because we were far too busy to focus on this project).
In the meantime, it was my responsibility to pick an ombre color scheme. As much as I hate to admit it, I am one indecisive, scared-to-commit lady. Painting an old dresser with this much history was quite the commitment when it came to colors. I was not about to ruin Matt’s childhood dresser without finding a color combo that I was in looveeee with. After lots of searching… I just wasn’t feeling any of the groupings I found. So… we decided to stick with pure white for now. We promised ourselves that once we had more of a vision (and when the weather got warmer) we could add ombre drawers to the white dresser. And that’s how the ombre dresser quickly turned into a very white, very plain, very not so ombre dresser. On the bright “white” side, we were able to save some serious dough by doing that.
With a LOT of tape around each drawer, we grabbed some paint and got to work. Here’s a picture of me tearing off the last of the tape post-paint job.
Now all we needed was some new hardware! I was ready for this decision and determined to be far less indecisive! #yikes!
Thanks to a sale on hardware at Menard’s…
Can you believe the transformation? I absolutely love it! Although it is not what I set out to paint, I think this dresser worked out perfectly! I love that it fits perfectly into our space, I love the hardware, I love the storage it offers, I love the it’s price (FREE), and most of all, I love that we have a piece of Matt’s nursery right here in our new home. I put a few accessories on it for now, but I will definitely keep you updated on this gem’s progress.
Because this ombre dresser turned out very not-so ombre, I’m craving ombre and need to try it out! Do you have a DIY ombre idea that I can take a chance on? I think I’m ready to commit…. =)
Friends, last time I left you with a sanded and primed cabinet all ready for some bright green paint.
But then I had to wait. I had to wait 7 whole days until the primer was cured and ready for action.
And after that 168 hours (yep, I’m pretty dramatic like that)…I was ready to attack!
I headed down to the dungeon (a.k.a. our loft’s storage space) and geared up for spray painting time.
My neighbors don’t think I’m weird or anything?! Just chilling with my Christmas wreath…
I ended up doing 3 light (very light) coats of spray paint. I didn’t want to pile on the spray paint, and risk getting drips or having it glob up.
I was going for a mint green look to coordinate with the bathroom. But dang, this girl was green!
At first, I wasn’t too sure. But now I think she is growing on me!
The inside cabinets were not looking too hot. Sure the shelves were only going to hold random toiletries…but I wanted them to hold my extra toothpaste with style!
So in came the wrapping paper and the mod podge.
I even added 2 gorgeous handles that I found at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. They’re like tiny white ropes. Love the detailing…
And here is what I accessorized my new bathroom beauty with…
A gorgeous gold tray that I found for $15 at an antique shop. It holds lots of perfume! (What can I say? I’m a girly girl!)
A little bit of nature…
A cute white dish to hold all of the essentials. Here she is all nestled in the corner.
Now I realize that the green is really bright, but I actually think it works in the bathroom. It is definitely an area where you can take a chance (and you can always paint it another color) so why not?!
Overall, I think a pretty great transformation for less than $20!
It’s amazing what a little spray paint (and DIY love) can do!
For the past few months, I’ve been searching for a nice little cabinet to go in my bathroom.
But, I haven’t had much luck and this little guy has been sitting awkwardly in the corner since we moved in.
Sorry about the terrible iPhone pic…but you at least get the point.
I wanted a piece that would have lots of storage, but not be too large as to overwhelm the bathroom. I also wanted something cheap that I could re-do and paint a fun color.
That’s when this beauty came into my life while shopping at the Habitat for Humanity Restore…
Okay, maybe “beauty” isn’t the correct word. But, she sure was beautiful in my eyes.
She was the perfect size, perfect height, she had the perfect amount of space for storage…and best of all she was the perfect price. Only $10!
I got her home and tried her on for size in the bathroom.
She fit like a glove.
Next, I had to figure out how I was going to spruce her up.
Because the cabinet is metal (like a filing cabinet) and the top of the cabinet is laminate…I was in a pickle on how to best prepare her for a nice coat of paint.
After a bit of googling and a nice chat with the guy at Home Depot, I was armed with the supplies to tackle my new bathroom cabinet.
Mouse Detail Sander 120 & 220 grit sandpaper Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer Foam Roller Paint Tray Paint Brush Painter’s Tape Drop Cloth 2 cans of Valspar Spray Paint ($7) TOTAL COST: $7 (Already owned everything, besides the spray paint)
I can’t tell you how important this step is when you’re working on a project like this one. You need to remove all dirt and oils that may be built up on the piece, or else the primer and paint won’t be able to adhere to the surface correctly.
I used a 120 sand paper for the top of the cabinet, so I could really smooth out the bumps and scratches on the laminate.
I used a 220 sandpaper for the metal sides of the cabinet, because it really only needed to be polished a bit.
After wiping the cabinet with a clean cloth (to remove any dust from sanding), I used the painter’s tape to cover up a few metal parts that I didn’t want the paint to touch. It was then priming time!
I did a light coat of the Zinsser, using the foam roller on the big areas and the paint brush around tight spots.
After about 30 minutes, I did one more coat of the primer.
Now the hardest step….the waiting period!
Because this piece is metal, it can scratch easily if not prepared correctly. The primer may be dry to the touch, but it technically won’t cure for 7 days.
So even though I’m eager to get this bad boy finished, I must wait until next weekend to finish her up.
Meet this cute, quirky table top. Price…FREE!! When I spotted him in the garbage, I quickly swooped him up and was bound to highlight his wonderful potential.
I added a few coats of white spray paint and…
… that’s it!!! It was that easy to take this old table from drab to fab for super cheap.
You can kind of tell from this photo that I ditched the little “drawer” that used to pull out. I think the trip to the trash was to blame.
I even love this little guy as he peeks out the front window! I’m not completely positive, but I think I can even hear him take a deep sigh of relief every time he sees the garbage truck pass our house.
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