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
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.
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).
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!