You know I am big fan of cheap junk. I just cannot seem to dive into the world of “real” furniture…as in…furniture that does not come from TJ MAXX, Super Discount Warehouses, Flea Markets, Craigslist, garage sales or the trash I get the Pottery Barn catalog EVERY month and pour over it. And I’m not knocking anyone for ordering their amazing stuff. But I think I actually prefer the chipped up, painted, spackled together furniture I have (or maybe I just tell myself that because I’m too cheap to lay down the big cash for something nice?!?)
Our master bedroom is low on the priority right now. We plunked down our bed on moving day and I haven’t thought much about the room since. We stole our bedroom dressers for the living room and just stuffed all of our unmentionables in plastic tubs in the closet. A few months ago I started scouring the cornfields for a “nice” dresser. Let me rephrase that. I started looking for a dresser that I could get for under $50.00. Have you browsed a furniture store lately for bedroom dressers? SHOCKING. I had no idea. Really, I didn’t. Thanks very much…but I think I’ll hang on to my life savings a bit longer!
I gave up scouring the Lincoln Craigslist listings because no one would answer my emails (I am NOT having good luck in this crazy town!) Then I turned my attention to Omaha and found this beauty. I forgot to take a “before” picture but here it is all laid out and ready for some help.
It met most of my criteria. I wanted a LONG double wide dresser. And I wanted it cheap
I didn’t really care about the finish as I knew I would end up painting it. I took a different approach on this piece than I have used before and I liked the results…so here you go!
1. Wiped/cleaned the pieces with a rag and denatured alcohol
2. Filled surface scratches and knicks with spackle
3. Primed with Sherwin Williams Adhesion Primer
4. Painted 2 coats of satin latex acrylic paint (on the larger areas I used a small foam roller and then laid it off with a brush for consistency)
5. Sanded the edges using 150 grit sand paper
6. Stained with walnut stain…wiped on and then wiped off immediately leaving a light coat behind in the grooves
7. Seal with polyurethane. I didn’t do this because I was lazy…but I would recommend it!
She’s purty, huh?
Now maybe I will tackle our bedroom sometime in the next year. It’s really not that bad…but I’d like to change the wall color and paint the trim and fireplace a nice crisp white
So that little project sat in my garage for a few months….and it felt really good to get it wrapped up! I debated the hardware…but in the end…just kept the drawer pulls and coordinated some other knobs for the center drawers (there were a few missing). I may update it again down the road with something really great. But for now…I went the cheap (free) route. And I’m just thrilled to have a new home for my undies!
Have you been painting anything lately??