Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bargain Makeover

I was inspired to try and do a Craigslist (US website that lets you connect with sellers of furniture and loads of other things) makeover after a good friend of mine had some great luck with finding perfect 'steals' that just needed a little TLC. It was a little frustrating at first as I had very little time to surf the website daily, but that is what you need to do in order to get first dibs on a great find!

Finally I stumbled upon this $15 solid wood dresser that was the perfect size for my daughters room and I could envision it all spruced up and painted with new hardware! My husband picked it up from a few towns over and then all we had to do was get it sanded and painted. As I have virtually no down time to do sanding etc, I hired my carpenter friend to take off the hardware, sand it down completely to get rid of the dings etc.,  and prep it for painting.

I found this Amy Howard  One Step Paint at the NY Now show and finally got to try it for myself on this piece. It can actually be painted right over varnish too, but I wanted a cleaner look, not  a shabby chic look, so having it sanded down achieved that. It literally took just two quick coats with a 45 minute break between coats. It has a chalky finish and I might add their wax to it, that they supply too. I used color: French Blue.

Finally I had the hardware put on. These great ring pulls from Amazon which are Hickory Hardware Ring Pulls at $4.47 a piece!

I am so happy with the outcome and it's great to have tested this paint out for myself now, to inspire my D.I.Y. clients out there that love taking on some of the pieces of their projects themselves.


Before: Really badly dented and awful color. I think
the wood is maple or ash, but all solid!

During: Hardware removed all sanded down and 
ready for painting.


I love the foot detail!

The paint. I used the paint brush for the first coat but rolled the second.


Here it is completed!