Remember that used dresser I found in a thrift store for $35. Well, it’s had a bit of money invested ($100 on knobs alone. Eek!) and time invested ( only a couple of hours) and it looks cute as a vintage button now that it’s all done. I am IN LOVE with how this turned out. It’s the perfect piece for my little girl’s room and it will have a long and happy life there.
Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before:
And here’s what it looks like now:
Once I decided to paint, it really wasn’t a difficult process. I used a little palm sander to rough up the finish and to soften some of the damage that was on the drawer fronts and top. There isn’t any need to remove all the old finish but the better job you do of prepping the surface for paint, the nicer the end result will be. I also did a good once over on the structure and tapped in any popped nails. The whole piece was painted in a durable mid sheen white. It is a touch hard to see in the photos but the center of the drawers are light pink and then we picked a sweet orange for the petal motif and mirror accent.
Here you can see the pink a bit better. We chose it because my girl is a girly girl and wanted to paint the entire thing pink. By only doing it on the drawers, it will be easy to cover up in white or another color if/when she decides she’s too old for baby pink.
I went a bit overboard on replacing the knobs. I choose these crystal numbers I found at the hardware store. I think they add a touch of glam and whimsy – they make the piece. Once I saw them I had to get them….to the tune of $100. Oops. When choosing new knobs, take one of the old ones with you so you can match up holes. In my case, I needed to drill new holes so I measured and marked carefully where I needed them before drilling. I also needed to choose a knob that would cover the old holes and these ones barely worked, thank goodness.
My biggest tip when painting thrift store furniture is to utilize the knowledge of the person behind the paint counter. Show them a photo of the piece you are going to paint. They will help you pick a primer suitable to the job. DO NOT SKIP PRIMER. Did you hear me? Don’t. Also tell the person at the paint desk how the piece will be used. Which room? By who? Does it need to be really durable and washable? Or will it sit in a corner and rarely be touched? They will help you pick a paint that will work for you. It’s really not that hard and you know what? It’s just paint. If you don’t like the color or need to change it a few years down the road it’s no big deal. Paint it again! *says the girl who would paint every piece in her house if she had the time* Have you painted anything recently? I’d love to hear about it!