Our DIY painted dresser and how it’s knocking the socks off our closet redesign!
Guys! Our master bedroom closet is rocking right along (we’re redoing it for the $100 Room Challenge, hosted by Erin of Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry) and I am pretty pleased with where we are heading!
After I posted those embarrassing before pictures, I got myself in gear and started working on purging. Between Michael and myself, we got rid of two huge garbage bags worth of stuff! Bonus- Michael got rid of so much that we were able to completely remove the dresser he was using- which made the closet seem so much bigger!
Check it out:
Here is the before (you can see his old dresser on the end):
Plus, after fiddling with the design of the room a bit, I landed on moving my dresser to the long wall, and my clothes and shoes on the short wall on my side of the closet. I cannot believe how that one simple change made the room feel a million times more spacious:
I also got to work on painting the dresser. That’s been on my to-do list for a few years now. Procrastination, thy name is Beth.
As I mentioned last week, I picked up this dresser at a consignment shop a few years back. It’s super sturdy and has beautiful curvy lines with dovetail joints, but some of the decorative trim pieces were starting to come off. Plus, the handles were falling off. Plus, it has bite marks on both sides of the top. It was instant love so I had to bring it home 😆
It reminds me of day care about a million years ago (shout out to Fantasy Land!) when my little sister teethed on the owner’s rocking chair. That chair looked like a chain saw got a hold of it by the time she was through with it.
Anyway, I decided that all I wanted to do with the dresser is sand, paint, and do something with the hardware. I’m not a good enough carpenter to replace curvy decorative trim pieces, and I guess I’m nostalgic for Fantasy Land, because the bite marks don’t bother me. I’ve a sucker for quirks of old furniture.
DIY painted dresser-materials
I kept this DIY really simple and only used a few things (these are affiliate links)
- Paint- I already had a sample pot of Valspar’s Schoolboy Blue so that’s what I used. It ended up drying lighter than I expected, but it’s a beautiful, light blue, not too bright
- My favorite paint brush which will change your life when you use it
- Sanding block, fine grit
- Furniture wax- I used Ms. Mustard Seed’s furniture wax (my go-to)
Step 1: clean and sand
After cleaning off the dresser, I gave the entire surface a light sanding. After sanding, wipe the whole piece down with a cloth to remove the dust.
Don’t stress out about sanding or make it harder than it is. It literally took me less than 5 minutes to sand this whole piece.
Step 2: paint
Here are my tips for painting furniture:
- Multiple light, even coats will give you a much better finish than using heavier coats. It will dry more evenly, and brush strokes will be much less obvious. And you’ll end up with fewer drips. I ended up using 3 coats on this piece.
- Try to paint in an environment that is temperature controlled not in direct sunlight. This sounds like, duh, but I’ve painted pieces outside before, in the sun, thinking they will dry faster, and the paint ended up sticky with a poor finish (obvious brush marks, uneven finish, etc.) This will happen even if it is cool outside if you paint in direct sun.
- Remove the drawers- makes painting the body MUCH easier!
- I like to paint the body of the dresser first and then the drawers.
- This is more of a design tip than a DIY tip, but I absolutely LOVE how beautiful curvy, feminine pieces look painted a light color. It just seems to bring out the design more.
- Doing a light sanding between coats will help ensure an even finish. Again, don’t stress out about sanding- this should only take you a couple of minutes for the whole piece.
On this piece, although I sanded the top of the dresser, I decided not to paint it. I know that look is kind of overdone right now, but I like it so that’s what I did. Also, I painted the hardware, also because I like that look and felt kind of meh about the hardware finish as it was.
I actually ran out of paint before I could finish this project- you can tell that one side and a few edges still need another coat- but that will be simple do this weekend when I can pick up some more paint.
Step 3: wax
I always apply furniture wax after painting, because the wax will help the painted finish last longer. It’s a very simple last step that makes a huge difference! This is what I did on our kitchen cabinets, and the finish has held up pretty well, even with tons of daily use.
I just use a soft cloth, dip it in the wax, and apply a thin coat to the piece after the paint has dried. Use circular motions to apply the wax.
Since I ran out of paint, I haven’t done the wax yet, but I definitely will be doing that once I’m finished painting!
Step 4: admire your work
So I think the beautiful blue finish just makes this dresser absolutely SING:
I mean, who knew she had such curves?
This dresser has really kicked this space up a notch! Having just one beautiful piece in a room will do that. Even though this space is far from over, it already looks more thoughtful and considered.
I’ve mentioned a few times before how having well-designed, beautiful spaces around me make me FAR more likely to keep the room clean and organized. I’m already excited and inspired to keep working in here!
Okay, so far I’ve spent $0! So still have my entire $100 budget left.
Left to do:
Repair and paint dressers
- Paint walls, ceilings, and baseboards.
- Buy matching hangers
Add a shelf above the dresser on my side of the closet.Not needed anymore with the change in design! Move linens to the closet in my oldest son’s room(which means I have to tackle that closet as well). I’ve moved the linens but still need to tackle his closet.
- Update the lighting
- Cover the wire shelves (I have an idea for this)
- Organize my jewelry
- Do something to make this space pretty
Thanks again to Erin for hosting this fun challenge! Be sure to check out the rest of the talented bloggers who are also doing this challenge in the link up, below! I am already inspired by their plans!