I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that as my Facebook status or gchat away message over the past several months. No, I’m not that slow of a painter, I’m just THAT indecisive. I also refuse to settle on something that I know doesn’t look good.
When I started this project, I was wanting something a little less … brown. It was a beautiful hardwood dresser that I’d purchased a few years before off Craigslist for $50. There was really nothing wrong with it apart from one broken handle which I dedicated to a drawer of out of season clothes. The problem was when I moved to an apartment with hardwood floors and my desire to go with a black, white, and red theme in my bedroom. I was attempting to make the furniture and decor more aesthetically appealing. I was terrified to go with black and white wasn’t an option (all-white walls and a leasing company that wouldn’t let me paint), so I went with a dark grey – my first mistake.
As my previous post on the subject mentioned, this was quite an undertaking. It’s funny though. After a few months, I feel like a pro at painting this baby. I can now tackle this whole thing in an afternoon. Anyway, here’s how it all went down.
The dark grey looked too blue once the whole thing was painted. Seeing several blog posts about using glaze, I decided to use a black glaze to bring out the little nooks and crannies of the dresser and hopefully tone down the blue. The result? I realized I’m a terrible glazer. I had no idea what I was doing and it looked pretty awful… no, really awful. Not to mention the original brass hardware was looking worse and worse. Want proof? Jeez – I’m so embarrassed to show you all this, but seriously, at the time I was sooo proud of my little Better After-inspired dresser.
Don’t hate me. Luckily, I was moving again in a matter of months sparking yet another desire to repaint. With light pea green walls (you get used to the color when living in Baltimore) and an original exposed brick wall – we’ve guessed it’s age to be oh about 100 years old, I decided it was safe to go with a much cleaner color – ivory. Lots of blog posts mentioned ivory spray paint. So I bought a few cans of primer and ivory paint. Living on a 3rd floor walk-up and this thing weighing A TON, it wasn’t possible for little ol me to lug that thing down in the dead of winter to spray paint it outside my building. So I opened a few windows in my bedroom. Can you see where this is going? Anyone do something so dumb like this before. Spray paint makes dust and a lot of it. With no face mask, I was sneezing ivory for over a week. I’m sure a few brain cells were sacrificed along the way and let’s face it – I clearly was lacking a few to begin with on this one. With all doors of my apt open including my closet, everything looked much lighter by the end. 2 boxes of swiffer sweeping pads later, my floor was renewed to it’s original glory.
I’m also a terrible spray painter btw. Having had limited exposure to such experiences, I regret to inform you that the end result was a very stripey mostly ivory dresser. At this point, I was a week from moving and basically just gave up figuring I’d finish when I got to the new place. All moved into my new townhouse, I purchased a quart of light ivory paint, a paint brush, and all new brushed nickel drawer pulls (for $1.99 each). While painting, I realized the ivory spray paint almost has a dingy green tint to it, so the almost white paint made it look much cleaner. The only flaw with this final paint job was my cat’s ill-timed jump on top of my wet dresser and a few white paw prints to clean off of the new floor. Oops. I took the mirror that my mother bought me from TJ Maxx (For anyone looking for a unique mirror – definitely check them out. Sometimes you can get really lucky.) and painted it to match as well making sure to leave enough of the detail visible. Annnnd since I have walls that actually hold a nail – none of this silly plaster crap from my old place – I was able to actually hang my mirror. What a concept. I think it looks a million times better!
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