January 2, 2012

Retro Dresser Turned Mint Green

Last week was spent working on a dresser for my mom {read about that here}. During the week I had fun painting anything that got in the way. The dresser, my entry stand, a little step ladder, a wooden serving tray, and my jewelry box are now mint green :)



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This one was what I like to call a retro number.



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It had chunks of wood missing form the drawers but otherwise was in good condition.  A couple of wood filler applications fixed that problem.



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I used my electric sander to lightly sand the entire dresser and then I applied two coats of my homemade chalk paint.



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The color is something I came up with mixing my teal and white paints I had laying around. I just love chalk paint! I make mine pretty thick.

I used my sander to distress the edges and am happy with how it turned out.



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So far I’ve only used Minwax Poly on my projects. I was looking into using a wax on this but read that it wouldn’t apply very well to a flat paint. Makes sense.

Oh and I also learned a dollar saving lesson while working on this dresser. When applying a sealant, it’s cheaper to buy the $.69 sponge brushes and discard them after each use then it is to buy a $12 paintbrush and $8 paint thinner :)



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I really started to become attached to this dresser. It was hard giving it back!!

You can find this project at these link parties.

16 comments:

  1. Great job on this dresser - I can see why you wouldn't want to give it back. I like it much better than the way it was when you started. New follower here - looking forward to seeing more of your projects. happy new year

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  2. Following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!!

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  3. Great looking makeover..beautiful color!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  4. Absolutely great transformation! I love the wax finish on the piece with the brilliant color choice!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  5. oh i love that! the design and color are so pretty! i just love deco dressers!

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  6. LOL! I've been in "trouble" with my hubby for ruining brushes and not using sponges! Valuable lesson learned!! Turned out GREAT!!!

    XO, Aimee

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  7. Good to know about the sponges! I think this turned out great with the distressing. (I'd want to keep it for myself too!)

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  8. Such a great makeover!! I love old pieces changed by a coat of paint!! :) Feathered Nest Friday is going on at my blog if you would like to come share!

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  9. Painted furniture just makes me happy, very nice !

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  10. It was in deed a bit too retro, but looking' good now! Great job!

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  11. So pretty, gotta love some good distressing! I'd be thrilled if you came to share this at the Head to Head Showdown, going live tonight at 10 at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

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  12. Great job on the dresser! I have one to do soon. I have never used wood filler, it is easy to apply??Thanks for sharing,,,,

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  13. hahaha, I learned that money saving lesson the hard way as well!!

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  14. Oh this turned out so so perfect! I bet your mom was thrilled! :o) how fun! I bet you are hooked now too huh?!
    Jaime

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  15. So cute!!! Love this... so fresh and "cottagey"!!

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  16. Thanks Rasonda! It does have that cottagey feel doesn't it?

    Thanks for stopping by!

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