So, this project. It's in this photo:
Do you see it?
Also, remember when I said I was determined to bring Ombre into this house one way or another?
Now do you see it? Does my blog post title give it away?
So, for some reason when we moved into this house we decided that we were going to go nuts on re-finishing furniture. I really don't know why we never did it before- other than a lack of a good space to really work on this stuff. But with a whole huge house to fill up, and a budget that it going mostly down the drain (literally) for plumbing and other water related issues...it has been fun to take a few throw away pieces and make them special. I'll get to blogging about all of them eventually, I promise.
But to start, take this little gem:
My hubby found it at a garage sale for $5, and after texting me a pic and the price tag, I told him to grab it quick! It's on the small side- more of a night stand size than full dresser...but for our 4 yr old, it was just perfect!
As far as refinishing it, this $5 piece was a great start, because we had no idea what we were doing, and if it didn't turn out, it wouldn't be a huge loss. The dark finish was beat up, but an hour or so with the power sander and it was ready to be made pretty.
I decided to paint the base boring old white.
It took about 3 coats using a small roller. I also diluted some of this stuff into the paint.
Never having painted furniture before I can't really say whether or not it made a difference, but I read in several places that it would help eliminate streak marks when painting furniture. And I didn't really have any streaking, so I guess it worked. It stinks like crazy though, just FYI.
Then came the fun part. I took the blue color of my daughter's wall and painted the top drawer full strength blue (2-3 coats). Then I pour some blue and some white together onto a plastic disposable plate and mixed them together. It was a super exact science.
I painted the next drawer using the mixture, and then pour some of the first blue/white mixture onto a new plate and added some more white. I painted the next drawer with the second dilution of blue/white and then diluted again by just adding more white to the previous color. And so on, and so on. I did each dilution on a new plate so I could go back and do additional coats without having to remix the colors.
It's called serial dilution. I learned that in grad school :)
The effect it super subtle, and if I were to move the drawers around I might not know where to put them back- but the effect as a whole is exactly what I wanted.
After it all dried, I gave it a quick finishing coat with this stuff, to protect it.
The result is a (hopefully) durable finish that isn't crazy shiny. It goes on like melted wax, but dries smooth. Pretty cool. Oh, I also spray painted the knobs using some old silver spray paint I found leftover from who knows what.
The finished product? So perfect for the space and ultra budget friendly!
That's what it looks like on a good day in her room.
This is what it looks like when it's "staged" to be blogged about.
If you're going to pin an image from this post, I'll give ya one guess which one you should pin. :)
Happy furniture painting!