I have been painting up a storm this past month! First the coffee table got smothered in white paint, then this monster of a craft station, my entire kitchen is now a soft blue and I gave one of the wooden lockers at ReHouse a facelift with some charcoal paint. My fingernails are a mess and I have paint on all of my comfy yoga paints, but OO-LA-LA! I have completed projects-what a great feeling! (piles of dirty laundry NEVER go away, right?)
I found this beastly dresser at the ReHouse for $25. It’s not the typical piece of furniture they carry, in fact that’s why it was priced so cheap. They thought it was U-gly and wanted it gone. I liked the carved details and I knew…I just KNEW it would look pretty when I was all done. I had the guys at the store load it up in my truck and strap it down. WHOA-This dresser is longer than my truck bed. It’s like the size of a casket, and crazy heavy. Solid wood. A solid 1970’s piece.
The hutch was found on a different day at the VOA for $9. I like the curves and the shelves and I decided to put the two pieces together for storage in my basement.
My sister and I went to a “paint bar” in Wisconsin where they have all the supplies for people to create a canvas. They serve finger foods and wine too. Super cute little place; I’d love to see something like that in my town! We each made a little canvas, moaning and groaning the first hour at how awful we paint. The last hour was relaxing once we got going. I ended up with a flower, since that’s pretty much the only thing I can freehand. I love the deep turquoise color of the background, and used that as my inspiration when I chose the paint color for my giant dresser. When I was waiting around at Home Depot for the paint, I saw a display with Glade scent add-ins. WHA??? I picked up the “clean linen” stuff for $5 and added a little to my paint can. YUMMO! It was fairly strong while painting and the scent is supposed to linger for up to 6 months.
After I painted the piece, I added some white glaze to one door and took a comparison picture. I put this picture on Facebook and asked which one people liked best. I had already decided to glaze the piece to bring out the details, but it was so fun to see the responses come in! 16 people voted for the white glaze and 9 people preferred no glaze. Interesting….. interesting…..
I set up a workspace in the living room and within a week it was done! I kept track of my time , out of curiosity and it was ten work hours. GAHHH. (Cleaning, painting, glazing, clear top coat and lining the drawers with paper.)
$45 out of pocket and ten hours of work to get this unique storage piece for my basement. Not bad, right? Ten hours seems a little excessive, to be honest….but I enjoy the transformation process: ugly beast turned into a glamorous and fragrant storage solution.