Friday Quickie: Petite Dresser

Many years ago, when we were young and broke (as opposed to now, when we are older and slightly less broke), we bought the girls some bedroom furniture at an estate sale. We picked up two wicker chairs (which Jason spray-painted a deep purple), a multicolored purple quilt and shams, and this small dresser. I think technically this is a lingerie chest, but anyway. We meant to repaint it. Honest. We did.

The piece is sturdy and well-made, and its small footprint means it can fit almost anywhere. I thought it would be an easy update to paint it a single color and change out the handles (which were crooked).

Famous. Last. Words.

The chest was handmade, and the carpenter decided that those handles were never coming off. They were screwed AND glued in place, and wouldn’t budge.

Suddenly, they looked a lot less offensive.

The girls’ walls are painted in Martha Stewart’s Sea Glass, a color I love. I wanted something rich and deep for the chest, and decided on a dark teal color (with input from the girls). I got the paint during Home Depot’s clearance on the Martha Stewart Glidden paints, so the quart was $3.00.

Here is the dresser being painted, along with my bedside table and Tyler’s desk. 

It took five coats to evenly cover that sucker. FIVE. The paint was very thin, like watered-down Elmer’s glue. Definitely not up to Martha’s standard. I can see why she and Glidden parted ways.

Eventually, Jason got the chest painted, and now it looks great in the girls’ room.

Quick fix for $3.00! I’m considering white vinyl decals for the top and maybe the sides. Because no project shall ever be completed. Ever.  Perhaps numbers for the drawers? Hmmm?

Have a great weekend!

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