1.30.2011

2 tone dresser

I’m really loving this look and I hope to try it again on another piece, very soon! Smile  I started by buying my supplies.

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Foam rollers work best for furniture, less hand brushing means less brush strokes.

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Behr paint in {gloss} Creamy White.  A little trick is to use a flathead screw driver and put a few holes in the lip so the paint drains back in after you pour it.  {You really have no idea HOW many times I have splattered paint everywhere when hammering the lid back on!}
I decided to do something different and spray primer this to save some time, it was SOOOO much faster!!


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I used this primer….

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Next I spent about an hour {ok maybe 2} sanding.

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The top was easy, the molding around it, ehhh not so much.  I got a detail sander, but a Dremel would be better.  {I just didn’t want to spend 100 bucks buying one} 

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After sanding and washing it, I stained it with Minwax in Dark Walnut.

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I took a few sandings and coats to get a good coverage, then I taped it off and painted the bottom.

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A little trick to save your brushes for when you have to go in and take care of the child. Smile

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I’ve left them in there for days and they were still good to go when I came back!
I also sprayed these down with Oil Rubbed Bronze {my new bff! First time trying this stuff and I loved it!!}

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{After}

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Ain’t she purty?

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I love the handles now, usually I buy new hardware, but I’m so glad I tried the ORB!
Remember the cords from the tv on the wall?  Well after doing some reading I decided that cutting a hole in my wall and running the cords through was just not something I wanted to do.  So I have 2 options: 1. paint them the same as the wall color {Rainwashed by SW} or 2. make one of those cute cord covers.  Since I already had the paint on hand I tried that first.
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It does help, but I think I may just make a cord cover and see how that looks too.  You really should have seen the look my husband was giving me when he saw me painting those cords Smile He said ‘why stop there just paint the TV too! LOL
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Look at this cute vase I picked up at Marshall’s for 5 bucks! Love the owls!
Just one more…..
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Linking up!
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31 comments:

  1. It's beautiful and gorgeous! Happy Birthday, early! Mom

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  2. Beautiful! You did a great job.

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  3. OMG Grl you have some major talent that dresser is GORGEOUS!! I love the BIG transformation and the hardware for the dresser is fabulous....LOL what your hubs said about painting the cords sounds like something my hubs would say LOL

    They totally don't get things really need to match hahahah

    xoxo
    Sums

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  4. I am in love. I need this dresser in my room!!!
    Megan you are so talented!!! Lucky too because thrifting here in colorado or looking for good pieces is a joke.
    xo
    KATY

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  5. WOW!!! What a beautiful dresser. Love your step-by-step directions. Some of them I use too and they do work.

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  6. I love it! Then again, I love all your projects! Next time you're looking for something to do - I need a cute bookshelf or hallway-type table for the transition between my living/dining rooms. Now, if only you lived closer to me.... :-))

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  7. Oh my god! I want to this to this TERRIBLE dresser we have in our house. I might be emailing you soon to ask for some tips...

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  8. Hi - I just bought your 'old' dresser and by the way I love it. Harbor Freight has a off brand drimmel tool that is way cheaper and there are usually coupons for 20% off in the Sunday paper. I think there is one in this weeks paper actually. Hope that helps.

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  9. I love it! I need to paint the dresser for Bun's nursery soon. I'm totally using that primer. I think it will save me some time. You did such a great job.

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  10. beautiful job, I love it.

    Cha Cha

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  11. I really love it! I have a dresser that I am going to do with the same colors!

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  12. So now that's I've seen this tonight I think I'm going to paint Ellie's bookshelf that's in need of an overhaul. I already have the white paint out and all. LOL!!! Gorgeous work!!! Absolutely love your dresser!!! XOXO

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  13. OMGoodness, I love it. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Amazing job - and I love the zebra rug :-)

    I have almost the exact same dresser, except mine has doors on the sides.

    They have primer that you don't have to sand to use. Zinsser. Try it out sometime, you might like it.

    I hope when I paint mine it comes out as good!

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  15. Gorgeous!! This is the look I am going for with my dining set when it gets warmer out. LOVE the ORB handles...it's the best and cheapest makeover in my opinion! I'd love to see you on my weekend linky party starting Fridays. http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

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  16. oh man, that looks SO good! i need to do something like this, especially the 2 tone! great choice!

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  17. Oh my goodness! love it! I have looked and looked for a fun dresser to redo for my babys room! this one is perfect! and love the 2 tones! Well done!

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  18. OK ... that dresser looks gorgeous and paired with that area rug - Fabulous! Great job!

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  19. Thanks so much for linking up :)

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  20. Very nicely done! I've really been thinking about doing that to my cherry wood dresser! We will see!

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  22. this looks so nice! what a difference. i love the color choices!

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  23. you did such a great job. The dark top makes it look ever so much more charming than if were all white. Absolutey love it. Big kudos! hugs, Diane

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  24. That dresser is amazing! I love the contrasting colors and the hardware looks like new!

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  25. You did a great job! LOVE it! :)

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  26. Lovely work! I have a similar dresser that has been on the possible tossing out list, but not now. Your work has inspired me to keep it and give it some much needed love.

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  27. Really beautiful!!! I love the two-tone look. I have never tried rolling on paint onto a piece of furniture. I always spray or brush! This definitely seems easier, so I'll have to give it a try.

    For your cords, you could purchase one of those metal cord covers (that you see used with wall-mounted bedside lamps), and the even paint the metal your wall color. Run both cords through the metal cover, and it'll give you a neat, clean look.

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  28. This looks so good... It looks like the factory finish. Beautiful!!!

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