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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Furniture Re-do

This is my first Metamorphosis Monday post. To see more inspirational before and after projects, visit Between Naps on the Porch.
Several months ago I picked up this little dresser at the Goodwill store. I wasn't sure what I wanted it for, but for $11 dollars, something could be figured out. What I did figure out first thing, though, was the mint green paint color had to go. Oh, and the knobs. Those are the same style knobs that were on Grace's cupboard. They must've been quite popular in the 70's. It sat in the garage while I worked intermittently on Taylor's desk and Grace's cupboard. Another flat surface to stack stuff on top of.

Then it came to me that this would fit in the dining room and be a good place to store table linens, napkins and napkin rings, and doilies. It's big enough to store my few tablecloths and place mats, too.

It still sat. Procrastination should be an Olympic sport - I'd be first on the team...

One lovely Autumn day I started in with some stripper. There were several spots where the paint had peeled and left a glimpse of varnish underneath. I started with those.

Then it sat awhile longer.

On another nice Autumn day, I pulled it out onto the sidewalk and got out the hand sander. The stripping was slow and tedious. The sanding went quickly. Turns out there was a layer of white paint under the mint green, but no one had sanded the varnish, so the two layers of paint were coming off in big chunks. The hand sander took care of all paint and varnish and didn't take long to strip the piece completely.

Then it got put back in the garage and sat some more.

After the New Year, I promised myself I'd get those garage projects finished, even though the weather outside was frightful. The dresser came inside and I took my time cleaning it up and primed it with Zinsser Bin 1-2-3. Then a couple of coats of satin enamel, and I had my linen storage.

Then knobs are a brushed nickel finish. I was hoping for decorative glass, but couldn't bring myself to pay more for a couple of knobs than I did for the entire piece of furniture.

I may still do something more decorative to the drawer fronts. Perhaps some wooden embellishments or some decoupage, but for now I'm enjoying the simplicity.


janet said...

you have given me an idea, i have a dresser very similiar, the girls have completely outgrown it....i love it painted black...fabulous job!!!
thanks for sharing

Sherri S said...

WOW! Great makeover. I love it.

Cass said...

Love the new "little black dress" for that dresser. Very chic!


Really Rainey said...

Its just beautiful the way it is... Nice job on the finish too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks wonderful! Great transformation.

santamaker said...

You can't go wrong with black paint. It's magical!

Rhonda in OK said...

looks great! I love black paint!

ellen b said...

That is a great re-do! You did a fabulous job! Happy Met Monday!

Happy To Be said...

Great job... BRAVO!! to you to take this on and make it look like a million dollars..I love to see vision like this..I am adding you to my blog list to follow...thanks for sharing hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE it!

Kim Chalfant said...

Looks fabulous!!! I love furniture painted black. Great transformation.

Shelia said...

Your little cabinet turned out wonderfully! Wish I could find a little piece like this. The black just looks like it belongs on it.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

DesignTies said...

Thanks for visiting our blog -- good luck with your rocking chair project!! I hope you'll post it for Met Monday once it's done :-)

You did a nice job refinishing the cabinet -- MUCH better black than mint green!!

Kelly @ DesignTies

Susan in SC said...

How lovely! This is a great idea.