Dresser, Take Two
July 15, 2013
I’ve mentioned a few times that we’re redoing the guest room which wears two hats: it also serves as my oldest daughter’s room when she’s home from college (which is right now and through August!) Her closet has some built in drawers and a place to hang clothes but the room needed more storage for clothing, for both her and for guests in her absence.
I was ready to buy her a new one but then remembered I had a dresser that could work, one that was sitting in the studio and then in the corner of the garage, and one I picked up for $40 while thrifting a few years ago. I almost sold it, decided against it, and I’m glad I did because I saved myself several hundred bucks just repurposing it in this space.
The dresser has lived in various places over the years (you can see it here in the entry). I originally painted it a gray blue, but decided to go bolder this time and painted it a brighter Monaco blue to suit this space, and also to introduce a fun dose of color.
You can always paint over latex or water based paint with more water based paint if there is no protective coat in between. I had only protected the top on the last paint job so I sanded the top of the dresser down to the first layer of paint, then painted over it with Glidden’s “Regal Wave” with a coat of clear paste wax added to the top. A buffed coat of wax always removes the “stick” that happens on the surface with many latex paints so you can lay things on top.
I also brightened up the dulled hardware with RubnBuff in Gold Leaf.
The paint I used is just the leftover paint from the backs of these modified Billy bookcases. Funny how it’s dark and almost navy inside the bookcases – the dresser looks the same in evening light. I love that it changes color over the day from a brighter blue in daylight to a deeper moodier shade at dusk.
Yes I’m obsessed with all things blue but I believe when decorating your home you should stick with the hues that make you happy. This one always has! For similar looks see this blue chest and this Pottery Barn inspired boy’s dresser. #AddictedtoBlue
You may recognize the framed marbled paper from last year’s autumn mantel. The vase and the canvas art were DIY projects, more deets on those coming later this week!