Posts Tagged ‘refinish’

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My room

February 12, 2009

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Grandma,

This is a picture of the other side of my room.  The person taking the picture is standing next to the dresser that is being redone.  As you can see, it’s a blank slate.  The walls and carpet are neutral and the other dresser is very light yellow with a sage green boarder around each drawer front.  It has the distressed look.  The bedding is like a cocoa color but I change it often.  In fact, right now it is a cream colored duvet with a dark olive green throw and pillow. 

I think that means I can do whatever I want to the dresser.  Then I can decorate the rest of my room around it.  All the colors I’m drawn to are bright and cheery.  I like aqua or spa blue and spring green.  I think I may paint it one of those colors and then do some kind of designed stencil in white.  I think the look I like is cottage/shabby chic.  I am open to suggestions.

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The Dresser

February 10, 2009

Here are some photos of the dresser about half way through the process of getting all the paint stripped off.

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As you can see I finished stripping all the drawer faces and both sides.  I only just started on the top.  I covered it with a sheet because I didn’t have time to finish the job and I didn’t want any curious kitties sampling the residual paint.  The process is sort of fun.  I took the dresser outside and sprayed it down with the stripper chemical.  I just had to let it stand for about 5 minutes before I could actually see the paint start to bubble up.  I then took a plastic scrapping tool and went to work.  The many layers of paint came off in big, sloppy globs.  Cool!  It is nice that now the drawers open and shut much easier!

In these pictures you can see the different color samples that I’m considering.  I feel some pressure to make it match my other furniture or my bedding or something.  I won’t be able to paint it for a while though.  No rush.

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Re-Doing the Dresser

February 9, 2009

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This is my dresser.  When I bought it for $50.00 at a flea market it was just basic white but the paint was peeling off and I am a compulsive picker.  So, I had to repaint it to keep myself from peeling all the paint off.  I decided I would paint it that lovely orange color, which I thought was terracotta, then wash over it with some watered down yellow paint.  So, it turned out pretty streaky and ugly.  I’ve been living with the ugly dresser for almost 2years now.  I remember that because I started painting the week before I turned in my notice at Freeman. (Life changing moment!)

I’m in the process of stripping all the paint off the dresser now and have to decide what to do with it.  Any suggestions?