I'm way behind on my posts! We did finally finish the addition for the baby's room. BUT... I haven't posted any pictures yet because:
a. I was waiting for my new camera lens to arrive. My husband forgot to order it for my birthday... but it did get here for Mother's Day.
b. I wanted to finished the curtains first.
c. I wanted to finish the dresser first.
d. I wanted to hang stuff on the walls.
e. None of the above got done because I was cleaning messes like this
SO... a. got done.
b. is half done.
c. IS DONE!!!
Here is the Before:
My in-laws have several of these exact same dressers. I think the story is that they were bought by my mother-n-laws parents after WWII from the US Army. They look like they are from that era.
Lockers, and some sage green I had. It was a teeny tiny bit more yellow than I wanted, but close enough for me!
(can you see that Chevron fabric on my hutch? That's for the curtains!)
Well, I was afraid I would never get this done! My garage is a disaster, and every time I clean it up so I can work on something, another
disaster mess project takes over. So, I decided that the only way I was ever going to get it done was to bring it inside.
To my kitchen!
A friend helped me move it.
And then my husband
justifiably complained that it was going to sit in our kitchen for a month!
So I HAD to prove him wrong!!!
my children all my household jobs and the laundry, and pulled out frozen dinners, and got it done in 2 days!!!
Of course, I did have lots of help from my 3 year old
And, I need to add, that I tried something new:
Homemade, of course. And now I'm going to share my thoughts on chalk paint (just skip down if you want to see the "after" pictures)
Besides having a chalky finish (not chalkboard paint- just Chalk paint- please don't try to write and draw on my dresser!) Chalk paint is touted as a paint that requires no prep work, like sanding and priming. It's also supposed to cover well and not require multiple coats of paint!!
Hey, sounds great to a girl trying to get something done and fast!!
Well... not so much.
After the first coat, I saw how badly it needed nail holes filled, and just how dinged up it really was. I filled it in a little bit and sanded before the next coat, but it probably wasn't enough.
So, I still think that even if you use chalk paint, you still need to prep. (insert frowny face)
And, it needed 3 coats of paint.
I finished it with minwax furniture wax in natural, which is what I have used on stained pieces and I loved it on those.
But, I actually wish I had use a poly finish on the dresser. But I don't wish that enough to sand it off and put on poly. I just wish it enough to use poly the first time on the next piece I paint.
Also: rinse out your brushes immediately after you use them. Soaking them in a cup of vinegar water doesn't work with all that gritty grout.
Also, I was going to sand and stain it. I tried it on the back of the dresser to see how I liked it.
Maybe the stain was too dark, but I didn't want to load the babies in the car and head to Lowe's and buy more and delay it getting finished, so I didn't distress and stain it. I can do that later if I really decide I want to.
I probably will use chalk paint again... but I will prep first (although next I want to try milk paint...)
But, despite all of that, I LOVE how it turned out! I'm thrilled with it. And it doesn't have to be perfect, because it is just a fun piece of furniture to hold my sons clothes in! And, it didn't cost me anything!!