Class is still in session, and my sister is still holding down the blog-fort. And, look: here she is with another project that has me drooling all over my keyboard. Take it away, Amy!!
I'm back again, this time with my latest YHL-inspired project!
(Remember the others? The Custom State Art, the Fun Geometric Art, and
the Venn Diagram, which was additionally inspired by Our Humble Abode?)
Well, this time the project involved more than an X-acto knife,
Mod-Podge, some canvases, and an hour of my time. I took inspiration
from Idea #230 of YHL's book, "Paint a Gradient."
learned: the tester pots only come in a flat finish, so if you want a
wipeable finish, you'll need to put a clear coat of something over top.
I also picked up a quart of grey-tinted Glidden Gripper water-based
primer. Love the stuff. I'll get to that part later.
I started by taking the drawers out, removing the hardware, and giving
everything a light sanding and wipe-down. Then I used a foam roller to
apply one coat of the Gripper primer to the fronts of the four drawers
and the top, front and sides of the dresser.
Then, I rolled a different color of teal paint onto each of the drawer
fronts, and I also rolled the darkest color onto the rest of the
The girl at the paint counter at Home Depot had recommended purchasing a
quart of untinted Behr Deep Base Self-Priming Interior Satin Enamel to
use for the top coat. She showed me that the paint looks milky-white
while it's wet, but said that it dries clear. I ended up buying it and
using it on the four drawer fronts, and wasn't happy with the results.
She cautioned me against making my coats too thick, but said I could do
as many coats as I wanted, as long as they were thin. So I rolled on
two super thin coats and should've only used one. It may not be clear
from the pictures, but there's a milky haze on the drawers. It was more
apparent in the darker colors, so I repainted the bottom drawer with
the dark teal paint to get rid of the haze. (Since it was a satin
finish anyway, it didn't really need a top coat for wipeability's
sake.) And thankfully, it's in our guest room, which is in our
basement, which is dark, so the haze isn't too obvious.
Once everything had a couple of days to completely dry and harden up, I
reattached the hardware, put the drawers back in, and moved the dresser
to its new home, (which happens to be the basement wall adjacent to the
wall that used to be its old home). The bottom two drawers hold the
kids' DVDs, and the top two remain empty for guests.
Okay, by show of hands, who loves this dresser makeover?! **wildly waves hand**
It think it was a great way to give the old, tired piece a new lease on life, and I think Naomi deserves a big hug for convincing my sister to choose these fresh, happy colors. Don't you just love it all?! Oh, and I, personally, am super excited to see Amy and Jim's board and batten project! I've been wanting to do this treatment to my hallway, so hopefully they're learning all the tricks that they can pass on to me once I get back on the DIY horse!