Monday, July 9, 2012

Dresser Makeover


I have admittedly neglected my blog since the 4th of July, but with good reason...I promise!  This past week, I've been hard at work trying to finish my newly restored coral dresser!  I found this pretty gem about a month ago during one of my routine Craigslist hunts and knew it had to be mine when I spotted it.  The shape and size were exactly what I've been looking for and the detailing and hardware are just beautiful!  Yes, of course this baby needed a little bit of love, but at $40, how could a girl go wrong?  
Isn't she dreamy?!

Apparently, at some point in time, someone thought it to be a good idea to stick laminate atop a solid wood dresser.  The laminate look wasn't quite working for me, but from what I've read, it was nothing a little sanding, primer, and paint couldn't take care of.  I sanded the entire dresser then applied Zinsser's Cover Stain Primer.  According to my research, covering laminate would be no problemo with this stuff. 
Laminate=icky!

There I am!  Priming is some serious stuff.

I should mention that I was sure to remove all the hardware before I started priming.  And while I (impatiently) waited for the primer to dry, I gave the pulls some new oomph by cleaning and spray painting them black.  I just love how the black really brings out their great detail and how they would no longer simply blend into the bland background behind them!

Once the primer dried, it was time to paint!  I had planned on placing this dresser in our TV room, which was, well...Blehh, and in need of some color and a serious pop!  I spied some beautiful coral dressers on Pinterest and, as you know from here and here, I'm just a little obsessed with the color.  I decided to go with Bird of Paradise by Benjamin Moore.  To be honest, I was pretty intimidated when I first opened that can of paint and even more so when I started painting the first coat.
Wow, that's bright!

After two coats of coral paint and lots of drying time, it was time to create the design on the top.  I was so inspired by this credenza by Centsational Girl and knew I had to have this design on something, somewhere in my house.  Enter: my new coral dresser--the perfect candidate.  Centsational Girl's blog is also where I gained all of my newfound furniture-painting knowledge so be sure to check out her blog for tons of useful information and inspiring tips!  

Ok, so back to our beauty.  I measured and measured and measured to my heart's content (and if you think this taping business took forever, you're right!).  Alas, it was time to apply the white paint (yikes!).   I chose a standard white latex paint from Rust-oleum.  An important word to the wise: if you're considering creating a design like this with tape, be sure you don't buy fast-drying paint.  I experienced this slight oversight when purchasing my paint and the results were disastrous.  The key to getting perfectly straight lines is removing the tape when the paint is still wet--something that is nearly impossible when using fast-drying paint. :(

After sulking for a bit about my ugly mess, I got back up on my feet, re-taped, repainted, and touched up here and there and boom! I was done!  That's actually an extremely oversimplified version of how the story went (fixing the mistakes took forever!!), but you get the picture.  When I was finally satisfied, I finished it off with 3 coats of Polycrylic for protection and shine.

And now allow me to share my finished product!

And just for kicks, let's take one last look at the before & after.

Before...

After!

PS. I'm participating in these!
Furniture Feature Fridays

53 comments :

  1. Wow! That is stunning! I am also addicted to coral and the lovely hubby (finally) agreed to a small coral buffet in the living room. But i wish mine had your fancy white design on top-love it.

    I love your blog- thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you so much! I just love how bright colors serve as beautiful accent pieces in a room. Good job convincing your hubby about the buffet ;)

      Thanks for the visit!

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  2. Beautiful! First time to your blog found you from the pinterest link parties looking forward to more visits! -deb from debdoozle dot blogspot dot com :0)

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    1. Hi Debora! Thank you so much for your visit! Isn't this Pinterest link party fun? So many great inspirations out there. Headed over to your blog now! :)

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  3. Wow - gorgeous makeover! The color is truly stunning. Well done! Found you over at the Pinterest party!

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  4. I saw your credenza at the Pinterest party and had to click on it, the color is fabulous!!! You did a really beautiful job and love that you took pics of the process.

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    1. Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by & for your sweet words! :)

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  6. Words cannot describe how much I love this piece. The combination of the bright color, black handles and detail on the top is perfection.

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  7. I love it!!!. Would love to show you my 20.00 coral dresser.

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  8. Super duper love this color!! What an awesome makeover!

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  9. Great color! I LOVE the pattern on the top & think I might borrow it for my next paint project.

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  10. This looks fantastic, great job!
    www.beautejadore.com

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  11. Stunning transformation! My daughter and I are both going coral as an accent color...can't wait to show her your dresser!

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  12. This turned out amazing! I just snagged a dresser off Craigslist ($20!) and would love to do something like this. I found this post just in time :-D

    Thanks for the tip about that primer.

    What kind of roller did you use to make the paint look so smooth? (Last time I used a roller, I have a bunch of bubbles). Also, what kind of paint was your BM pain (interior, exterior, satin, gloss)?

    Thank for your help :).

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    1. Thank you so much!

      I actually just used a standard roller, then followed up with a brush to get the small corners and detail...I think the key to no bubbles is actually just using great primer. The BM paint I used was a semi-gloss.

      I hope this helps...I'd love to know how your dresser turns out! :)

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    2. Great!

      Thank you so much for your help!

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  13. Beautiful color and detail on the top, your patience paid off, it's gorgeous! Thanks for the linky love and joining in on the Pinterest Challenge fun!!
    Kate

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    1. Kate! Thank you sooo much! I admire your blog and all your work so much so it is definitely exciting to get your approval! :) Thanks for hosting the Pinterest Challenge...was lots of fun...can't wait to participate in the next one!

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  14. I am in love with this! Want to make me one? :) I am your newest blog follower - Hope you'll visit my blog and follow back if you enjoy!

    xoxo,
    Brooke
    www.decorgreat.blogspot.com

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    1. Lol! I wish I could do these re-dos everyday! That is very sweet, though! Thank you. On my way to check out your blog now! :)

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  15. Love the color! And is it just me, or do the knobs and the top drawer pull kinda look like a smiley face?

    ~em @ small girl, big world

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    1. Haha, yes! I can see the smiley face! Thanks for the visit! :)

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  16. So beautiful!!! Love the design on top. Painter's tape makes me crazy! Great job.

    Stephanie
    thestyledsoul.wordpress.com

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  17. Wow, you are super talented and creative :) I'm loving the finishing look!

    Lots of love,
    Eliza
    elizaelizabete.blogspot.com

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  18. I absolutely LOVE this transformation. I adore the colour. I used a similar but maybe slightly more orangey colour on a piece of furniture in my living room recently. It makes me smile every time I walk by:)

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  19. Love the color! Great job on the top!

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  20. This came out great! I mess up all the time. Last time, I cried. OK, it made me feel better! The important thing is that you worked really hard and now have a stunning dresser. Well done. New follower. Come by and enter my Lowe's Gift Card Giveaway.

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    1. That's definitely comforting...thank you :) On my way over! :)

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  21. This looks AHHH-mazing! .. Great job!

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  22. Oh my word, I LOVE THIS COLOR and the stencil you did. You are one brave woman for taping and measuring and not giving up. I would have said, "screw this" and just painted over the top. I am so glad you are not like me because the top is gorgeous. You did gret job.
    You should link up to Miss Mustard Seed's link party ( I think it ends tomorrow night). It will bring a lot of traffic to your blog.
    Okay, I'm rambling....again good job and I'm your newest follower!! : )

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    1. Hi Helen!! I was sooo close to giving up, but definitely glad I stuck with it :)

      And thank you for the tip! I just linked up now to Miss Mustard Seed!

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  23. This is so adorable! I am in love with the color!! Great job and I am so glad I found you blog!

    -Peggy

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  24. Wow, love the colour, love the top design (which I'm so impressed you stuck with) and the black handles! Gorgeous job!

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  25. absolutely awesome great job

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  26. I absolutely LOVE this dresser! Nice job!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment!

    Liz (www.howling-liz.blogspot.com)

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  27. hey can you readd your link to my link post i had to re edit it to show images sorry about that it was my first time using it

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  28. The coral is fabulous!! Painting the hardware black was a great choice. I can definitely see the smiley faces, but that just adds to the dresser's charm. I'm your newest follower. I hope you follow back!

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  29. Beautiful job! I love the color. I always tend to play it safe but when I see how stunning a fun color is, I'm inspired. Love it! Thanks so much for sharing! ;)

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