Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Dresser in a Day

So I've been checking Craigslist and KSL for a cheap, decent-looking dresser (for the baby's room) for a month or two now. A couple came up that we had planned on getting, but by the time we called to say we were coming, they had already sold. Bummer. But I knew something would come along and on Monday it did! I saw a posting on KSL for this free dresser.

It was all the way out in Santaquin, but I figured a 20 min. drive wasn't too bad for a free dresser, so my friend Kristina and I drove out to pick it up. Unfortunately, the frame just barely didn't fit in my car, so we loaded up all the drawers and Bryan and I drove all the way back there again that evening to pick up the frame in Kendra and Chris' van. Yay!

Since it was free I felt okay getting it with the intention to paint it. So Monday night while Bryan was working on homework I went to Home Depot and bought some paint equipment. (Special thanks to Vati and the paint guys at Home Depot (but mostly Vati) for making this project possible. I would have been lost without their help.)

Then on Tuesday morning the project began! After taking off all of the drawer pulls, I started by painting everything with a coat of the liquid sandpaper. I am sooooo glad Vati suggested this. The paint guys at Home Depot (with the exception of one) had never even heard of it, so I was glad Vati knew about it to recommend it. It made the whole project so much easier. I just painted it on and let it dry! Then it was ready for the primer.



Let me take this opportunity to add the liquid sandpaper and this Kilz primer to my list of things that are magic. As you can see in the pictures, when I painted the coat of Kilz on the ugly dark green parts and those wacko flowers were still showing through.


But when I started painting the top coat of paint you couldn't see anything! Yay!

After the top coat of light blue dried, Bryan helped me clean up and bring the dresser inside. Then he went back to working on homework while I screwed all of the drawer pulls back on. After that... ta-da!

Well, that's it! I am very proud of myself for painting the dresser all by myself and having it turn out so well! Hooray!

15 comments:

Chuck and Stacie said...

What a cool project! Good job!

Polly said...

You'll have to tell me more about the magic sand paper stuff. Maybe you've inspired me...maybe I'll paint Seth's ugly dresser...maybe...

Katie said...

If we lived closer I would just give you the rest of my liquid sandpaper (and Kilz and paint). I bought a quart (the smallest size) of each of them and used hardly any since you only need one coat. But it's super, super easy. You just paint it on and let it dry.

Emily said...

Katie, You have definitely inspired me! We have a desk that I've been wanting to paint and now I know how to do it easy! Thanks!

alee said...

You are lucky you found a dresser is such good condition to refinish!

Good job!

Kathy Haynie said...

Very impressive. I will be sure to show the pictures to Vati.

Polly, there is an extra step you have to do if you paint Seth's dresser. 1. Paint with liquid sandpaper. 2. Paint with Kilz. 3. Paint with paint. 4. Keep the 3 kids' fingers out of the paint. :)

Polly said...

Yes, thank you, Mom. There might be a few more steps...like put the kids in clothes they can get paint on because they're sure to want to help, especially Katie (my dauther). Also...remove the ugly radio station sticker that is still on the dresser from the previous owner. Is this step necessary or will the liquid sandpaper stuff take care of it. We also have an ugly bookcase that could use repainting...as well as our dark green dresser, which I would not qualify as ugly, but it could use a paint job.

On second thought, maybe I shouldn't keep their fingers out of the paint...they could always finger paint it when done. We'll see.

Katie...if you still have it and have no use for it by the time we're out there in August maybe we'll take it off your hands. That's if I haven't gotten inspired before then.

Kristina said...
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Kristina said...

It looks awesome, Katie! I'm glad it all worked out! Thanks for letting me tag along to pick up the drawers... too bad we couldn't bring more than that with us, but like you said- not too bad for a free dresser! :)

Holly Mayer said...

I think it looks very nice.

Lindsay said...

Way to go Katie! That's very impressive-and it looks great!

Spencer said...

Wow, good work! And I remember when you cut out your first paper circle.... :-)

Nancy said...

Love it, love it! Liquid sand paper, huh? That's a cool idea!

The DIY Show Off said...

You did a GREAT job! I'd love to feature it in the next furniture marathon at The DIY Show Off! :)

I'll keep you posted!
I'm having a scavenger hunt with a great prize. I hope you'll join in!

Roeshel

Infarrantly Creative said...

Oh my heavens...you should be proud! It turned out terrific. It was scary to start with...nice rescue.