Friday, August 9, 2013

Dresser Update

Wow, thank you all for your input and help with the shelf issues. You all definitely came to the rescue! I think it's been decided that my dad and I are going to try and build the pipe ones. He texted me right after I posted that and said "I like the second option"... which I, of course, took as him volunteering to help me ;) He's super handy (we did this project together, remember?), so I'm sure they'll look great. Plus, they're more custom than buying shelves off the shelf. hah. Meaning, we can make them as tall as we'd like, and even include the TV area if needed (which I like the idea of). Woo! Excited for this. 

Anyway, glad that dilemma is solved. Yesterday, I ordered my sofa (this one in the 92" option!) and it'll come in a couple of weeks. yessss! It's nice and long and also very deep, so it's a way comfier option. Plus, it's pretty. Done and done. 

Last night after work, I decided to paint the dresser I got at Goodwill this week. Non-stop painting in my life. It's good. It really makes me super happy to be painting stuff for me again : ) Though, I did use leftover paint from a client job for this! The color is Ozark Shadows by Sherwin Williams, and when I painted my client's night stands in it a few months ago, I really loved it. It's a soft putty gray that I thought was super pretty and I love it in my house, too.

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Here's my console before I painted it. I do love the wood look, buuuuut it was in horrible shape (clearly). It's a cheapie piece of furniture anyway, so it was not something that I could've restored and restained or anything. It just made sense to paint it. Plus, with the bookshelves and other pieces I have coming in the living room, it didn't need to fight with other wood stains. 

Ozark Shadows it is.


Here's a progress shot. Mika inspects, as usual.

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I primed it with oil based kilz like I always do with furniture/cabinetry, and then did the paint on top of that. It was so easy. I even timed it so that I had primed a piece at the studio, then brought my wet brush/roller/tray home and painted my piece. Makin' it happen conveniently. 

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here it is now:

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I didn't realize when I bought it that a knob was missing from the very bottom. I may replace these knobs, because I know that Home Depot has a knob that almost looks similar and could be cute. Also, the "middle drawer" was a faux looking drawer where there was a line painted on the longer drawers on the right to make it look like there was a row of skinny drawers down the middle. You can see it if you scroll up. I might paint in a line, too, so it doesn't look like the drawers on the right are super long. I don't know. We'll see.

For now, Im just loving the color and change up. 


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I got that little rhino glass container and the antlers at a store called Birds of a Feather in my hometown of Griffin GA this week (because I was working down there). It's a cute store with lots and lots of treasures. If you are looking for wood or metal vintage crates - GO! It's worth the drive, and you can tell that some creative folks are running the place. Plus, I always love to support fellow artists.

29 comments:

  1. love it....... great looking

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  2. I kind of dig the assymetricalness of the long drawer with the knobs at the end!

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    1. Agreed. I think i like it better this way.

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    2. oo, this is good to know! maybe i'll leave it!

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  3. I love this! We've been putting off finding a dresser forever, lots of hard work!

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    1. it is! I knew i wanted MCM, so i had been on the look out. i can't bring myself to pay crazy prices for something i know i can find for cheap if i just keep an eye out ;)

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  4. Super cute...that IS a great color. Love me some handy dads who come to the rescue. Looking forward to seeing what ya'll create.

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  5. Looks awesome, you are so talented. Can you share the color of your interior doors?

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    1. I think it's iron gate by sherwin williams!! :)

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  6. Looks great and I love the new color. I also want to comment about loving the asymmetrical as-is look!

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  7. Ahh, we just got a weird dresser like that too, where there are only 6 drawers but it is made to look like EIGHTEEN! Yes, there were eighteen handles on this thing!!! And it has one long side and one short side of drawers (and it had a plethora of different size knobs and pulls)

    Yours looks great! We haven't started working on ours yet other than to take off the ugly...so its nice to see one finished!

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  8. I like the asymmetrical as-is look also. It looks great! What room did it go in?..Alison

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    1. this is in our entry way, in the living room!

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  9. I love the new color, but I think painting the line for the faux middle row of drawers would be a good idea. That's a personal preference thing though. I know you posted the pipe shelves from The Brick House, but Daniel from Manhattan Nest did a couple of nice tutorials on making them as well that you should check out, if you haven't already. Here's the link: http://manhattan-nest.com/2011/05/19/the-danieldaniel-project-the-colossus/

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    1. thank you! I think I will end up painting the lines, because I'm a fan of symmetry more than asymmetry :)

      i will check out the link! we are starting today!

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  10. Do you do anything to your painted furniture in terms of a top coat? I have heard some people use wax or poly to protect the surface, but I wanted your take. I painted me daughter's dresser and it seems to have just a little stick to it. Any ideas on how to get rid of that tacky feeling after something has been sitting on it for a while?

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    1. I haven't on this, and I usually don't on furniture. I prefer to use just a super high quality paint for durability, but you're right, it does get sticky. The best thing is to dry it with AC on high! It helps. I do use wax sometimes on lighter pieces, depending on how I finish them. I might be getting a piece of glass cut for the top of this, though. I did that for the nightstands in our bedroom, and I like it.

      The tacky feeling should go away over time, but it does take sometime! even maybe 6 months or so! Also depends on the paint you use. My favs are Ben Moore's aura brand and Sherwin Williams pro classic in satin.

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    2. Thank you for your input. I did use a SW paint (not sure which type), but it has only been a couple months, so maybe it will get better as time goes on?!

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  11. Love the gray!! It looks awesome.

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  12. Ooh, this looks awesome! The asymmetrical drawer is cool. Maybe for a hybrid idea, and to save the cost of new knobs, you could fill the extra knob holes, and then paint a pattern? So it looks like a piece of painted wood between the two drawers or something? I saw someone do this recently but now I can't find the link. Such is life. :) Love your blog, and your whole house is awesome inspiration for me!

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  13. So cool! I love how you styled the dresser - so airy. Can you share where the lamps are from?

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    1. thank you! the lamps are from target!

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  14. Beautiful dresser. I'll ask my husband to make one for me.

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