Furniture Redo board on Pinterest to help my creative juices start flowing when I see a piece that needs some love and attention.
When I saw this dresser on Craigslist not far from my home I had to go and take a look. The picture in the ad looked like the dresser was flawless, but when I went to pick it up it needed some work. Here is what it looked like before:
If you look at the pictures closely you can see that it is distressed in a non-chic way and with the spot on the top I knew that I had a little more work in getting this dresser ready to re-sell. The dresser was in the best shape I have ever gotten a dresser in (and cost me more than most dressers I get at $40) and so I knew that this probably would be a fairly simple project.
After deciding what I wanted to do with it I decided just to give it a fresh coat of paint and then add some chalkboard areas for fun. I bought Rustoleum's black spray paint in satin finish to match the black that was already on the dresser. Since I was matching the paint to what was there, I didn't see the need to sand down the surface or prime it. I cleaned up the surfaces and sprayed light coats over the dresser.
Thankfully I live in Colorado where it is super dry and so paint dries in record time. After the paint was dry I noticed a few areas that had gotten too much paint or too little, and worked on fixing those areas. The following day I decided to do the chalkboard paint. With a small little paint tray and sponge roller (the smallest size Home Depot sells), I poured in some chalkboard paint and carefully rolled the paint onto the raised areas of the drawers. (Oh, I took the knobs off when painting these areas). I then taped the sides and rolled on thin layers of chalkboard paint. I was nervous because the sponge made the paint look bumpy, but it dried nice and smooth. I also originally thought it would be similar in color to the black spray paint, but I am so glad it was different. The two colors compliment each other so nicely! I jumped around and did a happy dance. For once a project turned out better than I expected and took me less time and money then I expected...that never happens.
Here's how it looks now:
I am going to have a hard time selling this now since I love it so much!