For my birthday this year, I decided it was time for a mini-makeover in our master bedroom. You know the drill: new curtains, new throw pillows, out with the old, in with the new. Of course, my budget didn't allow for new furniture, so I've spend the last couple of weeks painting the old.
This dresser is my hubby's dresser and it's been his since childhood. I think his grandpa built it, but I forgot to do my fact-checking. So, let's just say his grandpa built it and pretend that's the solid, confirmed truth. Excellent.
To start, I painted the dresser in homemade chalk paint using dove white flat paint from Behr. To find my chalk paint recipe, go here. I like chalk paint because it covers so well and doesn't require priming. I hate to prime things. After it was painted with two coats (and dry, of course!), I took my power sander and distressed it. A lot. Like, once I started, I couldn't stop.
I knew I wanted to do something fun on the drawer fronts, but wasn't sure what until I discovered this decorative trim from Jo-Ann's. If you remember, I used the small (duct tape size) roll of this stuff (in a floral pattern) on my Mother's Day mantel. This is exactly that, only larger. It's sticky on one side, vinyl on the other. And, it adhered beautifully! I love this stuff! I'm thinking that perhaps Jo-Ann's is discontinuing the sale of this product because everything was HUGELY discounted. This roll cost me $3.99, down from $19.99.
To cover my drawer fronts with it, I first measured and cut the appropriate size using the handy grid on the back of the trim. Then, I removed the backing, placed the trim on my drawer fronts, smoothed out bumps and made slight trims with a sharp exacto knife.
Rinse and repeat (in my case) 4 times.
This was the fastest part of my dresser update. Seriously. Go hunt down some of this trim. Before it's all gone. If you don't use this exact product, a similar look can be achieved with paper, wallpaper or fabric.
(but, let's be honest, that wouldn't be nearly as quick and easy)
I really like the way this dresser makeover came together! And, when I tire of this vinyl trim, I can peel it off and do something new.
As a side note, I'll say that what disturbs be about the before picture, truly, is the outdated accents atop that black dresser.
Ever put something in your house and leave it there for an entire decade and then one day realize the world around you has evolved and your lamp is still old-world gold and amber?
Happens to me all the time. If you find yourself in a similar pickle, please know a little Rustoleom Spray Paint in Lagoon can fix you right up.
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