If Pinterest and DIY blogs have taught me anything, it would be the ability to look at an item and see its potential rather than its current state. Because, really, some items at thrift stores can be dirty, dated or in a downright sad state. Sure, it may take some work and maybe some additional money. But, let’s say that you find a piece of furniture that has the right shape or dimensions for your space. With a little work, you could transform it to the exact color, finish and style that fits your home.
A perfect example is this sweet find at my local Goodwill store….
An impressive combination of colors, wouldn’t you say? The dresser had paint flaking on all sides, a dent in the base and was pretty basic in appearance. Still, the dresser was solid wood and fit all my requirements for height, width, storage space and durability. So, much to the dismay of my husband, we shelled out $20 and loaded her up in the car.
First, I attacked the multi-colored, flaking exterior with a palm sander and 150 grit sandpaper. After I took off most of the paint, I switched to a fine grit sandpaper. This step helped to smooth the surface for primer and paint. After wiping the whole thing down with a tack cloth, I was left with this….
Believe it or not, this is the look of progress.
After removing the chunky piece on the front of the cabinet (in order to start with a flat surface), it was time to give this dresser a new look. I added 3.5″ tall pieces of molding around the base of the dresser (with help from the hubby), to give it a more finished look and to cover up the dent on the bottom side. Using a miter saw, we cut each corner at a 45 degree angle, nailed all four sides into place and used wood putty to fill the corners, nail holes and any other gaps.
After a quick sanding and wipe down, it was time for primer and paint. I used Zinsser primer and Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd paint in a satin finish, color matched to Valspar’s Fired Earth. Using a combination of foam roller for the flat surfaces and an angled brush for corners and detail work, I applied two coats of primer and three coats of paint.
After reading several bloggers’ suggestions, I let it “cure” for a couple of weeks. With proper curing time, the Benjamin Moore Advanced paint dries to form an enamel like surface. No poly or wax coating was needed to finish the dresser. I’d highly recommend this paint brand for furniture, if you are not planning on distressing.
The Benjamin Moore Advanced paint is self-leveling, which is a fancy way of saying that the brush strokes and roller marks disappear while the paint dries. I didn’t believe it until I saw the third coat go on. The finish was so smooth and there were no brush or roller marks to be seen.
Once properly cured, it was time to add some visual interest. This piece was pretty boxy and bland on its own, even after a good sanding and fresh coat of paint. Using this, this and this as inspiration from Pinterest, I decided to add some nail head trim to the drawer fronts. I found a roll of nail head trim online, in an Antique Gold finish. The 5 foot roll of faux nail heads comes with matching nails, which are hammered in at every 5th nail head.
Once I figured out the measurements, cut and bent to faux nail head trim to the right angles, I got busy hammering it to the drawer fronts. It was a little tricky, at first. Once I attached the first line of trim, it was easy peasy. I’d definitely recommend using faux nailhead trim. It would be perfect for upholstered headboard or detail on a fabric chair.
Once the trim was attached, I added new drawer pulls and called it done.
So, what do you think of the finished product?!
Remember…don’t shy away from the
ugly hidden gems at thrift stores or garage sales. They could easily be transformed into beautiful and functional pieces for your home.