Thanks for all your guesses, everyone! Let's give a big congrats to Marisa, who was the first one to guess correctly! She guessed 20 bucks and that's exactly what I paid for this dresser. Actually, it came with a really cool mirror, too, which I think will end up in my bedroom--I'll show pictures when it's painted. I love a good deal!
So, do you want to know what the dresser looked like before it was painted? Here it is, with some of the drawers already pulled out...
Not so pretty in my opinion.
Do you have a piece of furniture you want to paint? I'm sure there are a gazallion ways to do it but this is how I did it. It's real easy. This is what you do:
1. Grab a friend to help you if you really want to crank it out--Avey helped me and we had a grand ol' time!
2. Remove the hardware
3. Lightly sand the piece of furniture
4. Wipe it down to remove the sanded particles (we took a leaf blower and blew the dickens out of the dresser--it helped a lot! I then used tack cloth to remove the finer particles.
5. Prime, prime, prime. We used Kilz Primer spray paint--this stuff is awesome! It covers the wood so incredibly well. At first I used Krylon primer and it is WEAK compared to Kilz--we had to spray over the same area at least five times to get somewhat decent coverage. At this point I should also add that I chose to use spray paint because I've been told by various sources that it is much faster/easier than regular paint... I agree. :)
Kilz leaves a slightly bumpy texture so after it dried, I LIGHTLY sanded it using very fine grit sandpaper until it was smooth--this does not take much effort, so be careful not to remove the primer to the point that the wood shows through.
6. Spray paint away--be careful not to get too close to the wood! I used Krylon satin ivory spray paint. I ended up using about 4 cans for this project.
I then used Ralph Lauren Aging Glaze to give it a slightly distressed look--I wiped most of it off with an old washcloth.
I also painted the hardware since I'm not a fan of the brass color, so it went from this...
Thank goodness for Rust-Oleum Hammered Spray Paint!
In my opinion an old outdated dresser is the perfect project for this. I love mine. :)
So, once again, here's the BEFORE picture:
And here's the AFTER:
Oh, and here is a BEFORE picture of the side table(s)...
And the AFTER:
Pamela, a gal who's grateful for paint