Something major happened this weekend. I finally completed a project that I’ve been working on for 7, SEVEN, months. Behold, the finished product:
I picked up this dresser just a couple of months after we moved into our house last year (read more about it here) and it’s been sitting in our garage, in various stages of being made over, since then. Here’s what it looked like before…
Crazy, right?! I knew when I saw this dresser that the lines were perfect. Nice and clean with a little fancy curve on the legs. And 8 drawers! Oh, the storage possibilities!
I actually had intended to paint it a shimmery gold color. I had chosen the color Froth in the Martha Stewart Precious Metals line. I even painted it that color this fall. Two long coats of very hard-to-work-with paint later, I realized I hated the color. It was VERY yellow-y and not gold at all. This discouraged me a lot, and I ignored it for months.
A couple of weeks ago, I became motivated again on a warm day and headed back out to the garage. I had decided to go with white this time, since I knew it would look good no matter what.
I picked up a quart of Valspar no-VOC, low odor paint in Ultra White and got to work! After two coats of white and two coats of Minwax poly in Semi-gloss, she was all finished!
My husband helped me add the hardware yesterday. I wiped everything down with a wet rag again (after 7 months in the garage, it was pretty dusty!). We finally moved it upstairs and got it all set up and I am seriously IN LOVE.
I ended up buying three different types of hardware before settling on these guys. Surprisingly, they were from Target (who knew they had furniture hardware??). I knew I wanted dark hardware after seeing several white dressers + dark hardware on Pinterest. Here’s a close-up:
How bout a side-by-side before and after, huh?
I just can’t believe how awesome it turned it. My husband told me that he had his doubts during the 7 months it sat in the garage, but he couldn’t believe how nice it turned out. I had my doubts, too! But I’m so happy I stuck with it and didn’t give up.
This was the first major piece of furniture I’ve made over on my own. My mom helped me refinish a coffee table in college, but this project was a much larger undertaking. I definitely learned a TON in the process and I’m planning a post with some tips for newbies.
What do you think? Do you love it as much as I do?! Have you made any furniture over recently?