It’s here! The final result of the very long refinishing of our dresser! I left off yesterday leaving the dehumidifier on to help speed up the drying process of our primer coat. What I failed to do was take pictures in the painting process. Ooops. But look at that internet magic! Voila! The dresser in painted in this next photo. Sometimes it is just so hard to document everything via photograph when you are so eager to get the process going. I have to remind myself constantly to take pictures, because when I’m working…I’m working! No interruptions, please!
So happy with how the paint came out, that’s for sure. No brush strokes here! The only thing we did have to contend with is how the roller did add a little texture to the dresser. But, the more I look at it…the more I like it. It gives the piece a little more depth than what I would expect. Or, I could just be saying that to cover up the fact that we probably should have gone with a different type of roller. Eh…No! I really like it! Before we coated it with any polycrylic, I wanted to make sure we drilled the holes for the new hardware. That way, if we made a mistake – it would be easier to patch.
Can I get a “Ooooh” and a “Aahhh”? I love this hardware! I thought about going with the clear glass knobs and pulls, but I thought the brushed nickel made much more of a statement against the white. Plus, it matches our hooks we have behind our door so ya can’t beat that!
To get started on marking the holes, we used the Liberty guide (the same brand as the handles) to help us mark the distance between each side of the pull. We also used the Ryobi Air Grip Laser Level to ensure the marks we made for placement will all line up. Using the level made things so much easier to insure things were straight vertically, as well as horizontally. Once we were sure the holes were properly marked, Andrew went to town with his drill, and his drill bit.
Just look at him go! Drill! I won’t lie. I was pretty nervous during this part, because I was really didn’t feel like going back and patching up any mishaps that may occur. By the time the drill got going, I knew I had about 4 hours left of me to care about this project. Yes, that’s right – things like this can be exhausting! Sure, I know the outcome will be worth it. But, there are just some weekends where I wish I was on the couch, this was one of them. Moral of the story? Andrew didn’t mess up at all and the drilling came out perfect! No nerves needed!
But….this little predicament didn’t help speed up our rehab process. The screws provided with the knobs were too long for the top drawer. Andrew tried to trim it down with bolt cutters, but the thread never lined up right with the inside of the knob. Andrew had to make a quick pit stop at Lowe’s to get four shorter screws once he realized his bolt cutter theory just wasn’t jivin’.
Also, remember how earlier I mentioned the fact that I’m terrible at taking photos when I’m in the zone? Well, that strikes again because I failed to keep a photo log of our trials and tribulations of the water-based polycrylic. The most tedious of tribulations really only stemmed from the fact that our can of polycrylic was about a year and a half old. It had a wee bit of ick floating on the top. But, once we took off that first coat of skim – we were good to go! So now, I present to you what our chest of drawers looked like before…
Wee! Doesn’t it just look amazing? I completely adore it in the room. The room now feels so much more open having the chest of drawers utilizing that wall, rather than having a dresser that takes up too much room.
As you can see, I’ve already dolled it up with a few little accents. I bought those glass pieces from Ikea as well as that metal try. The contents in the glass vases are from Target. Love the mixture of blue, white, and beige.
Isn’t the contrast just gorgeous? Love it. I can only imagine how amazing it’ll look up against the grey paint I picked out for the room itself.
Are you loving the yarn letters? Especially since put together our initials are JA. Jonathan Adler much? Awesome! I’ll be posting later this week about how I made those cute little decorations for hardly any money!
So, what do you all think of the new and improved dresser?
J and A