Sunday, August 5, 2012

Ombre Dresser #2!!

Okay, in my last post I showed you the second dresser for the baby's room?  Here it is again if you've forgotten.....
This dresser came from my grandma's house.  She recently moved and is sharing time between my parents' house and my aunt's house.  The dresser is mostly made from cedar and she's had it, well, longer than I've been alive.  We couldn't let that go to waste!!  
The top was especially icky, but with lots of sanding it cleaned up very nicely.  Unfortunately I did not take a picture of that step.  The hardware was also pretty bad, so the hubs and I soaked it in a vinegar/baking soda mixture.  Then we scrubbed them down with a wire brush.  They are actually a VERY nice bronze color underneath all that grime!!  

For color choices I decided to go with greens.  I used 4 colors:  Valspar Apple Slice for the dresser itself, Spring Lawn for the top drawer, Afternoon Delight for the middle drawer, and Awakening for the bottom drawer.  Again I was worried that the colors would be too much for the room, but I think it turned out great!
 We decided to keep the hardware the way it was instead of spray painting it silver.  It gives it more of an earthy tone, I think.  
 It reminds me of grass in the springtime, and it looks great with the bedding my Mom bought us!
There they are!!  Both dressers, all finished BEFORE the baby gets here.  Hopefully I never try to refinish furniture while being HUGELY pregnant again, but hey, who knows, right?  

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Ombre Dresser!!!

Well over a year ago I brought home this dresser from my parents' house.  It had been sitting in their storage area for many, many moons and they were going to get rid of it.  No way!  I brought it home and it proceeded to sit in my work room.  And sit in my work room.  And sit in my work room.  
Me getting pregnant is THE best thing that could have ever happened to this dresser.  I decided it would go in the baby's room, but first it needed work!!!  I found an awesome dresser on Pinterest that inspired me to go with an ombre paint job.  Problem?  I'd never redone a piece of furniture before, so I googled some tutorials.  The one that worked best for me is from Centsational Girl.  She gives TONS of great tips and shows you exactly what products she uses.  

To get started I sanded and then primed everything with Zinsser Cover Stain oil-based primer.  Holy moly that stuff is awesome.  I actually said to the hubs while I was painting "Let's paint ALL of the furniture!"
After more sanding, priming, and sanding again, I got to work on the colors.  This part was so much fun for me. 
I also spray-painted the original hardware and added a vintage glass knob to the top drawer.  Here's the end result.
And here's a sneak peek of what it looks like in the baby's room....(ignore the terrible lighting)
It was so much fun to do, and it turned out so well, that I decided to do the same type of thing with a dresser from my grandmother's house.  
 It's old and needs a lot of work!!!  Good thing I have my trusty sander!
Check back soon for a post about this dresser!!  It's almost finished, but not quite yet.  What do you think about the yellow dresser?  Cool?  Lame?  I love it, so I guess that's really all that matters right now!