(or the one where I used oil-based paint again and a crock pot)
Hi Friends! Let’s start the week off with a little DIY makeover, shall we?! Summer is my favorite time to work on furniture projects around here. As mentioned last Friday, I am sharing this DIY Bamboo Dresser Makeover with you today.
This vintage Thomasville piece was a really happy find in a local resale shop. The hardware had been painted several times and the drawers were painted a blue that didn’t work with our decor. I got it at a really good price, so a little work on my part wasn’t a big deal. Plus, I’ve never met a piece of vintage faux bamboo I didn’t like, so there’s that.
Here’s a shot of the before. It wasn’t awful in its before state, but I knew it could really shine.
I am so smitten with how this turned out. It is so much more refined and rich now. I went back and forth on the color and finally decided to go white because of my desire to change the colors in here all the time. I didn’t want to have to repaint this once I felt compelled to mix it up again.
The key to the flawless finish is the oil-based paint I used and the brush. Oil-based paint takes patience but it is my favorite for furniture. It takes longer to cure and dry but it is so worth the couple extra days for the finish. It gives a brush stroke free finish and if you want to go glossy for a lacquered look it is superb. I used the same paint I used on my Ikea Rast Hack (HERE). The Pittsburgh Paints & Stains Door, Trim, and Furniture Paint. You can shop for it at Menards.
Now the hardware…
The hardware was painted 3x. I know, GASP. After many suggestions from my Instagram buddies, I researched the crock pot method. I chose the fast crock pot method and you can see the details in my post HERE about it. This saved me a lot of torment, let me tell you! The paint just falls off the metal. Simply A-MAZ-ING!
Just a little effort on my part and now we have a vintage beauty gracing our living room.
I am still playing around with the layout of this room now. For the sake of this post, I styled it for a bar which I kinda sorta love. Okay, I really, really love. But D and the kids trump that. My family really loves having a tv in here so…
I will have to move it into a place that works for that and against my will (deep breaths) style around a TV. Le sigh. The styled bar was fun while it lasted!
Well, as my friend Shavonda says…I am going to have a case of rearrangitis again. Maybe if I find a good plan to style around the TV I’ll share it with you soon. Wish me luck!
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