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« on: October 19, 2009 07:48:50 AM »

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My favorite place to go shopping for furniture is the curb.  Seriously!  People throw out all kinds of great stuff.  

I found this dresser (classic style, but cheap quality), and the drawers all worked just fine, so I snagged it for storage in my studio.  It has been sitting, sadly, ugly, but functional, for the 9 months we've been here.  Not anymore!

I used 3 different types of spraypaint for the makeover.  Flat Black, gloss black, and gloss red for the handles.

Before:


It had some webs on it too, yummy! Tongue

don't look at that UGLY flooring, I hate it!  I want to do something to temporarily mask it, since we can't afford to replace it yet....but hubby won't let me paint it since he thinks it will be harder to remove later.  It's faux wood peel and stick.  The good part is that it doesn't matter if I get paint on the floor.  ideas?  

back on topic!!!

First, after removing all the handles, I spray painted all the drawer fronts flat black.  I used 2 coats, just to make sure I got all of it covered. (edges first!)



 When done, I used one of these IKEA placemats as a stencil of sorts, and sprayed the gloss black over the top.  


One of the great things about using cheap or free furniture, is that you dont' have to stress it if you screw it up.  This thing is fake wood grain paper on plywood, it can't get any worse!

Here's the pattern as it emerges:


And the handles, before plain boring bronze, needing coats of a glossy modern red:

but I ran out of paint right away.  BUMMER!

So, me and tornado (in our ugly paint clothes) go to the hardware store for more....
and he need to try on a hat.....and then throws a crying fit cause he can't have a toy...WHY do they sell TOYS at the hardware store?  Is NO WHERE sacred?  Srsly.  Sigh...........
 

finally, home again, and glossy red handles are done!




Both together, back inside:


and, the whole thing:

if you look TOO closely, you'll see that I didn't paint the top of it yet; I didn't want to take all of my stuff off the top!  Unless you are underneath it, you won't notice though.  It has a nice piece of teak set on top anyhow.

And, the whole pretty wall now:


A happy little 2 hour makeover for $6! Smiley

My studio is always changing and improving, and this one little thing makes me want to do more....next, paint the sewing table RED!

Comments, crits and questions welcomed! Cheesy

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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2009 08:23:36 AM »

That looks great! I love how you made it patterned. Good job.
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2009 11:00:58 AM »

You did an awesome job on it.  And I love the paint rack you have got there!
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« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2009 11:11:42 AM »

coolio overhaul OY!  I think the red handles totally make the project Grin
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« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2009 12:23:18 PM »

Very nice!
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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2009 02:28:57 PM »

Thanks guys!

coolio overhaul OY!  I think the red handles totally make the project Grin

Cheryl, those are my fave part too.  I almost opted for lime green. Smiley

Here's one more shot of them on my small work table:



Piled up it's one crazy colorful textural pile.  Yum!
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« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2009 02:48:47 PM »

lime green would have been cool too but now you have an excuse to paint your sewing table RED Grin 
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« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2009 07:13:25 PM »

lime green would have been cool too but now you have an excuse to paint your sewing table RED Grin 

Did I ever need an excuse to paint anything red or turquoise?  Cause if I did, I'd be in trouble. Smiley 

Any ideas on what to do (temporarily) with that floor?  I searched on Craftster for info to see if anyone had covered their peel and stick, but didn't see anything.  Have you seen anything?
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« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2009 10:56:22 AM »

I also have a curb-thrifted dresser with crappy handles like yours and I never thought of painting them red- I think that's gorgeous!
Okay, I can kinda see your hubby's point about painting the floor with, say a bucket of paint... but couldn't you use light coats of spray paint with your same template (which is clever as hell, btw) and do a similar pattern? Hmmm...
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« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2009 03:06:47 PM »

I also have a curb-thrifted dresser with crappy handles like yours and I never thought of painting them red- I think that's gorgeous!
Okay, I can kinda see your hubby's point about painting the floor with, say a bucket of paint... but couldn't you use light coats of spray paint with your same template (which is clever as hell, btw) and do a similar pattern? Hmmm...

Ooooh, you got me thinking.  What about using 2x2 tiles (bigger squares) and using a different color/stencil on each?Huh ooooooh.  Smarty girl!  If I open ALL the windows I bet it won't stink too bad.  Now I want to go do that RIGHT now!!!
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« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2009 09:31:25 AM »

this looks fabulous.  very inspiring
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« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2009 11:22:34 AM »

I also have a curb-thrifted dresser with crappy handles like yours and I never thought of painting them red- I think that's gorgeous!
Okay, I can kinda see your hubby's point about painting the floor with, say a bucket of paint... but couldn't you use light coats of spray paint with your same template (which is clever as hell, btw) and do a similar pattern? Hmmm...

Okay, so it's going to take me about 5 years to paint this floor!  Well, maybe not that long.  I grabbed a random variety of colors from the garage and am working on squares (3x3 of the faux wood ones) in a random pattern....I have added pattern/design to a few, but I'm not sure I'll keep doing that.  I dont' want it to look too much like a kindergarten classroom, lol. Smiley 
I probably only have 1/4 of it done (I'm leaving a 2ft border around the edge of the room undone, since I can't move all that shelving anyway), and that is working on it in 2 sessions.  I'm getting high (even with the door and windows open!) so I'm taking a break.  Still though, it's fun!  I may just do 2-3 squares every night or so, since it's pretty fast.  I need a turquoise color though.  I'll have to check around for one.
Thanks for the idea!  I'll post a few more pics when it's closer to being done.

P.S. Hubby hasn't seen it...wonder if I should have told him?  lol.  Well, it is MY playroom, and I can't imagine anything would look worse that what is already there.
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« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2009 02:23:21 PM »

A. I love it
B. Just wait about an hour until he's nice and stoned from the fumes to tell him- he'll be happy about anything by then!  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2009 05:19:01 PM »

A. I love it
B. Just wait about an hour until he's nice and stoned from the fumes to tell him- he'll be happy about anything by then!  Cheesy

A thanks!  It looks better the more I add...putting black in has helped a LOT.
B the room is an addition to the house, so I can leave the windows open and it doesn't stink inside, woot!

I'll post some pics when I get it done.  Thanks for the inspiration!

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2009 11:34:28 PM »

Amazing!  Where did you ever get the idea to use those placemats as a stencil?  Bye the way, the top looks great the way it is combined with your expert finishes. 
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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2009 08:30:11 PM »

I love the red handles!  I never would've thought to give it such a fun little kick!
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« Reply #16 on: November 12, 2009 07:30:25 PM »

Amazing!  Where did you ever get the idea to use those placemats as a stencil?  Bye the way, the top looks great the way it is combined with your expert finishes. 

Well, I bought it specifically to use as a stencil, that's what it looked like in my eyes! Smiley 

And thanks!  My brain is just wack a doo, so random things come to it.
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