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« on: November 24, 2008 08:56:02 PM »

I have no idea what to do with these! I had them at my last apartment and never got around to doing anything to them but now that I'm moved into a new place that doesn't have carpet everywhere [meaning I can paint inside] I want them to look like they belong. That and I haaaate blonde wood, it's tacky and looks horrible with white walls. The main issue I'm having with ideas is what to do with the face of the drawers and surfaces [the sides, space around drawers, and handles will be black]. And what kind of paint would you suggest? Because I live in Canada and it's late November, it's snowing so I can't do it outside meaning fumey paints are a baaaad idea. Any ideas? I'm leaning towards more of a "punk" style, I guess kinda thing.

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2008 09:11:34 PM »

Oh I hate blonde wood too! This is just one idea and it depends on if you like a collage-y look or not but what about decoupage?
You could find some cook punk-y looking scrapbook paper, wrapping paper etc... and use Mod Podge to cover it.
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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2008 09:54:08 PM »

Oh I hate blonde wood too! This is just one idea and it depends on if you like a collage-y look or not but what about decoupage?
You could find some cook punk-y looking scrapbook paper, wrapping paper etc... and use Mod Podge to cover it.
That's just one idea Smiley

I agree!  I've seen some really cool furniture decopaged.  Or there is an "indoor" spraypaint - it's called Aqua something and it's water based so it low fume.  But I did it indoors and went kind of all over in the air - so definetly lay a LARGE tarp down.

« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2008 09:57:09 PM »

Mod podge with handbills (you know the posters that bands tape up on telephone poles)If you add enough layers, it will look just like a telephone pole, esp. if they're already a little worn looking. (But don't wrap over the edges of the drawers or they'll get stuck!

Oh and just saw someones else's dresser thats worth checking out
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2008 10:54:28 PM »

I 2nd that CayceeMae! (The link added for the Sid and Nancy dresser) All the drawers are flush with each other and would be perfect for that type of project.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2008 11:11:23 PM »

I like the previous ideas. I wouldn't use spray paint inside.
To get good adhesion of paint or decoupage, light rough sanding is a good idea. If the odor bothers you open a window and put a fan in it or at least use an exhaust fan in the kitchen to help draw the fumes out. Ask the folks at the paint/hardware store for recommendations.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2008 07:50:35 AM »

I think decoupage would be super cool, but if you want to paint, just make sure you follow these steps if you want it to last:

1. Prepare the surface by removing any grease or wax and then by lightly sanding to give it some tooth - use a fine grit like 220.  Then make sure you get all the dust off.

2. Use a good quality, high-adhesion primer - you can find them in water-based versions that are non-toxic and  aren't as stinky, but it will smell a little.

3. Then a couple of thin coats of acrylic (not latex) house paint with about 8 hours between coats and another couple days before you reassemble the dresser and you should be fine.  Most acrylic paints have a final cure time of 30 days, so it while it will feel dry the chemical process of drying won't necessarily be complete until then.  If you can stand it, wait until after that to set stuff on the top and when you do make heavier things have those felt pads on the bottom. 

This sounds like overkill, I'm sure, but it's what I recommend when I repaint kitchen cabinets for clients and it hasn't failed.  When I see home make-over shows on TV I always wonder just how long before the homeowner realized that their lamp is stuck to their end table and pulling off a ring of paint when they get it loose, etc.

Oh! And if you can avoid painting surfaces that will rub against each other (the sides of the drawers, the back of the drawer face, etc. you'll have better luck.
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2008 09:15:57 AM »

Thanks for the ideas guys!

TheMistressT - Sounds like a good idea, but I'm on a super beyond low budget and I have a dog who likes to chew so everything has to be kept off the floor, and a cat who pretty much owns the place so dry time is incredibly limited.

CayceeMae - I'd so go for the handbills thing, but I only have about 5 flyers that are printed out and don't own a printer.

« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2008 09:45:55 PM »

Try asking at the local bars if you're old enough - the ones here usually have them up and might have more there. or just steal err take down off of telephones poles or whereever they get stuck on. and bring something to cut tape with...
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2008 08:08:38 PM »

The dresser has potential... Have you checked out this post?  Hot pink molding over black would be really cute and punk-esque.  The decoupage sounds really neat too... or you could try stamps or stencils... those would just require acrylics, which aren't bad at all on fumes.  Stencils in particular require the initial pain-in-the-butt of cutting them out, but they're super thrifty and you can make just about any image or pattern you want.  Good luck, I can't wait to see the finished work!
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