It's not a very large space, and our bed, which I love, takes up more than its fair share. Storage is at a premium until we are able to do our remodel that we have planned (that's a couple of years off at this point) and I've been looking for a small dresser to help out with our storage needs. A few weeks ago, while cruising my regular thrifting route, I found a cute little dresser with good lines-- with a massive mirror-- for $50.
I decided to sleep on it-- and low and behold, when I returned the next day, the set had been marked down--50%! So for $25 the dresser and mirror were mine.
The mirror I put aside for another project-- I'm not a fan of matched dresser/mirror sets. The dresser itself was lovely wood, but the veneer was in pretty bad shape, and so I knew it needed a coat of paint. After a lot of woodfiller, sanding and priming, I was ready to brush on the first coat of paint. I always stop at the "mistint" table when I'm at the hardware store, and I had picked up a couple of sample-sizes of paint--one in a very pale grey with green undertones, one in a medium toned grey-- for fifty cents each.
I decided to mix them together, and brushed on a few coats of the lighter mix using a wide brush-- I wanted the brush strokes to be present to provide texture for the next step. Then, using a wide, dry brush, I went back and added a very light brushing of the darker grey to the entire surface. Over that I added another barely-there dry-brushing of the original paint color, this time running against the grain. A thin coat of wipe-on poly, a couple of new castors, and some improvised knotted fabric handles (just until I can get to Anthro without my kids-- these are NOT permanant!) and here it is!
Finished off with a thrifted mirror, lamp and tray, and it's a great little additon to our bedroom. Here's how the numbers shake out: dresser/mirror $25, meaning the dresser itself was just $12.50. Paint=$1.00. Lamp ($8) plus new shade ($15)=$23, tray=$1.99, mirror=$10.00. Grand total for a new dresser=$48.49-- I'm pleased! Heck, six knobs from Anthropology will probably cost more than the entire project!
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