Did I ever tell you that my husband had to work five hours away from home for four years near the start of our marriage?
He used to drive nearly five hours, work for five or six days, and then drive back home for his four or five days off.
At the time we felt it was worth the sacrifice…I got to keep my job while he got to start his new career.
And we made it work.
He had this crappy little basement suite (okay, it wasn’t that crappy, but it wasn’t that nice either…)
And a few hand-me down pieces of furniture.
His Mom’s bff gave him some dressers and an old bed frame to use while he was up there, and this particular dresser came along with those ‘freebies’.
Who knew it could be made over to be such a looker??
And not just once, but twice!
For the original makeover, I have to give complete credit to my husband. He sanded the top and refinished it and painted the whole piece. He did a great job on it. It looked much better then it had started out.
I don’t have any pictures of the original BEFORE… But before we had painted the hubs gave it a black and wood makeover, it started out more like this…but perhaps a little darker and shinier:
But it has been years now.
That portion of our life is, thankfully, behind us. Glad we got it over with before the boys came along.
And it was time to move on from our original re-incarnation of this dresser makeover as well.
Time for look #3 for this old gal.
I started by giving the whole piece a thorough wipe down. I don’t want to talk about how dusty it got in the cracks… and black shows everything.
Because he had used oil paint to refinish it originally, I primed it with some really adherent Zinsser primer.
And then used the most beautiful shade of Country Chic chalk based paint in white: it is called Simplicity and the name totally does it justice.
Because I was doing this project outdoors in the summer weather it dried pretty quickly. Rather then distress it with a wet cloth, as I often do, I decided to try out my little palm sanded. I figured that would allow me to show through to some of the black underneath but it would also take it right down to the original wood in spots. And it sure did. I had to be careful not to take off tooooo much with it – but I am happy with how chunky the distressing turned out for this piece.
Then waxed it with the clear natural wax. It gave it such a beautiful sheen and I love knowing that the surface on top is more protected from all those little scuffing dangers that lurk around our bedroom…or across the hall, in their bedroom.
Once it sat for a bit I buffed it all dry with a clean, lint-free cloth…
So much fresher and brighter in our bedroom…
Maybe you remember it from when I shared our Master Bedroom paint refresh a couple of months ago??
I’ve been slowly working away at freshening up our bedroom over the past few months…just a few more changes and it should be good. For the time being.
What do you think?
Quite a transformation, right?
And it is just paint!! No need to buy anything new when you have a solid old piece like this gal…
Want to whiten up a dresser?
Well this Sunday is the Get Your DIY On Challenge: Furniture Revivals!
Here is what my cohosts have been up to:
White Chalky Dresser Makeover at The Happy Housie (you are here!)
I can’t wait to see what you have to share with us on Sunday!