After moving recently, we are still in “settling in” mode…perhaps will be for some time…making furniture work in each room, making decisions about what to keep or give away or purchase, making time for the ever-dreaded task of hanging pictures.
For our master bedroom, I had been searching for a long dresser as an anchor for a tv above, and Craigslist did not disappoint! I’ve found several pieces on Craigslist to redo, and it’s a fun challenge to find terrific deals! (To date, this Craigslist Hutch Makeover remains my favorite redo!)
Thankfully, David tagged along on the ride to pick this puppy up. We pulled into the driveway of what resembled a scene from Breaking Bad. Or Cops…the Mississippi version. Glaring reminder to always take a buddy on Craigslist adventures:).
It wasn’t until we got the dresser home that I realized how bad of shape it was actually in. A bit disappointing, but I loved the lines of the piece and knew paint would bring it back to life in no time. Although the photos do not do justice to the terribleness, trust me, it had been used and abused, and it showed.
See here below, she’s deceivingly pretty!
But ohhhh no. Just a few of her battle scars here. Perhaps “Adam” was a 4th grade crush…
For the final look, I wanted fresh, simple, and clean. After a few trials of mixing Annie Sloan’s French Linen and Old White, I landed with the combo of 3/4 French Linen and 1/4 Old White. I highly recommend mixing as much as you think you’ll need for the whole project in an airtight container (tupperware or ziploc container). This way, you can seal the container during your project and come back to the paint without having to remix. Also, another tip I read on some blog…place your wet paintbrush in a ziploc bag and refrigerate it. It keeps beautifully, and you avoid washing brushes every time you take a break from your project.
The final finish shown is two good coats of the French Linen/Old White combo and two coats of clear Annie Sloan Soft Clear Wax. For the hardware, I removed each piece for painting the drawers, but loved the finish the way it was and did not change it. Oil-rubbed bronze spray paint or black spray paint (the kind for painting metal) are good options for refinishing hardware easily. Just be sure to sand the hardware with steel wool before spray painting.
After the paint cured and the hardware was back in place, the insides of the drawers were begging for a fresh look. The previous owners must have eaten meals in the open drawers. I found this adhesive drawer liner on Amazon Prime for about $12!