A couple of months ago I was perusing Kijiji (like Craig's List) and ran across a dresser that someone was giving away for free. I asked Mr. Swell very kindly if he would load Fin up and go pick it up for me (he was still on parental leave and I was at work). Thankfully he said yes, and when I got home from work that night I found this sitting in our garage.
The colour was horrendous, as was the state that the little dresser was in, but I loved the lines of it. It was clean and simple and small enough to fit in a multitude of spaces.
I think it had been used in a garage to store tools and the top was pretty beat up.
The dresser sat in our garage for quite a few weeks before I had a plan for it. When I decided to do the mini-revamp of the guest room (with the crazy framed fabric), I figured it might also be nice for my Mother-in-law to have a little dresser to stow away a few necessities when she stays with us.
The first order of business was to remove all of the random stickers and sand the guy down. I sanded, and sanded, and sanded until he looked like this.
I love when I start sanding and find a few more colours of paint underneath. That's when you know the piece has a story. This guy had a story of neglect. I filled in a few of the really deep divets with wood filler and then sanded again. The back is made of MDF, so I also added some more staples along the back edges to reinforce things.
Then I used my favorite Zinsser 1-2-3 primer and gave the top, sides and drawer fronts two coats of primer.
And then two coats of Benjamin Moore Advance in White Dove, using a foam roller and a small angle brush for the corners.
That's a heck of a lot of white paint!
Anyhow, you know I wasn't going to leave it plain white. That's too boring for a guest room that has crazy orange fabric on the walls. I picked up a stencil kit at Michael's that had a bunch of retro looking stencils in it. I figured one of them would work with the fabric. It turns out that one of the patterns matched the fabric exactly. Love it.
So, with the help of my Mom one afternoon we got stencilling. Sorry, no in progress pictures. We were too busy concentrating on stencilling to take pictures. I used a colour of paint that I had hanging around - Martha Stewart's Crevecoeur. It's a discontinued colour and The Home Depot was selling the sample pots for $1.
See why it took concentration? We had to line up the stencil on each drawer so that it looked like it was continuous. Lots of concentration, but I love how it turned out.
We moved it into the guest room, and it fit perfectly between the bed and the wall.
You can see here how the stencil matches the pattern in the fabric.
How about a little before and after???
Linking to Southern Hospitality, Primitive & Proper, Miss Mustard Seed