Dresser Makeover

I absolutely love when I stumble across well-built furniture that just needs a little love. So when I found a dresser at Goodwill for $14.99 I couldn’t pass it up. It’s solid wood and well-built. It just needed a facelift.

I knew once I saw it, it was going to be baby K’s dresser. When we moved into our home, the previous owner left a wire dresser in the master bedroom. We used that for baby K’s dresser, but it was ugly. 😵 So we had it tucked away in his closet, which left no room for storage in his room.

Now he has a dresser that is functional and nice enough to not be tucked away in the closet. 💙

Doing this makeover was a couple of weeks of work, mainly because the layered paint. I attempted to sand it off at first, but was going through multiple sandpaper sheets, which can get expensive.

Below I provide all the steps I took to achieve the new look, along with some tips & tricks I picked up along the way.

Tools & Materials for Paint Removal:
Electric sander
80 grit sand paper
120 grit sandpaper
Citristrip
Scraper
Paint brush
Metal bucket
Towels
Soap & Water
Tarp

Paint & Paint Supplies:
Paint color of choice
Variety of sponge brushes
Mini foam paint roller
Paint stirrer
Early American stain by Miniwax (optional)
Towel (if using stain)

Tools & Materials for Mounting Hardware:
Electric screwdriver
Tape measure
Pencil
5/16 inch drill bit
3/16 inch drill bit

Step 1: Remove all the hardware. I didn’t do this at first, but I recommend you do.

Tip: Before you remove the hardware take a lot of pictures so you remember how they should look when you put them back on.

Tip: Put all the screws in a ziplock bag so you don’t lose them.

There are several paint thinner options to choose from at a hardware store, but I went with Citristrip because it is safer to work with and it doesn’t have a harsh odor. It smells like citrus. Hints the name. 😂

Step 2: Pour the Citristrip into a metal container. Do not pour it into a plastic cup, it will eat the cup.

Tip: Shake the Citristrip well before opening.

Step 3: Apply a thick layer of Citristrip using an actual paint brush and not a sponge brush. Citristrip will eat the sponge within seconds, then you’ll have black particles all over the piece of furniture.

Tip: Leave the Citristrip on for about 30 minutes or until you see the paint bubbling.


Step 4: Use a scraper to scrap the paint off going with the grain of the wood.

Tip: I would highly recommend laying a tarp down before you start scraping the paint off. Citristrip is super messy!

Step 5: Once all the Citristrip residue has been scraped off, clean the wood with soap and water.

Step 6: If there is still paint residue, use an electric sander with 80 grit sandpaper to remove the remaining paint.

Tip: 80 grit removes paint, but be careful to not let the electric sander sit too long in one spot as it will remove the wood to.

Step 7: Once all the paint is removed, use the electric sander with 120 grit sandpaper to smooth the wood.

Step 8: Clean the wood with soap and water to remove all the saw dust.

Step 9: (optional) Make the holes for the hardware, if you are adding new.

The dresser didn’t have any hardware when I bought it, so I purchased 10 1/16″ pull bars from Wayfair to mount on the drawers. I looked at several places online and Wayfair had the best selection (in my opinion) and a good price point.

For the screws to go all the way through the wood I had to use two different drill bit sizes because the screws that came with the drawer pulls were the same length as the front of the drawer, 1 inch. This is the standard screw size for hardware.

To do this I drilled the hole from the front back starting with the 3/16 inch drill bit, then I flipped the drawer over and used a 5/16 inch drill bit to drill from the back about half way in.

Tip: If you do this, be very careful when drilling with the 5/16 drill bit so you don’t go all the way through the wood.

Step 10: Apply 1 coat of primer. In the past I have used Bulls Eye 1.2.3 Primer and it works great!

I did not do this step, but if you plan to use Valspar furniture paint I highly recommend you do! It will save you a lot of frustration. The paint says on the label no priming or sanding necessary, but I assure you that’s not the case.

Step 11: Once the primer is dry, Apply a thin layer of paint using a sponge roller, going with the grain of the wood. Allow the paint to dry and repeat until done. Let the paint dry completely.

I applied a total of 5 coats before full coverage was achieved. This was the first time using Valspar furniture paint and probably my last. I had such high hopes, but the number of coats I had to apply has turned me away. The color options are amazing and the color itself is beautiful. It just took way too many coats of paint to achieve the color and I even sanded all the paint off before painting. I could only imagine how many coats it would have taken if I hadn’t. 😳

In the past I have used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, which is absolutely AMAZING! But I didn’t want a chalky finish, I wanted a clean finish. Which Valspar furniture paint will give you, just be prepared to apply several coats.

The color I used was Deep Sea Diving. I wanted a dramatic blue and this one was it! The paint choice actually worked out perfectly. My hubby is a die-hard cubs fan and the Cubs new locker room is in gold and blue, so he loves the color combo too!

Ok, enough about the paint. 😂

Step 12: Mount the hardware.

Step 13: Mount the drawer tracks back on the dresser.

The drawer tracks that came with the dresser were covered in paint. Whoever had this dresser before did not choose to remove the hardware leaving all the drawer tracks covered in various paint colors. 😭 At first I was going to just purchase new ones, but then I looked at how much they were and was like, no.

I remembered purchasing a can of brass spray paint a while back for a different project, so I decided to spray paint the drawer tracks instead of buy new ones. Lucky for me the hardware I purchased was brass so it all worked out! 💃🏻


Step 14: Mount the legs.

I LOVE mid-century pieces. Especially the legs. The dresser is a lot smaller than a standard sized one, so I wanted to give it a lift.

When I was at Lowe’s purchasing the other materials I ran across these legs. I just applied one coat of Early American stain by Miniwax and wiped it off a few seconds after applying to get the color I wanted. If you like the darker color I suggest leaving the stain on for about a minute before wiping it off.

The legs were $2 each, so I spent a total of $8 for the legs and $8 for the hardware to mount the legs. $16 is a less expensive than the ones I saw online so I was super happy!

Step 15: You’re done! Now you can style your new piece of furniture!

I was so excited to get the dresser in baby K’s room. 💙 As soon as it was positioned, I started putting his clothes in the drawers. Now he has his very own dresser and I couldn’t be happier.

P.S. I painted the baseball and car paintings that are hung on his wall. When I was hanging them up he was pointing and saying car & ball. It was the cutest.

In total we spent about $40 on the necessary supplies i.e. paint, sponge brushes, Citristrip & $60 on the hardware & legs. So a total of $100, which is way less expensive than buying a new dresser that is real wood.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it and leave here feeling inspired.

Until next time. Xo

 

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Fall Tablescape 2017

Oh Fall, how I love you. 🍂 Fall has always been my favorite season. Big sweaters, colorful leaves, hot apple cider, crisp air in the morning, I mean what’s not to love. 🍁

Every year I usually decorate for the season with whites, woods, & neutrals, but this year I stepped outside my home decor color comfort zone and added pops of color.

Emerald green is my absolute favorite color so when I found the green glasses from Anthropologie I knew I wanted them to be the focal point of my fall tablescape. Aren’t they dreamy? 😍

Side note, I built our table from scratch. I still can’t believe it. It’s simple, yet my favorite piece of furniture in our home, because it was made with love. ❤️

For the centerpiece I originally wanted artichokes with the stems to add to the vase, but I had no luck finding any, so I went with Protenia (a tropical flower that resembles an artichoke), white hydrangeas, and green foliage. I was able to find a few artichokes at the store in good condition. so I added them to the base of the centerpiece.

BTW, isn’t this pillow to die for? My sweet friend Rachel makes the most amazing pillows of EVER. Seriously.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. I hope you leave feeling inspired to decorate for the upcoming season. Make sure to check out the other hosts AMAZING tablescapes on the #falltabletopbloghop Each host is listed below. Click their name to hop to their blog.

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April – @sweetkentuckyholler

Bethany @crispcollectiveig

Rachel – @rachelelizabethcreates

Jackie @sawdustangelwood

Meeghan @caligirlinasouthernworld

Dara @hoodcreeklogcabin

Creating an Organized Home Part Three – On-The-Go

Technically this isn’t organizing a space in your home, but it is to help stay organized outside the home. That counts, right?!? In part one I talked about ways to organize your kitchen and in part two we went over bathroom organization. If you want to catch up part one is HERE & part two is HERE. For this post I will be providing tips & tricks to stay organized on-the-go.

We all know that life is hectic. Whether you work in the home or outside the home. Between school pickup, doctor appointments, helping with homework, my marriage, a career, toddler, blogging, cooking, baking, grocery shopping, laundry, & countless other daily tasks it is super easy to forget about something. Ahhh!!! Just typing all this just gave me anxiety! However, I have learned over time how to stay organized-ish and saving a little money on the way. It’s hard and I am not saying the list I am about to provide is going to magically make you captain organized, but I can say using these items have helped me immensely, so I am sharing them with you.

Tip 1: Monthly Agenda

I’m an old soul at heart. I still believe in handwriting a letter or a to-do list. I actually absorb more when I write it out instead of type. I know I could note everything on my smart phone, but what if I drop my phone?! I have definitely done that, so I like to depend on old faithful, my agenda. I’ve been using Kate Spade agendas for several years now and even converted one of my coworkers to them.

They come in a variety of fun prints, but most importantly will keep the most unorganized of people (like me) organized each day. Bonus, they are 17-month agendas, starting in August of the current year so you get 5 extra months! I use my agenda for work and home so I always know what events are coming up and where I need to be.

Tip 2: Invest in a Travel Mug

I bleed coffee. One of my coworkers actually told me that a coffee mug is a staple in my hand every time she sees me in the office. I laughed when she said it, but it is absolutely true. I use to buy Starbucks EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. but that gets SUPER expensive. I’m not going to say I don’t buy Starbucks anymore, because that would be a lie, but I do buy it a lot less now that I have this adorable travel mug.

I’m not the best morning person. Actually, I’m probably the worst. 😉 So in the evening before I go to bed I set up the coffee maker for the next day. This way I can go downstairs, push the start button, and then go back up to get ready. That way when I’m ready to go out the door the coffee is ready.

Tip 3: Setting Alerts on my Phone

I know this contradicts number 1, but my agenda can’t alert me. So I write the details in my agenda and put a generic alert on my phone to notify me of whatever it is I need to do. I always set my alert two days in advance and then on the day, two hours before.

Tip 4: Checklists

This ties in to number one. The agenda has space to write things on each day. I make a checklist for the day. I am one of those people that gets the feeling of accomplishment when I make a check in a box. Sometimes I actually will write something down I have already done just to put a check mark next to it. I know, I’m a little cray, but it really does give me a sense of accomplishment.

I write each to-do item on a separate line along with a check box. I don’t know about you, but I always feel accomplished when I can check a box.

Tip 5: Invest in a Good Pen

I am left handed and the only (yes only) 😂 draw back to that is that I would always smear the ink when I would write. And with my OCD it would bother me. But the clouds parted when I found the fine tip sharpie pen! I LOVE these pens. I have them in a variety of colors and the ink has never smeared while using them. Ever. Yay!

Tip 6: Carry a Pencil Pouch

I’m pretty sure I bought this pencil pouch when I was in college. I still use it to hold my pens but also where I keep all my coupons. That way if I stop by the store I always have my coupons with me.

Tip 7: Have a Nightly Routine

I’m not much of a routine person, but to keep me sane in the morning, I have a routine. I gather all the things I need in the morning the night before. Such as:

Get my bag/briefcase ready for work
Setup the coffee the night before
Have my travel mug cleaned and next to the coffee maker
Layout my outfit
Put my car keys & jewelry next to my bag
Sign school papers (if any)
Gather items the boys need for school/daycare

Doing these things makes getting ready in the morning almost seamless. And believe me, I need all the help I can get in the morning. 😂

Now you know my secrets of how I attempt to juggle my busy life. Again, these are the things/ways that have helped me stay organized. I hope this list has inspired you in case you are like me and struggle with organization.

Well friends, that’s it for this post. Until next time. Xo

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Creating an Organized Home Part Two – Bathroom

In part one I explained why I decided to do this series, but for all of you that hasn’t had a chance to read it, here’s a quick recap.

I am always misplacing items and then creating an even bigger mess trying to find said item. It’s a vicious cycle. Clean. Misplace item. Destroy home looking for said item. Repeat. Anyone relate?!? Well if you do, then this series is for you! I have made an effort to get more organized in life, so I am sharing my journey, tips, and tricks of how I am accomplishing this. One room at a time. Part one covered the kitchen. You can get all the details from part one HERE. For part two I am talking bathroom organization.

We recently renovated our master bathroom, so organizing it wasn’t so bad. It was actually fun. But before the renovation (click HERE for that post), we stuffed whatever, where-ever, then when I needed something like a bandaid, hair tie, or curling iron, I would make a huge mess trying to get to said item.

We don’t have a medicine cabinet or much storage space, so I had to get creative with organizing.

My favorite item to help keep our home organized is glass canisters. We literally have like 30 canisters throughout the house and they are all put to good use.

I use the canisters in the bathroom to store: soap, sponges, my makeup brushes, cotton balls, q-tips, & bath bombs.

I also keep all my beauty & skincare samples in a canister. I use to be a BirchBox member which is why I have so many. If you don’t know what BirchBox is, it’s a subscription where they send you several samples of skincare & beauty products each month. I cancelled the subscription, but by that time, I had so many samples that I had to do something with them. So in a glass canister they went.

All of the canisters (minus the one with all the samples) are housed on our open shelves. If you’ve been following a long with me then you’ll know my love for open shelves. They are a great way to stay organized in spaces with limited storage. They are also convenient and keep frequently used items in view.

For my hair ties, curling iron, and hair dryer I use command strips on the inside of the cabinet doors. It makes it super quick and easy to do my hair in the morning without making a bunch of noise. My husband is a chef so he gets to sleep in a little later then I do, so I try to be as quiet as possible. Which never really happens. My hubby says I’m like a bull in a china shop. 😂 Anyway…

I love the idea of the command strips on the inside of the door because they are right there when I open the doors and they aren’t taking up the limited space on the counter.

Side note, I’ve had the same beat up hair dryer since I was a teenager! Seriously that thing is ancient, but it works, and that’s what matters. Moving along…

A great way to keep your makeup organized is by a container with multiple compartments. I bought the one below at the container store for $15 several years ago and it does a great job of keeping my makeup organized. In one compartment I keep all my lip makeup, in another all my face makeup, and in the other all eye makeup. Doing this has made it so much easier then pilfering through a drawer trying to find my mascara.

Because the limited space in here, I keep a majority of our towels in a linen closet that is next to our boys bedrooms. But I do keep a couple in the master bathroom because it never fails that my hubby or me forgets a towel and then when one of us gets out of the shower we are yelling at the other person to bring a towel. So to solve the towel dilemma, I put hooks in the wall to hold the towels. I also use a wire basket that holds the hand towels that sits on the toilet next to my makeup container.

We also have a container that is under the sink where we keep all our medicine, supplements, and first aid supplies. I have canisters to keep all like items together. Hair care items are kept in one and first aid supplies in another.

Tip: keeping like items together in a container will help prevent clutter and save you time when looking for something.

Basically canisters, command strips, and wall hooks are the glue that keeps our bathroom organized.

Well friends that’s it for this post. I hope you enjoyed it. For part three I will be covering how to stay organized at the office/on-the-go. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Until next time. Xo

 

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