Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Painter's House Is Never Painted

I started painting furniture over a year ago now and I had yet to paint a piece for my own house!  How crazy is that?  Until now...
We have made quite a few changes in my daughter's room since removing her crib.  One of the things I did was paint her dresser.

My BFF gave me this dresser more than six years ago.  It used to be her daughter's.  It is pretty old, but very sturdy.  It looks like it has at least ten coats of white paint on it.  

It started out in my bedroom, but eventually I was able to give it to my daughter.  The two top drawers had huge brass knobs on them.  When I gave it to her, I replaced them with the clear plastic knobs I got at Target.  I added all the tchotkes and stickers to cover up flaws in the dresser that, at the time, I didn't know how to fix.
Now I know better and it is fixed!  I gave my daughter the choice of color and she picked a yellow oops paint.

I wiped the whole thing down with deglosser (because the existing paint was very slick) and then painted it with two coats of homemade chalk paint.

I chose to paint the dresser with the dragonfly decals because I couldn't get them to come off without breaking.
They are actually plastic mirrors and the paint stuck to them without a problem.

I finished the dresser by distressing lightly with a sanding sponge and Minwax Finishing Paste.  I didn't change the handles, but I am thinking to eventually spray them white.  

I can't believe it took me so long to paint a piece for my house.  It only took a Sunday afternoon to make the transformation and make my daughter super happy (looks like the dresser is smiling too)!

Linking to:
DIY Showoff
Twigg Studio
Silver Pennies
I Should Be Mopping The Floor
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Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
Cozy Little House
Table For Seven
Kammy's Korner
Love Grows Wild
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
A Stroll Through Life
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The Winthrop Chronicles
Not Just A Housewife
Elizabeth & Co.
Savvy Southern Style
DIY Dreamer
Fluster Buster
Green Willow Pond
Yellow Bliss Road
Polkadots on Parade
Real Housewives of Riverton
The Happy Housie
Sweet Haute
I Gotta Create
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Shabby Creek Cottage
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  1. Turned out so pretty - I love the butterfly's!!!
    She must be thrilled with her new dresser!

  2. It's good to know those mirror decals won't come off easily. Looks great!

  3. Looks great! A couple of years ago, I painted almost all of my furniture yellow! I found an oops that I loved. It was so soft and buttery! Nice job!

  4. Looks great I have a thing for yellow at the moment-love dee x

  5. Love the transformation especially the color. You did a fantastic job!


  6. Looks very bright and cheery. I am surprised its your first for your home though.


  7. Such a fun color. It turned out beautiful. :)

  8. Oh Wow!! Your daughter's dresser turned out beautifully! I love the color choice of yellow! So fun and alive!

  9. I love this! Yellow is such a cute color...especially for a little girls room! And the decals give it that extra touch. Nice!

  10. Hi, you did a great job redoing this dresser and I love the bright color yellow. I saw it on table for 7.
    Julie from

  11. The dresser turned out so beautifully, what a great job, the yellow is wonderful and light and it...Phyllis

  12. What a fun piece. Love the color. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

  13. Beautiful transformation. The color is great.
    Thanks for this lovely sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:

  14. What a beautiful, happy yellow! I love it! Thanks so much for linking up to the DIY Sunday Showcase.
    Cheers to you and yours,
    Therese @ Fresh Idea Studio

  15. This is sooo pretty! I absolutely love the yellow colour - did our TV console in a similar yellow. I bet your daughter is over the moon about the transformation:) I would love for you to link up this or any of your other great projects at our new mega-party Work it Wednesday if you haven't already. Each link will be shown on 4 blogs! Work it Wednesday

    - Krista @ the happy housie

    1. Yay! Thanks for coming over to share this at Work it Wednesday. I'm pinning it and will be featuring it on my facebook page this week! Hope to see you back next week:)

      - Krista @ the happy housie

  16. what a brilliant "POP" of color! So pretty ,great transformation.

  17. I find it hard to find time to do something for myself too! The dresser turned out cute. I like the dragonflies on it. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays.


  18. Looks fantastic. I love the color yellow you selected =)

  19. I love the pop of yellow in the room. It is nice. Great job giving that piece of furniture new life.

  20. Beautiful yellow !! Give you a happy feeling !! You did a great job !!

  21. Love this so much! The color is Fabulous :) Thanks for linking up to Frugalicious Friday!

  22. I love the yellow and the butterflies go perfect with it! Thanks for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays :)

  23. Such a happy shade! I bet your daughter loves her new dresser! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays.

  24. Such a bright and happy dresser! And I have a hard time getting things done for my house too!

  25. Your dresser turned out beautiful and the color is awesome. We've FEATURED it at BeBetsy on the BRAG ABOUT IT No. 20

    We'd love it if you would link back to us. Thanks so much for sharing this sunny post. Our next party starts at midnight tonight so find something cool to BRAG ABOUT and link up.

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  26. What a fun Dresser, I love the color you chose and the fun details!
    thank you so much for linking up at my Furniture and Paint Party I hope to see you again tonight!!


  27. Looks great! Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features!

  28. Ohh so cute I love the color that they used after. So girly I'll try this to my cabinet I think my daughter will love this.

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  29. Thanks for linking up at the Thursday SWEET HAUTE Share linky party, hope you stop by every week! I really appreciate your support and encouragement :).
    You still have time, the link is still open!!!!
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  30. Looks brand new after repainting, this inspired me a lot more to do repainting my old mini-cabinet and chairs laying in my attic for years.

  31. We're sometimes too busy in finishing our ongoing projects, or whatever we're doing, that we forget that we have work to do on our end. However, it's nice to know that you've allotted some of your time to paint your daughter’s dresser. I hope she likes that vibrant color! Have you done other painting jobs before? :)

    Suzanne @ CentraPro Painters

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