I got this dresser for $3 from a thrift store that was closing down. Structurally it was in good condition, but those stickers gave me a hard time.
I used a hair dryer to soften the stickers and got them off with a plastic scraper. I had to hold the hair dryer about an inch away from the stickers to get it to work. I then used rubbing alcohol to remove the residue.
Then, after much consideration, I chose to paint it in an oops paint that I have had for a while. I have an entire gallon of it and it looks pretty scary in the can so I never used it before.
See what I mean? I took a chance and painted it with two coats mixed into homemade chalk paint. Turns out the color is pretty amazing!
I distressed it with a medium grit sanding sponge and it brought out so much dimension to the paint. It is very subtle in the photos, but it is there and it is awesome!
And because I always distress, I left the imperfections of the dresser instead of filling with wood putty for two reasons. 1) I think it adds character, it is not meant to be perfect. 2) I would not have been able to make a perfect repair anyway.
I think the color came out exactly like army green! I painted the red stripe and numbers to add to the theme.
The hardware was crazy dirty and painted with red nail polish. The way I clean all hardware is by soaking it in ammonia. Susan from Uniquely Yours...Or Mine recommended it and it has wonderful results!
I put the hardware in an glass jar and then fill enough ammonia to cover the hardware and let it soak overnight. Make sure to put a cover on because it stinks! I took them out and the nail polish just rinsed off with water (it will also melt paint off).
I then polished them with a scrubby sponge to remove the tarnish and they come out so shiny and happy! Some hardware doesn't come out that shiny. In those cases I either spray paint it or use Rub n' Buff.
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