Sunday, November 10, 2013

Army Green Dresser

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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15 comments:

  1. Great makeover (love the green!) and thanks (via Susan) for the hardware tip!

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  2. Love the project and always look forward to tips you share...Sheryl

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  3. Looks great, I really love the red stripe you added to it. Congrats on a great reno! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  4. Love it! The stripe and numbers gave it the little added touch it needed to make it not so plain. Great idea!

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  5. I love how that turned out. Thanks for the tip about ammonia and paint.

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  6. Thanks for the tip on cleaning hardware. It looks amazing.

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  7. Happy to learn a new trick! The ammonia soak is certainly easier than using fine steel wool to bring up the shine, as I have been doing.

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  8. Hi Susan, great job on this dresser - love the numbers and the stripe detail. Thanks for the tip on cleaning hardware. Glad I found you over at the Share Your Stuff Party!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  9. Great piece and wow, such a good price. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, marty

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  10. Thanks for linking to Elizabeth & Co......I'm so glad I found your blog! Awesome dresser, and a great tip for the hardware! Yay!

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  11. It's looks awesome..love the green! Thanks for sharing at Share your Stuff Tuesdays!!

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  12. I love the shape of this dresser and your oops paint turned out fabulous. Clever to add the red! Thanks for sharing at TTF!

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  13. This came out great! Thanks for the ammonia tip. I didn't know about that. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  14. Great transformation! That dresser is so cute! Perfect for a boys room. Thanks for linking up to the Twirl and Take a Bow Party! Hope to see you again next Tuesday!

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  15. GREAT JOB! And I really like the color combinations! I'm gonna pin this one to our board! Thanks for for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!!

    Shelly from MinettesMaze.blogspot.com

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