One of the reasons I started this blog was to give me an excuse to focus on projects I want to do around the house. Sometimes life gets too busy and things like painting rooms and furniture are easy to push aside. I have done that a lot this year. I thought I’d have more rooms done in my house, but I’ve only been able to finish three this year. And who am I kidding? They’re not quite finished! 🙂
In August my husband’s cousin posted a picture of an old dresser on Facebook. She asked if any of the cousins would want it….and of course I did. But since I’m a cousin-in-law I didn’t say anything. The dresser had belonged my husband’s grandmother and being someone who cherishes family heirlooms I really wished we could have it. A few days later my husband’s cousin messaged me and asked if I wanted it since no one else was interested. I couldn’t say yes fast enough! The trouble was it was at my husband’s aunt’s house two hours away and I wasn’t sure when we would be able to go there.
We finally decided to do a day trip on Labor Day weekend. We spent a couple of hours having lunch with his aunt before heading out to hike nearby. I was so excited about this dresser I got right to work on it just a few days later.
At first I felt bad painting over the stenciling but his aunt assured me that she had done it thirty years ago and it was very worn and ready for a redo. My husband asked what I was going to do with it and when I told him it would be black he was confused and concerned. Ut oh….
Well once I got her all painted up (three coats of paint left to cure for three weeks inside) he saw my vision. And I’m in love….
I painted it in a satin finish- the color is SW Tricorn Black. I got the BEST deal on Sherwin William’s paint at Lowe’s- the day I bought the paint the gallons were half off, making them $13. Then we got a $10 rebate on the two gallons I bought, so the paint was around $8/gallon! I have about 3/4 of a gallon leftover, so I’m thinking of painting some of my doors black. Stay tuned. 🙂
I especially love the ring pulls I found. The old, original ring pulls were in one of the drawers and I loved them so, but they wouldn’t last with my three kiddos. I found these beauties on Amazon and they are perfect!
Now we have a much better and bigger place to store our hats, gloves, and scarves.
I’m so happy to have this special piece in our house.
With a little elbow grease and a vision this dresser has a new life in our house! I love that!
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