Wednesday, October 8, 2008

The dresser, the girls' room, and stuff.

I got this dresser today through Craigslist. It was made in 1964 so it's been through a lot... there's a small hole on one side that will need to be patched, but other than that, it's in good condition. I paid $30 for it, which was the man's asking price. I'm still trying to convince myself that it's a good deal. In comparison to what I have seen in the thrift stores lately, it's practically new. I almost paid $60 for a dresser this past weekend at Goodwill that had to have been covered in at least 15 layers of paint. The Community Thrift Store up on Arrow wanted $40 for a particle-board dresser that was covered in stickers and graffiti, and boasted two broken drawers. Salvation Army priced a small 3-drawer dresser with a broken drawer, again constructed out of particle board and bubbling up veneer for $30. So yeah, I'm going to need to do some work on this dresser (and any advice is appreciated), but on the whole it seems like a bargain compared to what else is available here.

I'm going to paint it white to match the girls' "new" bedroom. I also need to paint the hardware... I'm trying to decide between black or a brushed nickle.

Which would you choose?

For those of you with experience in painting furniture hardware, what brand or type of spray paint do you recommend? Do you need to somehow prime or pretreat the hardware?

These are some of the things that are going into their room. The walls are painted "Sassy Lilac". There's the quilts with butterflies that match the sham, lavendar sheers, and the furry purple rug. I am painting all of their furniture white - white bunk beds, white twin bed, white bookcase, and white dresser.

This is a catalog picture from where I ordered the bedding, to give you an idea of what it looks like as a whole:

A mirror from Dollar Tree that we painted white:

A horse frame from the thrift store, painted white, with pictures of my middle girl going horseback riding for her birthday:

Hubby painting the room... The Ikea bookshelf will hopefully be painted white and placed in between their beds. I'd like the lower two shelves to be baskets or fabric bins for toys, the middle shelf for a table lamp and some knicknacks, and then books on the top two shelves. The uppermost shelf will probably house their Vermont Teddies. It's being "recycled" from our living room.


Kimba said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

It looks like you're off to a good start with your blog. It looks nice and is easy to read. That's very key.

I think your dresser was a great find at that price. You saw how expensive things can be at the thrift stores so I think you got a major score for a wood dresser at that price. I think it would look beautiful painted white in your daughter's room.

As far as spray paint goes, I like Rustoleum, Valspar and Krylon. I probably use Krlon most of all just because it's inexpesive at my Walmart. But if you're looking for a nice white color, check out the Heirloom White paint from Rustoleum. It's a part of their American Accents line. It's a nice soft white.

As far as the hardware, I'd probably prime it since it will get handled and bumped a lot.

It's so nice to meet you and I can't wait to see how your dresser turns out!


Bridget said...

Hi I just came across your blog. Their room is going to be beautiful! Girls rooms are so much fun! You can check out my blog if you'd like. I don't have any decorating on their. I do have pics of my old house.

God Bless!

Angel said...

I have no clue about that stuff, except you're doing a beautiful job--great bargain on the dresser!!

My daughter would totally approve of the purple and horse theme ;)

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