Hello sweet Friends, and welcome to Themed Furniture Thursday! Ya’ll know I love to bust out some furniture makeovers around here, but when I get to do it with a bunch of my furniture flippin friends, it’s even better! We get together monthly to share a furniture makeover, but the fun part is…there is a theme!
This month’s theme is “Words”. I originally planned to share the Vintage Coffee Table makeover I shared on Tuesday for this month’s theme, but today’s project was finished just in time and is an even better fit!
Jack, my amazing 14 year old, purchased this dresser this Summer:
I encouraged him earlier this year to make over a few pieces of his own to make a little money. He was all about it. My only request was that they had to fit with the style I already have going in my booth. If you missed the projects I’ve already shared you can see them HERE, HERE, and HERE. Those smaller pieces he redid all sold, so he was anxious to try a larger piece.
We found this dresser at the Salvation Army for $30. It’s hard to tell the scale of this dresser in this photo, but it is quite large. The top had come unattached, and it had a terrible paint job, but the drawers worked like a dream, so I knew it could be a winner.
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I fixed the top for him, then he sanded the entire piece with the orbital sander since the top layer of paint was scratching right off, and there were drip marks down the sides:
Then he spray primed with Rustoleum Spray Primer before painting two coats of Behr’s Peaceful Blue made into DIY Chalk Paint.
After Jack had tackled all the hard work, I jumped in to help with the fun part, adding the graphics to the front.
Here is the final result:
Isn’t that blue gorgeous??
I imagined this dresser in a boy’s room, so we set out to give it a nautical/beachy vibe. We chose this blue (Peaceful Blue by Behr) and I just love it!
The original plan was to add a crab to the front like I did for this $5 Yard Sale Dresser, since that sold quickly. The flat front is perfect for adding graphics, but I really wanted to do something different, so I created a new design we both liked. We live in Virginia Beach and I like being able to add that to some of the pieces I do.
I used my silhouette machine to cut a stencil of the graphic I created using contact paper…the biggest silhouette project I have done by far. The cutting mat I have for my silhouette is the one that came with it at 12 X 12″ (they sell a 12 X 24′ version, but ya’ll know I’m too cheap to buy it), so I had to cut about six different pieces and connect them together:
I honestly think the old school method of transferring graphics without a machine, like I used HERE, would have probably been a bit easier but once I printed all those pieces, I was not going to be defeated. 😉
I used two coats of Ultra Pure White DIY chalk paint to fill in the “stencil”. I waited for it to dry before removing the contact paper. (This handy tool helps remove all those stubborn center pieces.)
There were a few areas that needed a little touching up, then I lightly sanded with 320 grit sandpaper to smooth out any rough areas, and sealed with Annie Sloan’s clear wax.
We decided to reuse the original hardware which saved some $$.
I found this fun chevron fabric at JoAnns to line the drawers:
Those chip brushes are often used as throw-away brushes, but I reuse this one for applying Mod Podge over and over. I just clean it well with dish liquid and really warm water.
This was such a fun piece to work on with Jack!
Probably because he did all the not-so-fun parts ha ha. I kind of like that arrangement!
I really wanted him to be able to tackle this piece by himself, but I also wanted him to get the best return on his investment. I knew adding an original graphic to make it a one-of-a-kind piece was the best way to do that. Next time though…he’s on his own. 🙂
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this makeover. My friends are sharing makeovers with words today too. Check them out at the links below. (If you’re viewing on mobile, you may have to scroll a bit more to see them.)
Visit all of my previous themed furniture makeovers HERE.
I’m working on a couple of smaller pieces right now. I’ll be back on Tuesday to share this one:
UPDATE: Just like magic, HERE it is now!
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