Back in March I was super pumped about this $12 dresser. I worked on it over a 2 month period and I was moderatly happy with how it turned out.
Here is a look at the before and after:
I stuck to the original plan when it came to the paint scheme:
- paint the shell and top of the dresser with Martha Stewart's Picket Fence
- paint the drawers with Martha's Whetstone Gray
- paint the handles with Martha's Precious Metals: Tide Pool
- silver buff on brass parts of feet and handles
The metallic paint wasn't the easiest to paint with. I used a brush and it was a bit streaky, so several coats were necessary. I liked the choices of white and how they looked together and I also liked the blue mixed in, but I wasn't a fan of the vertical stripes. I knew after I finished it that I would want to re-do the blue part. I was thinking of switching to a navy or a peacock blue and doing some smaller horizontal stripes or just something different. All of this brainstorming became a moot point when I could not get over the musty smell in the drawers. I tried all kinds of things to get rid of it, but nothing helped. As it turns out the bedroom did have some moisture problems that were making it impossible to get the dresser fully aired out, thus impossible to get rid of the musty smell. My solution: sell it. Yep, I sold the dresser that I was so excited to get for $12. I ended up selling it for $100 and I am back to square one in the dresser perfect dresser hunt.
Here's the cost breakdown:
- 2 gallons Martha Stewart paint ($50), used maybe 1/10 of each $10
- 1 quart metallic paint ($15), used 1/10 $2
- silver buff $5
- ridiculous amounts of time painting & trying to get rid of musty smell
- dresser $12
It was a fun project to work on and I was a little sad to sell it, but I think the new owner will enjoy it. I'm on to searching again.... or should I just cave (like Kerry suggested) and get this Room and Board dresser that I really want?!?! I have a serious case of champagne tastes on a beer budget!