Go bold or go home. {my 1st time painting furniture}

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2010 has been a year of branching out for me. I subleased an apartment in Chicago for 5 weeks. A city where I knew no one. I cut all my hair off. I will be moving to Chicago pretty soon. All this from a girl that has pretty much played it safe her entire life. I am a creature of habit. Or I was.

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I have had this old dresser in storage for years & have had dreams of painting it. I decided that my entry hall to be would be the perfect spot for this dresser, and knew that I would have to overcome my fears and paint my first piece of furniture. I could paint it it my mom's yard in LA, or on my balcony in Chicago. I opted for the yard.

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So I sanded the dresser. My first time sanding furniture.

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And I applied a coat of primer. My first time doing that, too.

I thought about my typical color palette. A shade of gray, maybe a soft blue... But after reading endless design books & blogs, I thought about all those people that go bold with those fun pops of color. Could I pull it off?

I went to the hardware store yesterday and fell for a color that was a little bolder than I'd normally go. I was pretty much set on said color, but sent a text to my sister to confirm that it was a good choice. When I received the response of "oh hell yes" {I love my sister} I decided it was a go.

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Yes. I chose this color. So not me. Or maybe it is me after all.

Drawer pulls may need a coat of black paint {still debating that one}. I get to put the drawers in later today, and will post a photo once I have everything done. Or maybe I'll make you wait to see it once it's in my entry hall.

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11 comments

  1. Awesome!!! That color will look amazing!

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  2. OMG we have the same dresser! It was my husbands as a kid. Too funny. We painted ours while - boring it did the job. Good for you for your new move, new hair, and bold new dresser! You go!

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  3. Ooh, I bet it is going to look so fun! Can't wait to see the finished product :)

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  4. It will look fabulous! I am kinda addicted to painting old furniture... so I'm excited to see this all completed! Maybe lightly "rub" the hardware w/ black paint (paint it on... then wipe the majority of it off - to just kinda darken it a bit.) ?

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  5. So awesome! LOVE IT! Can you change out the hardware? I think some brushed nickle knobs would be fantastic! Or some glass ones?

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  6. Go bold or go home... love it!! I would probably be 'going home'. ;) I need some more BOLD around here. I can't wait to see this finished piece!!

    ~Jennifer

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  7. Can't wait to see it when it's done.

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  8. I LOVE the color, bold & beautiful. And I'm all for change and taking risks, good for you!

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  9. Just found your blog!! Going paint shopping today because I found a desk that I simply A-DORE at habitat for humanity restore and it's time for me to refinish and paint it! super excited but nervous too!!

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