I can’t believe that in a week and a day my maternity leave will be over. I had such delusions about all of the things I would do during my thirteen weeks off. Silly me! One of my goals for my maternity leave (you know, for few minutes each day when I’m not feeding, burping, or changing Junior), was to finish a project we started loooong ago that would add much needed storage and color to our entryway. Remember this crappy old dresser from last October? Of course you don’t – let me refresh your memory.
It’s my childhood dresser that my parents found at the town dump’s put-and-take, and it sat in my garage for nearly a year until Labor Day, when I finally finished it. While I was pregnant I thought it would be smart to sand down the paint to prep it for a new color. About 1/4 of of the way through I though to myself, Perhaps I should be wearing a mask? Then I looked down and saw that my little blue dresser was originally green, and realized that it was definitely over 30 years old, and Hmmm…perhaps this could be lead paint? Fortunately, Junior seems to be unaffected by my poor DIY judgment. Mr. JC used paint stripper to rid the dresser of years of potentially harmful paint. The result was a bit of a mess, and it remained in our garage in a terrible state for many months.
Over Labor Day weekend I dug out the power sander and set to work (with a mask) to clean it up as best as possible. Two coats of Zinsser’s oil-based primer did an amazing job of covering and sealing the poor quality wood and awful paint-stripping job.
I topped it with two coats of Glidden’s “Totally Teal” semi-gloss, which is a nice bold color that’s tempered by a touch of gray. The hardware is actually from two of our bathroom vanities which recently received new knobs, and the drawers are now lined with chocolate brown wrapping paper and filled with bathing suits and infrequently used winter gear.
My one regret (other than not wearing a mask during the initial sanding) is that I didn’t use oil-based paint. I will never, ever make that mistake again, but fortunately this piece will only be lightly used and is not in a high-traffic part of our home. Otherwise, I love the way it turned out and that the color coordinates perfectly with some of the other pieces in this part of our entryway. More on that tomorrow.