We recently (well about 6 months ago) decided to put the boys in the same room, we had purchased full-over-full bunk beds before Cade was born with the intention of them each having a full bed of their own and their own room - one day. For now they are sharing the bottom bunk as it's big enough for their little bodies to sleep sideways :) So putting the boys in one room together left us with an empty nursery, er I mean, new room for Mama! My home-office has been in our basement for-e-ver and although it's dungeon likeness was great for editing pictures I felt like I was going to jail to work. So I very quickly jumped on that new empty room, determined to make it my girly office slash dressing room. A whole room to myself!? No toys or sticky finger prints?! Yes, puh-leeeze! First mission was to find a new desk and a new dresser. The nursery is small so I knew a regular dresser wouldn't fit so I decided on a lingerie chest. Being the fiscally conservative family that we are I knew I wanted to find two pieces that needed some TLC so I could paint them a fabulously girly color. I began scouring craigslist and all the local consignment shops and boutiques I could find. It didn't take long to find both pieces at very decent prices and that equals one very happy husband! ;)
Here are a few before pics of the desk prior to starting the process of cleaning, sanding and priming:
The desk actually wreaked of cigarette smoke (sorry to the smokers!) and since we don't smoke the smell was pretty strong so I knew I needed a really good primer that would hide the smell. If you don't know folks, now you know: KILZ is the best primer out there, in my honest opinion, of course. I ended up using two cans of spray on KILZ primer and the smell was gone immediately! Before I primed I used warm soapy water and a soft clothe to wipe it down and remove all the dust or other yuckiness the desk had acquired over the years. Before priming I also removed all the hardware and removed the drawers from the desk as seen in the first before pic above. Priming paint dries pretty quickly so I could have started painting this piece the same day but the color I wanted was no-where-to-be-found. I'll get to that in just a sec, first take a look at the primed pics:
Looks better already right!?! So now comes the paint. I found a color on Pinterest that I looooooved and I had to have it. It's called Coral Isle and it's made by Krylon. I checked all the local stores I could think of, including Michael's who has the largest selection of colored spray paints and even they did not have it, nor could they order it for me. Finally I called my local Sherwin Williams and asked them if they could order it and they could! What should have taken a week ended up taking almost 5 weeks so the desk and the lingerie chest sat in our basement (in my old office!) in waiting. Finally. I mean fin-a-lly, the paint came and it was a glorious day! Due to work schedules and family obligations I still had to wait about a week before I was able to put the finishing color on both pieces but it was worth the wait. Before we get to the after pics here are a few of the before and after primed pics of the lingerie chest, it was a mess and had a few of the drawers off track but those were both easy fixes:
Oh and I nearly forgot to mention that the top three drawers of the lingerie chest have velvet inserts for your jewelry, here's a pic of them before, they were pretty gross but again, a quick fix:
This is my little Cooper, he loves taking pictures (eeeeeek!) so he picked up my iPhone to help me snap some shots of the primed chest (you can see his hand in the above picture too, in the bottom left corner):
The lingerie chest actually took three coats of primer, I'm not sure why because it was lighter than the desk and also real wood unlike the desk which was mostly compressed stuff, I don't even know what it's called, compressed board or something, but the drawers and legs of the desk are wood. Anyhow, the lingerie chest took three coats of primer and then, finally, I got to start the fun part!!! When I picked up the camera to shoot my finished product a sneaky little cutie decided to check out Mama's handy work:
Notice the over-sprayed paint all over the patio??? I guess it's because it's concrete, who knows, but it's literally just dust, the water hose or a good rain and it's gone. Here are the finished products before I got them up in my new room. The second pic shows the top (the part that's compressed board, not real wood) where the primer bubbled terrible. I'm sure there's a technique to avoid this happening while you're painting compressed board but I sure didn't know about it before I started. I'm not too terribly upset by it though because (as you'll see in my finished product photos below) my computer, keyboard, etc., all sit there covering the 'bubbles'.
The only things left to do were to vacuum the awfully dirty velvet jewelry inserts and buy new knobs for the lingerie chest. I waited until Hobby Lobby had their knobs on sale for 50% off then I headed out with the boys in tow to pick my faves. I knew I wanted glass, possibly antique-ish. I ended up with five smaller rustic looking glass knobs for the three small drawers at the top and four larger rustic knobs with pretty crowns on them for the bottom four larger drawers. They both match the drawer pulls on the desk 'just enough'. So, without further ado, here is my new desk and lingerie chest in their new home!
This was a fun project. It took me a while to finish but I'm so happy with the end results! Have you done any DIY projects lately? What was the hardest part? The easiest? The most rewarding? I'd love to hear from you!