Tuesday, June 28, 2016

sponge bob to spectacular



There is nothing I love more than taking something no one wants and making it awesome.  This is one of my proudest transformations.  

We needed a dresser for Scout's room when we moved into our house.  I spotted this beauty for a whopping $9.99 at Goodwill.  It was so hideous, which is precisely why so many people had passed it by.  But looking past all the gaudy paint, it was exactly what I needed and actually had really pretty lines.

Let's just take a gander at all the sides.  Each one is better than the last.





I could envision though, that all this needed was a little elbow grease, paint, and love.   The top was covered with stickers as well as paint, so we took the time to scrape off all the stickers and then started sanding.  There were several layers of paint on this piece, and I wanted the finished product to look smooth, so I needed to sand it all the way down.  It's not hard work, but it does take some time.


Once it was all smooth, I added a few coats of fresh white paint.


I found some polka dotted knobs that I loved from Anthropologie, but then found almost exact replicas at Hobby Lobby for a fraction of the price.  Hobby Lobby for the win!  

My favorite part on the whole piece though is that handle on the middle drawer.  It was originally covered in layers of paint.  I read somewhere that you can easily remove layers of paint on hardware by cooking it in a crockpot filled with water.  I let it cook for a few hours, and the gross paint peeled right off to reveal this gorgeous handle.  A bit of white paint from the very first layer was left, but I actually liked how it added to the patina, so I left it.  


The little things make me so very happy.  $10 for the dresser.  $5 for hardware.  Vision.  Time.  Beauty unearthed.

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