Painted Wood Dressing Table

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  January 7, 2013 — 6 Comments

I made some progress on my $16 thrifted desk/future bedside dressing table this weekend.

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Priority numero uno: eliminate duck stickers.

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They actually seemed to be more like decals than stickers. There was no distinct edge that I could peel up or chip away at. I ended up using a combination of sandpaper, magic eraser, my thumbnail, and a flat head screwdriver (to scrape).

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It’s a good thing I was planning on painting it because I really did some damage to the finish.

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Next step: roll on a thin coat of primer. I don’t always use primer, but since this was some sort of shiny veneer-like wood finish I worried the paint wouldn’t stick well. Plus the color I had in mind was really light and I only had a little bit of it leftover from another project so I couldn’t afford to be slapping on multiple coats.

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Once the primer was dry, I gave it two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray (leftover from Jack’s nursery).

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I waited a day before putting the hardware on and the drawers back in, at which point I realized I hadn’t painted far enough inside the edges. Oops! Luckily it didn’t take too long to fix and I didn’t wait a whole day before putting the drawers back again.

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Ta-da! I’m kind of undecided about the hardware. The metal plates behind the drawer pulls are kind of a bit much, but I’m going to live with them a while before taking them off. They’re growing on me a little already.

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The color looks much paler than it does on Jack’s walls. It definitely appears white at first glance, but when you compare it to something that is truly white you can see the difference. It’s a lovely pale gray.

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I’ve still got some stuff to do before it’s fully functional, like actually moving all my stuff into it, haha. I’d also like to drill a hole in the back for my cell phone charger, find a pretty mirror to sit on top (or maybe hang on the wall behind it?), and of course bring in a chair. Even simple projects like this get stretched waaaaay out with a tiny human monopolizing my time, but I think I’ll probably have it all done by the end of this week.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Yesterday was the official start of the Carnival season and if you’re friends with me on facebook you might have seen the photo I posted of Jack’s Mardi Gras ensemble and our first king cake of the year. Don’t worry, I did not feed sugar-coated-cake to my baby. He’ll have to wait until at least next year to get hopped up on Mardi Gras spirit. We’re going to be getting a lot of wear out of that outfit over the next month so don’t worry if we’re not facebook friends, I’m sure a photo will make it onto the blog before Fat Tuesday.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


6 responses to Painted Wood Dressing Table

  1. Single edge razor blades are really handy for scraping things like those decals. As well as opening some pesky packaging, cleaning my glass cooktop, etc. I always have a box in my drawer.

  2. Is that a new iphone I see?

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap January 7, 2013 at 11:43 am

      It is! I was eligible for an upgrade last month. I bought a bumper case for it but it crapped out after like a week, and I’ve dropped my phone like 17 times since. This is why my phones always suck!

  3. i enjoyed this redo, I think that you did a wonderful job!

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