To read the whole back story on the red dresser, you can find it here. The red dresser had a good run, and served it's purpose well. However, when we found out we had a little peanut on the way we decided the dresser would no longer hold my clothing, but would be given a new life and provide baby item storage, as well as a nice big surface for diaper changing.
After finally getting the room primed and painted white (which turned out to be a long drawn out task), we were finally ready to tackle the dresser (I'm dying to wash and put away the adorable tiny clothes we already have. However, priming and painting was not the only thing we had on our to-do list for this dresser. On top of changing the colour, there were a lot of fixes that needed to happen to make this dresser completely functional for baby.
- On the back of the dresser was some peg board someone had nailed on somewhere along the line, and we knew it would finally have to be replaced
- Most of the drawers were separating leaving gaps at the back, and one even worked as a "trick drawer". Every time I opened it I found only the drawer frame sliding forward, while the bottom of it more or less stayed put...
That would be the trusty old trick drawer pictured above, and you can even see the peg board backing on the dresser in the background. Solid piece of furniture, just needed some more TLC than we gave it the first time around.
As you can see from that same picture, the inside of the drawers were looking a little less than stellar as well. My plan was to paint the sides white and line the bottom of the drawers with some vintage wallpaper I had purchased last fall and had laying around. Yes, baby's dresser was going to be spectacular. With the whole plan laid out, B and I set to work priming...
(Yes, the whole project was completed indoors with open windows. It was not worth trying to manuever that beast down our awkward narrow staircase one more time. Plus, I think having it laid out in the nursery really motivated us to get moving). On Good Friday, while B and my Father were outside beautifying the exterior of our home, my Mom and I spent some time inside discussing the nursery plans (I've enlisted her to help me with a couple of projects). As we chatted, the first coat of turquoise went on and it was L-O-V-E! I must say once again, B deserves some serious recognition for picking out this colour... so proud of him!
I spent Friday night at my parents, and on Saturday before he drove out for Easter dinner, B got the second coat of turquoise on the dresser, and the first coat on the drawers. By end of day Easter Sunday, the dresser and drawers were pretty much done being painted (we just needed one more coat of white on the inside of the drawers), and the top of the dresser was sealed with a water based poly (care of B, while I was baking up some goodies for my last class).
Okay... so there's a little dresser sneak peak for you in the background. Gorgeous right? Want a little more of a look at that fabulous colour (It's a CIL colour by the way... called Thai Teal)? Well, two Sunday's ago B also managed to get that old peg board backing off, a new backing on and all of the drawers nailed and glued up to eliminate the trick drawer factor.
And here she is today, looking all pretty and ready to hold some adorably tiny baby clothes for our little peanut...
There you have it! FINALLY, a finished dresser... and you know what a finished dresser means? It means time to finally start pulling the nursery together! More fun stuff to come!
What did you get up to this past weekend? Finish any fun projects? Enjoy some lovely weather?