So, I've had these pine dressers from IKEA, circa 1997 or so. For years I've thought I should just take the plunge and paint them to update them a bit. Then one day while browsing through Hobby Lobby, I was stopped in my tracks by this awesome storage type unit that had each drawer painted a different neutral color and then distressed. I loved the piece, but had no use for it and well, the quality left something to be desired. But, inspiration striked and I thought my set would look great with a paint treatment.
Here's the before of the taller dresser:
So, here's the how-to. Since I was alone, I dragged each piece of furniture into the living room and onto a tarp. A few months ago, I learned my lesson the hard way that the key to painting IKEA furniture, no matter what type of wood it is made of, is to prime it with oil-based primer first. Yes, this stuff stinks to high heaven, but it works.
Then I rummaged around through my paint
I didn't take pictures of the next step since I didn't have a free hand, but I just got out the palm sander and went to town distressing. Then, I took a little glaze and added some black paint and brushed it on. With paper towels and rags, I wiped it off to give it that aged look. Here's the little piece:
And the larger dresser:
Since I had all of the furniture out of the room except the bed, I decided to paint the bedroom a fresh new color. I was a little tired of the brown and blue. No before pic on that one--I'm too lazy to scan one in. But here's the after--the color is Ryegrass from Behr. I also picked up some new bedding. Actually, just new sheets. I found the Waverly coverlet for $5 and the greenish duvet cover, which Tripp is laying on, for $2 at Salvation Army!!
And then, because it wasn't quite enough to just paint the furniture and bedroom, I added another project to the list. The staircase.
Let's talk about the staircase for a minute. This is what it looked like when I bought the house:
I'm not a big fan of carpet on stairs. I'm not a big fan of carpet in general. So, away it went. The railing did nothing for me as well. Bye bye.