Thursday, March 13, 2014

DIY Ombre Dresser

As you all know, our little girl is getting a "big girl" room. We had to get completely new furniture for the space, considering she only had a crib and an old nightstand in her nursery (which btw never got decorated after the move...oops!)

Anyway, I've said it before and I'll say it again...second hand stuff is awesome for these kind of projects! You can personalize it and make it whatever you want for a cheap price. And if you completely mess it up it's not a huge loss.

I needed a dresser and I am OBSESSED with the mid-century modern/Scandinavian look that's happening right now. Future hubs prefers a more contemporary look, so I figured her new room was the perfect excuse to design a room with this style (not a whole lot of people will be seeing it...except for you guys).

This dresser was a harder find. I watched craigslist like a hawk for two months before I found an old dresser that I could make new again (I found quite a few, but people wanted a ridiculous amount of money for something that wasn't in good shape). I saw this dresser and thought 'BINGO, folks!' I had an ombre design in mind when I made the purchase and here's how I did it...

Wood Filler - I used white since I was painting it white
Enamel Primer
White Enamel Paint - it's very important that you use enamel paint, because you can't polyurethane the white without it turning yellow over time
Ombre Paint - I used samples in case I ever have to fix a gash. This way the color will match. It was still cheap, the samples were only $3 each. If your dresser won't be getting roughed up by a toddler you can just buy the dark sample and add white paint to get your ombre shades
Foam Rollers

We had all of the supplies except for the paint.
Total Cost for this project: $70
Dresser: $35
Paint: $35

The first thing you need to do is wipe down the dresser and fill in any imperfections with wood filler (Be sure to do it in the dark to set the mood. hehe. Just kidding. I had to wait to start it until the little one went sleepy-bye). Once it's dry, sand the entire dresser.

After sanding, wipe it down with a damp cloth and allow it to dry. Once it's dry, remove the drawers and you're ready to prime!

I primed the dresser along with the drawers. It's important that you use a roller, otherwise you'll have brush marks (not speaking from experience or anything). I used a roller on the large areas and a brush for the smaller areas (like corners) and legs. After this dries, apply your first coat of paint.

You can see that I need another coat. I did a total of 4 coats on the dresser (I know, YIKES! I would've used another coat of primer if I had known) and 2 for the drawers.

TIP: Place your rollers in a plastic bag and put them in the refrigerator between coats. This helps them stay fresh and allows them to be reused!

After you paint, apply two coats of polyurethane to the drawers with a foam brush. Put them back in the dresser and you are finito!

P.S. Don't forget to ask your main squeeze to help you haul it up two flights of stairs...he sure does put up with a lot!

Stay tuned for more projects from her room aaaaaand....the big reveal!