More Dots, This Time in Yellow!

I warned you that I was smitten by the dots style and since the pink one I did sold so fast, I thought I would try it in another color. And since I had quite a bit of the paint leftover from the yellow ombré lingerie dresser (you can see it here), it seemed a no-brainer to do it in yellow.

Since I have transformed so many dressers, the process is also pretty routine. The dresser came from a gentleman who was clearing out a floor of an old warehouse and apparently had many pieces of furniture to sell. I am definitely going to go back to this man again. I picked this piece up for ten bucks! It did require a little work, as there seemed to have been something that gnawed at the bottom of one side, but this is what wood filler was made for! Two of the drawers required a little glue and one drawer needed a new bottom. All easy-peasy, as me and the Kid have become quite adept at fixing drawers. I think the only thing I really need more of is long clamps, as I resort to using paint cans to use as weights when I’ve used the two clamps I do have that are long enough to stretch the width of a drawer.

Once the drawers have been worked, it is back to the process that seems to work the best: repair, sanding, priming and then painting. Again, to paint the “dots” on the fronts, I laid it on my ottoman in front of the couch and painted them by hand while I watch a movie. Again, it was only the darkest shade of yellow that required a second coat, all the others have a built in primer that seems to help then get really solid coverage.

When the dresser had dried, it was time for handles. I had picked up really nice ceramic knobs from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore for fifty cents a piece and they had cleaned up very nicely. They were a nice crowning touch.

So, like I said, ‘easy peasy’. Here are the results:

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So, tomorrow I start a new job. I’ve been off for the last siz months or so and frankly had really started enjoying the break. But all good things must come to an end, so one of the “projects” I did today was to return my dining room, kitchen and entry way back into their respective rooms! Cleaning and clearing and organizing and putting tools back out in the garage. It might seem funny, but I miss being surrounded by my projects. It isn’t all put away, though, as the dresser the Kid has been working on is still in the house, it just needs handles. I moved all the completed projects out into the third bay of the garage, now awaiting new owners. And we won’t even talk about the insanity that has overtaken my sewing room!

Okay, dinner is just about ready, I just wanted to get this post completed and published. I am just two or three posts from my “100th” post and I’ve been trying to figure out what I am going to write about. I am excited to hit this milestone in blogging!

Thanks for dropping by! Keep crafting and creating beautiful things… it is what keeps us sane!

julie

From Done To Sold In Two Hours

An idea that stemmed from the desire to avoid repetition in painting and decorating the dressers that I have been working on lately, resulted in the quickest sale to date. Dare I say that the paint was barely dry before we were loading it into the back of the new owners’ truck.

I knew that the pink ombré style was successful, and was looking for something similar to do and still sell easily. While browsing Pinterest looking for ideas, I stumbled onto a great idea: dots.

So, without spending a lot of time writing, I will just show you in pictures. Started with one cute but pretty rough little dresser and performed the usual work.

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The drawers were in pretty sad shape and all of them required gluing and/or nailing to make them stronger. You can see in this photo, the back of this drawer was completely missing!

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Removed all the hardware (oh how I have come to dislike that style ubiquitous to the seventies’ furniture) and did a quick sanding of all the surfaces. Moved inside and applied two coats of a primer followed by two coats of a new shade of pink – “Be Mine”. I had been using as a base a lighter shade of pink called “Barely Pink” (how apropos!) but had come to feel that it was too light. And it photographed as white. I didn’t want the base to be overpowering, so I only stepped up one shade. I think it was a good call.

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Also, because the interiors of the drawers had been so dirty and had tape residue, I opted to line them in a cute pink and white fabric. Pretty simple process, but the glue saturated the fabric and left some discolored areas. In the end, it turned out okay, but I don’t think I will do that again. Or will use a less porous type of material, like a cotton duck or light vinyl.

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Then, it was onto the dots. This is the photo that inspired the whole idea. You can see more of it here.

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It looks like she used the same sized circles but I wanted to do something a little more lively. I rummaged through my cabinets until I found four sized round objects to use… goes to show that you should never overlook the obvious nor do you have to use a “tool” like a stencil. Sometimes anything will do.

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I find that placing things randomly usually provides a more pleasing effect than an organized placement. So, I simply laid down the cups/bowls and started drawing ovals. I liked that most of the dots were restricted to the right side with one random dot that strayed to the other side. Each specific size was assigned a color, the darker compliments of the pinks above:

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It was just a matter of painting them in. I mulled over a couple of options, but in the end, just opted to paint them in by hand with a paint brush. It was actually relaxing.

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I was able to lay the dresser on its back on my ottoman in front of my sofa and watch a movie and paint them in. Quite enjoyable. Once I was done, I simply left it there to dry overnight. The next morning, only the darkest pink required a second coat and it was just a matter of minutes to complete it. Then added my trademark white ceramic knobs and the masterpiece was complete.

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Once done, a quick couple of minutes to take some pictures, write a description and post it to Craigslist. It wasn’t but a matter of a couple of hours and I had two parties calling interested. And, like I said, later that afternoon, the Kid and I were loading it into the back of a SUV on its way to a new home. Barely had time to admire it! Actually had several more calls about it, of course convincing me that I must paint a couple of more in the same style. :-)

So, a quick before and after:

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I’ve got a couple of similar styled dressers already repaired, primed and have their first coats of paint. I was thinking of repeating this style, but not exactly, maybe larger circles or even stars or hearts. I might even try it with a blue cabinet and shades of blue dots or maybe something more ‘boyish’ like squares or stars. Maybe more neutral like green or yellow? Or perhaps a white base with more basic colors like red, yellow, orange, blue and green? Maybe try them all!

Thanks for dropping by and remember to keep creating beautiful things for the sake of beauty. The world is a little nicer to look at all decorated… :-)

julie

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