Sunday, January 4, 2009

Going green...literally or how to spend a fun weekend with your hubbie

We are in desperate need for organization. Last year two messy people quickly merged their things, then quickly packed them in storage, then quickly moved into a new apartment, then got married. Basically leaving zero time for organization. So now two messy people are slowly working to get organized...well, one messy person is, the other messy person is watching a lot of the history channel. In any case: we are trying.

On the road to organization we happened to need a dresser and in an effort to be environmentally friendly, crafty and a little (maybe a LOT) adventurous, we decided to refurbish a thrifted dresser. Going into the hardware store we had our minds made up, only cherry red or black paint would do. Instead on a whim we decided to go with a cheap can of reject paint in an interesting army green meets olive tone.

After cleaning off the dresser and removing the drawers and hardware, we decided we wanted the dark original stain of the dresser to show through to make it look a bit distressed so we chose to only sand off the gloss. Beau and I took turns with a paint stripping level sandpaper. Once that was finished and the dust from sanding cleaned up; we set to work on the paint. Once again, we wanted the original color to show through so we used only about a coat and a half of paint. We let the entire thing dry for approximately 12 hours and reattached the old hardware. We'll find new stuff eventually but in the meantime the old antique gold hardware adds to the look.

In a little less than a day's work (with drying time)we had an eclectic, refurbished, slightly rustic dresser. Not bad for $25. Not to mention, we had a ton of fun reinventing the dresser. I suggest this activity to any newlywed couple looking for a fun weekend activity. Anyway, enjoy the pictures and yes...that is our little pup Frankie checking out the dresser in the before picture.

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