A few weeks (no, I am lying) a few months ago, I found this little beauty on Craigslist. I believe it was once the bottom of a hutch. It is a bit taller than a dresser, leaner than a dresser and perfect for our breakfast room a.k.a freakishly small dining room. It was listed for 50, I snagged it for 40. This little gem is SOLID wood — very heavy. It came with what the seller thought were the most adorable apple shaped knobs.
First off, I knew the knobs had to go! See-ya knobs! I also knew the orange tinged stain was a goner too. Looked like it was time to get dirty!
This was my first time painting furniture (well, I painted one piece on a whim 9 years ago, with the wrong type of paint so that doesn't count). I was incredbility nervous as I walked into Home Depot to get supplies.
Now, don't get me wrong - - I was practically raised in a Home Depot. Walking onto a job site or into a construction store is in my blood. Heck, my dad ingrained The Home Depot so thick in my blood that I even worked there for a few years!
Anyway, I walked into HD armed with what I needed in mind -- a great color of paint ( a remix of Halycon Green by SW), a paint brush (do not chinch on this one my friends), a foam roller, stain and finishing wax. There you go! What I ended up with was a quart of primer plus primer in one from Behr (helloooooooo Behr!). And Stain and Wax (clear) from Miniwax. In all supplies were 33.09.
I am waiting for a later date to write a full tutorial on how I did this but for now I will share that THIS MAMA HAS MAD SKILLS!
Seriously, I am so happy with the piece! While I do not think the aging is perfect -- for my first time I am seriously HAPPY! I love the color, the texture, the Pottery Barn type hard finish on the paint - I love, love, love the new piece! It is the perfect addition to the breakfast room!
The part I love best about this project is the investment. In all painting, staining, waxing took me 3 hours. I was even able to include the kids on most of it. I spent 40 on the piece. Then spent another 33 on supplies. If you recognize the fact that there are enough supplies left to probably finish 4 more pieces then I really only spent 6.60 on supplies. So for a custom piece that I drool over every time I see it -- a grand total of 46.60! Yup - one happy mama!
And since you might be concerned about the apple knobs -- as I drove out of the Craiglists ladie's neighborhood she chased me down with these black oil rubbed beauties in her hands! Thank you Jesus!