DIY: One Man’s trash is another woman’s treasure!

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I found this dresser on the sidewalk down the street from my place this summer and there was no way I could pass it up.  So I took it to my sister’s garage and got down and dirty by sanding it to its natural luster.  Unfortunately I do not have a picture of its original condition but basically had two coats of dirty off-white paint that has been on there I would guess for over two decades. The dresser was made in St. Barthelemy Quebec Canada and given its style and design I’m guessing it dates back to the 1980’s.

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Then I sprayed Valspar Spray Paint over the baby blue painted hardware and changed it to silver.

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The hardest part of this project was sanding down the drawers.

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Everything was going smoothly or so I thought until it was time to re-paint the dresser.  My original vision was to  use a type of paint called “milk paint” which essentially would be a light wash of paint over the original wood creating a rustic distressed look.  At the time I didn’t realize the difference between the paint type called “milk paint” and an actual brand called “milk paint”.  As you can imagine I was very disappointed and embarrassed to find out that I bought the wrong paint.  I could have gone back to the Home Depot and exchange it but I was so determined to finish it that weekend I made do with the paint colour I bought.

Click here for some interesting facts about Milk Paint.

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Anyways, after re-painting it I also ended up distressing the corners and edges by hand sanding it down to create a slight aged look.  I was very attached to my original thinking so the slight distressing was a happy medium.  But after a few weeks of it in my room I decided it needed a little something more. I realized that I no longer like the silver hardware colour I original selected and decided that with the little bit of  black matte paint I had left over from a few other side projects I’d re-paint the hardware black as well.

End result, my first recycle, reuse, and reinvented master piece of furniture is complete!

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4 Responses to DIY: One Man’s trash is another woman’s treasure!

  1. Penny January 27, 2012 at 1:28 am #

    Phenomenal!!! Very proud of you!

  2. Natasha
    Natasha January 27, 2012 at 1:51 am #

    Merci beaucoup 😀 xo

  3. stacey January 31, 2012 at 3:52 am #

    it looks soooo good tash, im inspired!!

    • Natasha
      Natasha February 4, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

      Amazing xoxo

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