It Ain't Easy Being Green

I had been eyeing this little green dresser for sale on Kijiji for a little while. It was originally listed for $30 bucks but I waited it out and it eventually dropped to $20. That was a little more my price range since it would need new hardware and probably a strip down. I was willing to do a little stripping (no, not that kind!) since I had such an easy time with this dresser. When I picked it up the drawers were a little sticky so I decided to take the paint off.



This time it did not go as well. Even though that first dresser had three coats of paint on it all came off easy. This green dresser had a layer of primer underneath which made it a little harder. Putting on a layer of stripper took off the green no problem, it was the primer that was giving me trouble. After the green was off I kept trying to put on stripper to get the primer off but it wouldn't bubble up. I was doing a combo of scraping and sanding to get it off. Of course, now that I think about it, why was I so intent on getting the primer off when I was just going to put more back on? I think I'm a little OCD.

Anyway, I finally figured out that after the paint was off I could just put the stripper on the primer, let it sit a little, then kinda swirl it around with the brush and then wipe it off with a wet cloth. I was almost done when I found this "technique".



I love these keyholes! Has anyone had any luck trying to lock and unlock these with a bobbypin or something?



Painting around the keyhole presented a problem since I use a paint sprayer, so I covered it with tape while painting. However some paint came off when I took off the tape. I had to sand it a bit then paint with a modified makeup brush. I really need to buy some small brushes!





The dresser also came with a mirror that had not been painted green (whew!). Although, one side of the mirror frame had broken off at the bottom so I hacked off the other side so it would be even. I picked up some antique brass pulls to match the keyhole.



The "oops" can of paint that I picked up for this said the colour was "pale yellow" but it's more of a creamy white. I think it's perfect for this piece. I love this dresser, it turned out so pretty!




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30 comments:

  1. it's stunning now!!! i love the pulls you used. it is just sheer cottage cuteness!

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  2. It looks gorgeous! I love the whisper of colour!

    XO
    Lenore

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  3. That turned out great. Don't you love how you never know EXACTLY what you're getting in a paint color? Glad this one worked out for ya :)

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  4. Wow! That green paint was fairly awful, but it is so pretty now. Your perseverance paid off! La

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  5. I like the keyholes too. It looks so nice and fresh now. I also like the knobs.

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  6. I love the pull knobs! Great piece...

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  7. Absolutely beautiful dresser. Can't beat the old ones.. you really got a steal there.
    It looks fabulous in white!

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  8. Lovely! Great drawer pulls!

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  9. Found this on Transformation Thursdays! Looks fantastic; that little key whole is soooooo cool!

    visiting from Down on Sanford
    http://downonsanford.blogspot.com/

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  10. Stopping by from Furniture Feature Friday! This turned out awesome! Love the key hole!

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  11. Such a great piece! Great job!

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  12. Hi Cathy!
    It looks beautiful, bravo:))
    Greetings from Europe, Biljana

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  13. Pretty, pretty!! I love the transformation to creamy loveliness. I'm putting your dresser in the Spotlight @ The PoPP on Saturday... thanks for linking up.

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  14. Looks so pretty! Your hard word paid off :) wonderful job!

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  15. Looks great! Next time you do something like that, don't use tape...take a q-tip and rub some Vaseline on the area. The paint will go right over it and when the paint dries u just wipe off the Vaseline(petroleum jelly)

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  16. Love the pulls - they look really great with the new paint color!

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  17. Great job! It looks so fresh and I love the cute pulls.

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  18. I have a couple pieces of furniture with key holes like your dresser. Antique shops and flea markets have old fashioned skeleton keys in all different sizes. I didn't have a key to either of my desks, but using some found skeleton keys the right size, they work great! Maybe this would be a good place to try! http://www.kennedyhardware.com/skeleton-keys/?gclid=CNmgusuip6MCFYlY2godsVv-5Q

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  19. This is OH so pretty! I love the hardware that you added to it.

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  20. I love it! Great job! And I love the hardware you chose.

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  21. Ok, so where did you pick up the oops paint? Home Depot? somewhere else? Do you have to ask for it? lol Sorry so many questions, I thought it was one of things that they had in the U.S. only, lol. I tried looking for some at HD the other week, but nope. Maybe I should ask. :)

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  22. Every paint store has an oops pile, just ask next time, it's there somewhere:)

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  23. WOW so very pretty!! LOVE the hardware!

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  24. This is a great make over project! I love the color you chose. :) I write a column for the Examiner.com about crafting on a budget. This month's theme is DIY Home Projects and I would love to feature this make over. I would link to your blog and credit any photos used to you. It's a great way to share low budget projects across the web. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks!

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  25. What a beautiful piece...and it really stands out now with the new hardware. Beautiful job! thanks so much for linking up to Style Feature Saturday! -shaunna :)

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  26. Wow! Great job! Love the hardware!
    I'm a new follower!

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  27. This is BEAUTIFUL..... would you mind sharing where you got the great drawer pulls? I can't find em anywhere but online. If you wouldn't mind sharing....please email me at: lindavb50208@yahoo.com

    Thanks so much for sharing. Linda VB

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