I just might love thrift stores more then Target ….. (GASP).
Ok, really they tie in winning over my money. Over the weekend I finally had the chance to paint this pretty french dresser that has been sitting in my garage for the past few months. I searched for a before picture. I usually try take a photo at the thrift store, I must have deleted it trying to add more storage to my icloud. Imagine a dirty white dresser full of marker drawings… must have been in a kids room.
Thrift stores are the best place to find furniture. I have been looking for a french dresser for awhile. While skimming Craig’s-list ( a nightly ritual while watching the news) I found they are pricey, usually starting way over $100, so when I found this beauty for $20 at good-will it didn’t take long to claim it. Oh, and I had a coupon from donating. Don’t forget to donate and use your 20-30% coupons.
A few painting tips:
- Buy sample containers in FLAT finish ( under $3) I was able to paint this entire dresser with one sample container
- If the knobs are in good shape, keep them. With a little white spray paint these original knobs look great. I used a little sand paper to give them a more rustic look which allowed some of the metal to show through.
- Sanding, hardly do I ever sand before painting. The only time I do is if there is something that needs to be smoothed.
- Wax. With the flat finish you can use any kind of wax to create a smooth finish. I used both clear and dark by Annie Sloan. If you don’t want to buy dark wax you can use a dark stain to create a dirty wash around the edges .
Painting has always been very therapeutic for me. As a child I would beg my mom to take me to the paint store to pick out paint in which I would spend my weekend repainting and decorating my room. My mom soon embraced my love for painting and went along with all my crazy ideas.
Any project with a pink paint brush is my favorite.