Monday, January 28, 2013

Showing off my drawers

Dresser drawers.

I had big plans of getting the dresser turned TV cabinet done this weekend.  I worked on it Saturday.  I got all of the turquoise done.  And I'm in love.  In.  Love.  I was going to paint the rest of the dresser on Sunday.  Instead I watched three movies with my husband and we bought a new TV.  A pretty, shiny, new TV.  It's kind of beautiful.

Anyway.  Back to the dresser.  The drawers all had to come out.  Three of them came out very easily.  The other two, my husband got out without too much trouble.  Turned out there was a funny little latch on the bottom keeping them in.  No big deal.  The last drawer required tools and a small amount of cursing.  The track on the bottom of the drawer had been replaced and didn't really work properly with the runner in the dresser.  There were tools.  There was finagling.  It finally came out.  And we can just fix the drawer with parts from one of the top drawers that's not going back in.  Perfect.

So, remember this is what we started with.
Not bad really.  Not really the most gorgeous piece of furniture but not nearly as hideous as it should have been to have only cost $30.  Those drawer pulls are going away and never coming back.  Just in case you were curious.  I don't think even spray paint can make them better.

So, this is where we're at now.  Yes, I am really painting in our spare bedroom in the basement.  This is a project I would normally do in the garage but there are two problems with that.  First, the garage is completely, I mean completely full of crap right now.  Second, it's winter, which is not conducive to doing projects in the garage with much success (without freezing anyway).  So, the bedroom it is.

All the drawers got a coat of turquoise paint on the inside and the out.  I also painted inside the dresser, just where the top drawers were.  That's where the shelf is going to go.  After I'd started painting the inside, I realized I hadn't really consulted my husband on the shelf being turquoise.  Oops.  He didn't seem to mind.

And if you're curious, right now this project is up to $50.  I spent $20 buying paint at Lowes Saturday, a quart of turquoise and a quart of brown.  Tonight I'm planning on getting at least one coat of brown on the rest of the dresser.  Hopefully two.  Depends how much I can get done between getting home from work and my husband getting off work.

What did you do this weekend?  Anybody else impulse buy a big TV?  Or actually get a project finished?


  1. Love the colors and it looks like you're coming along nicely! Oh man I'm jealous of your spare bedroom. Even our basement is packed to gills!!

    1. Thanks Crystal! Turquoise has become kind of a theme in our house. I'm trying not to be the crazy turquoise lady.
      Would it make you more jealous to know we actually have two spare bedrooms? And an office and a storage room. We don't have any kids though. So right now we get to be totally selfish with our space.

  2. It's looking so much better already! I can't wait to see the finished project!

    1. Thanks! I started painting the actual dresser last night and I love it so much. I can't wait to get it done so I can share pictures!